April 15, 2013
Celebrate Earth Day This Year
Recycle in New Ways!
Earth Day is April 22nd! Here are seven ways to protect the earth by creating less trash.
- Recycle paperboard. It’s the thin cardboard packaging that holds many of the items we buy, like cereal and tissue. Pizza boxes aren’t accepted because they may have food residue.
- Recycle more paper. That includes school papers, junk mail, magazines and catalogs. Even window envelopes and colored paper can be recycled.
- Don’t put leftover food into the trash. About a third of what goes into the trash is food. Compost it instead.
- Recycle electronics. E-waste is the fasting growing disposal problem in the country. Its components are both dangerous and valuable. Website buyback programs and qualified recyclers are listed at DoYourPart.com.
- Think about how items can be reused. Glass jars are ideal for storing leftovers. Old holiday cards can be turned into gift tags. Sell sporting equipment in a yard sale.
- Save outgrown or out-of-favor clothes so others can use them. Make a tax deductible contribution to a charity. Sell nice things on eBay or through a consignment shop. Even torn or worn-out clothing can be donated to Goodwill, which sells them to recyclers.
- Buy food and drinks in larger packaging, like gallon bottles of water instead of individual bottles.