Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Tips
Use reusable batteries.
Consider buying reusable batteries. The average person throws away eight batteries per year. Rechargeable batteries can significantly reduce your waste, save you money, and reduce your number of trips to the hardware store to buy the throw-aways! Batteries are an environmental hazard because they contribute to heavy metals that may leach from solid waste landfills. Batteries also expose the environment and water to lead and acid.
Join the library.
Borrow books from your local library. You can save trees from being cut down to make paper for books and save money too! You can borrow books from your local library free of charge. The Los Angeles Public Library will even transfer books from one branch to another for free so you can make a short trip to the branch that is closest to you. Check out lapl.org for more information. You can also visit your local used book store.
Buy products that will last and take care of them. Products that are not made well will often require you to throw it out and head back to the store very soon to buy a replacement. When you are purchasing an item like food storage containers or even furniture, consider buying items that will hold up over time to avoid having to throw it out and replace it soon.
Have a garage sale.
Host or visit a garage sale. This is a great way to reuse products. Before throwing out that old portable pool your kids used or that pair of rollerblades you might not have gotten around to using, consider joining with neighbors and holding a garage sale. You never know what you have that someone else could really use! By passing an item on to someone else it saves it from being thrown away.
Use reusable towels and rags in the kitchen.
Hang a nice hand towel in your kitchen to dry hands and dishes. Keep another one to clean up spills. Try to limit your use of paper towels. Think about all the resources it takes to process wood, manufacture paper towels, package them, and transport them to your local store. If you have to use paper towels look for ones made from recycled content.
For a great resource on local recycling centers nationwide visit Earth911.