If you have fully embraced "Reduce, Reuse Recycle" there are two more “R's" to learn...


Don’t create waste if you don’t have to
A few good examples:
– Save up to thousands of bottles and cans per year and use refillable bottles instead of buying single use beverage containers
– Copy documents on both sides of the paper instead of single-sided copying
– Use cloth bags at stores and just say NO to paper AND plastic


Reuse any material or product you can before you give it away or recycle it
A few good examples:
– Binders, manila folders, and mailing envelopes
– Share gently used clothing and toys your children have outgrown with friends and family
     – Clothing, toys, and gardening implements can be donated to thrift stores such as Savers (HOPE Services), Goodwill Industries, and Salvation Army
     – See the Moving Resources page for more details and places to donate


Fix stuff before tossing it and buying new
A few good examples:
– Buy a knife sharpener and revive those tired knives
– Buy furniture and products that last and fix or re-finish them to give them a new look
– Sharpen gardening implements…a sharpened shovel or hoe makes life so much easier


Kitchen scraps and yard trimmings are too valuable to bury in landfills
– Compost makes great soil. Learn to compost...
– In each residential trash cart destined for the landfill, approximately 40% of it is food, and it is bulky and heavy
     – Households that compost can save money on monthly disposal fees by reducing the size of their trash container to a smaller size! 
– Children love to compost and can learn so much about science if encouraged to participate in this fun process


Last but not least, if you absolutely cannot do something else with your stuff, find a way to recycle it
– Buy in bulk to eliminate excess packaging that needs to be recycled
– Recycle your bottles and cans at a local buyback center and get your deposit of 5 and 10 cents returned on your single use bottles and cans
– Get off all the junk mail lists you are on (Learn more...)