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101 Ways to Reduce Waste

 1     Replace disposable with reusable

2     Buy used instead of new

3     Recycle your cans

4     Maintain your car; it'll last longer

5     Garden

6     Reupholster a raggedy old sofa instead of throwing it out

7     Replace disposable alkaline batteries with rechargeable batteries

8     Drop unwanted paint off at the Tucson/Pima Household Hazardous Waste Program

9     Donate still useful items to charitable groups

10    Use remanufactured toner cartridges; they perform the same as new ones and cost less

11    Maximize the life of appliances by performing regular maintenance

12    Shop resale stores, yard sales, second hand, donation centers and estate sales--good for the budget and the earth

13    Rent, lend, and borrow instead of buying new

14    Keep tires inflated, they'll last longer and your car will pollute less

15    Learn about your local recycling opportunities

16    Participate in your local recycling programs

17    While on vacation, use the recycling programs at parks, hotels and campgrounds

18    Recycle your Christmas tree at Treecycle instead of dumping it

19    Invest in a living or artificial Christmas tree that you can enjoy for many years

20    Look for a reusable coffee filter to replace disposable filters

21    Donate your old glasses to service groups who forward them to folks in need

22    Generate revenue by practicing thrift

23    Reuse envelopes

24    Bring a reusable mug to work

25    Rent formal wear

26    Use reusable furnace and air conditioner filters

27    Repair and refinish well-used furniture

28    Compost (let it rot)

29    Maintain your property, goods, and stuff--they will last  longer

30    Share your knowledge

31    Borrow books from the library

32    Leave grass clippings on lawn

33    Give a battery charger with rechargeable batteries as a gift

34    Have a white elephant party; it's a great way to pass along unwanted stuff

35    Recycle your plastic beverage containers

36    Reuse wrapping paper to re-wrap or line shelves and drawers

37    Cut the front off of greeting cards you receive and re-send them as postcards or use as gift tags

38    Break the paper towel habit; use cloth and sponges

39    Change your cooler pads; it will run more efficiently

40    Bring a "no garbage" lunch to work or school, using reusable containers, bags, and a thermos

41    Read, then pass on your magazines to offices, hospitals or other waiting rooms to be re-read

42    Make your mattress last--turn it and reverse it end-to-end twice a year

43    Donate your old mattress to others

44    Ride your bike

45    Close the drapes to keep the room cool

46    Dry clothing on clothesline instead of using a gas or electric dryer

47    Recycle your corrugated cardboard

48    Recycle your glass containers

49    Buy what you need, use what you buy

50    Repair durable goods instead of dumping them when they fail

51    Offer leftovers to neighbors and friends

52    Don't buy a gallon when a quart will do

53    Be water smart; install low-flow plumbing fixtures

54    Make note pads out of print overruns, computer printouts, outdated forms and stationery

55    Print and copy on both sides of the paper

56    Use routing slips to circulate memos instead of making multiple copies

57    Donate old computers

58    Call 1-877-3LITTER to report Arizona litterbugs

59    Reuse empty containers to refrigerate  leftovers, pack lunch food, keep buttons, or store hardware in the shop

60    Buy the large size of items you use often

61    Use refillables in lotions, soaps, and cleaning products

62    Get a closer shave by using reusable razors

63    Avoid disposables

64    Pass on or donate stuff your kids have outgrown

65    Reuse packing pellets or offer them for reuse to packing services and postal mailing centers

66    Rotate your tires; they'll last longer

67    Take a re-usable bag shopping

68    Rent or borrow instead buying movies and video games

69    Keep mailing lists current to avoid duplication

70    Use concentrates

71    Look for products with high levels of post-consumer materials

72    Use non-toxic products

73    Buy products with minimal packaging

74    Reformat computer disks for reuse

75    Reformat videotapes for reuse

76    Reduce excess

77    Buy in bulk and use it all

78    Carpool

79    Use water based paints

80    Turn your computer monitor off when leaving for more than an hour

81    Share

82    Change habits

83    Buy products in packaging that can be recycled locally

84    Minimize packaging

85    Lend

86    Look for durability in products you buy and use, not just lower price

87    RE-think habits and customs

88    Reuse grocery bags

89    Stop receiving unwanted mail (call 791-5000 to find out how)

90    Take the bus

91    Consolidate trips and errands to one trip

92    Turn the car off while waiting in line

93    Walk, ride bikes, roller blade, skateboard instead of driving

94    Recycle your newspaper

95    Turn the light off when you leave the room

96    Conserve water

97    Wrap gifts in materials you already have such as the comics, children's artwork, colorful bags, scarves, maps, or fabric

98    Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator every few months--you can reduce electricity consumption 6% or more

99    Listen to your parents (they have good ideas)

100   Talk to someone who lived during the depression to learn how it was

101   Pass this list on to someone else


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