The average American produces a lot of waste every day. Recycling is great for things we have to use, but it is even better to prevent waste in the first place by reducing what we buy! Here are some tips to make less waste.
The NYSDEC has some great ideas for reducing waste, which they call PREcycling
Look for items without packaging – shop the bulk section, the produce aisle
Bring your own reusable produce and bulk food bags to the store
Bring your own shopping bags to every store you go to – not just the grocery store, but also to clothing stores, convenience stores, even home improvement stores.
For packaged items:
Look for concentrates
Buy bigger sizes
Look for reusable and refillable packaging
Buy refillable milk and soda containers
Use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper ones
Switch to a reusable razor
Use washable plates instead of disposable
Switch to rechargeable batteries
Donate items that you no longer need to charities
Think before you print and use both sides of the paper