Great Tips to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reducing what goes into the garbage bag is a change you can make that can have a huge impact, such as utilizing reusable grocery bags instead of paper or plastic.
The following are more ideas for you to help you make those small changes:
Reduce Water Consumption - Weston on a whole uses a lot of water. A lot. There are pretty minor and major things you can do inside and outside the home to reduce household water usage.
Stop Junk Mail - there are online resources to help you unsubscribe from prospect mailings and catalogs. You can also contact the companies you do business with and request to be removed from their catalog mailing list.
Recyclopedia - if you have no clue if its recyclable, donatable or total junk, try this online reference tool. Just type in the name and it will tell you what to do with it. Even if you think it's something that can be recycled, you might learn that it's not, which will greatly reduce contaminated hauls.
Composting - food waste and scraps are heavy and they take up a lot of room in the garbage bag, yet this is organic material that is gardening gold - if not for you, then for others - but most importantly keeping it out of the garbage bag is best for everyone.
Textiles - did you know that 95% of textiles can be reused? Those throw rugs, worn out sheets, faded curtains, beat up sneakers, flat pillows, holey socks, backpacks, blown-out jeans and pants, stuffed animals and so much more that you don't think can be used by anyone can actually be recycled into other products such as stuffing, insulation, wiping cloths, and more. There is money in reselling these items. Goodwill takes it and so does the Transfer Station.
E-Waste - cords and chargers, remotes, computer peripherals, TVs, radios, digital cameras, printers, fax machines, and other electronic devices don't need to go into the trash bag either. They're recyclable and the Transfer Station has a collection trailer for it all.
Furniture/Household Goods - generally speaking, it can be fixed up, repurposed, or donated. There's a growing business in flipping furniture, too. Find organizations that will take it or find an online resource for getting rid of it.
Slash Trash Talk - MetroWest Climate Solutions has a series of climate positive talks. The Slash Trash talk from March is with Kristi Pecci is a good one for finding more you can do to keep the garbage bag less full.