9 ways to Green Your Garbage
Toss your trash and your waste hauler hauls it away. Out of sight, out of mind. Trouble is, all that trash piling up is increasingly, well, a pile of environmental trouble. Before you toss next time, try these strategies for reducing, reusing, and recycling first.
The first rung on the "reduce, reuse, recycle" ladder is the ultimate garbage minimizer. By consuming less, you end up tossing less.
Give new life to old items by giving them to someone who can use them or finding creative new uses for what could otherwise end up as landfill waste.
By recycling your garbage, you keep valuable material out of landfills, provide resources to the recycling industry, support local jobs, and keep toxins out of soil and water.
You don't need a backyard to compost! All you need is a bag to collect the stuff and the commitment to keeping organic waste out of the landfill.
Buying products made from recycled materials keeps trash out of the landfill and reuses resources rather than requiring the eco-unfriendly procurement and processing of virgin ones.
Prevent toxic chemicals from old paint and used car oil from leaching into groundwater and soil by taking them to your local toxic roundup center.
Many appliances, such as refrigerators, contain chemicals that can deplete the ozone layer and must be disposed of with special care.
Old or unused medication can contaminate groundwater if flushed or poured down the drain. Find out the correct way to dispose of them.
What's junk to you may be a jewel to someone else.