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November 15th is America Recycles Day…

2011 November 15

Reduce Recycle ReuseWe all know the 3r’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. While recycling is important it’s the last step, not the first. Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste.  So what can you do about it?

• Reduce food waste by using up the food you already bought and have in the house instead of buying more. You already paid for it – so use it!
• Donate non-perishable and unspoiled food to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters.
• Reuse items around the house such as rags and wipes, empty jars and mugs, party decorations, and gift wrap.
• Buy products in concentrate, bulk, and in refillable containers. They reduce packaging waste and can save money!
• When buying products, check the labels to determine an item’s recyclability and whether it is made from recycled materials. Buying recycled encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content products available.

Find out more about what you can do at the student’s America Recycles Day webpage:  http://www.epa.gov/students/amrecycles.html

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  1. Megan permalink*
    November 15, 2011

    EPA has a great Waste Free Lunch Poster that focuses on ways to reduce your waste: http://www.epa.gov/osw/education/lunch.htm

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