Create Less Waste in the First Place
Recycling gets a lot of attention, but we actually see it as the last step before throwing something away...did you realize that there are many ways to reduce the amount of waste you create long before you have something left to recycle?
While recycling is good, it's even better to reduce waste in the first place! From avoiding materials that aren't recyclable or eliminating practices like excessive purchasing, to reusing resources whenever possible, there are a lot of simple ways to decrease our impact on the waste stream. Think of these strategies as "precycling"!
Precycling is the process of thinking things through before acquiring something new. Before buying a product there are some simple questions that can be considered, such as, "When I am finished with this, what will happen? Will it go off to a landfill or is it recyclable? Will I be able to reuse it somehow, or am I going to donate it to someone? How long will this item last? Is there a more durable alternative?" Knowing the answer to questions like these before shopping for a product is a great step towards creating less waste.
Here are a few ways to think ahead and precycle:
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Remember "reduce, reuse, then recycle!"
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