‘Reduce, reuse, and recycle’ is the phrase that was originally coined to encourage folks to become environmentally aware of the impact they have on the earth. While recycling has been the biggest push out of those three actions, it is still critical to pay attention to the other two.
The ‘reduce’ part of going green refers to reducing the amount of things that you consume. Reduce your use of items where possible. Reduce the amount of canned soda pop that you drink so that there are less aluminum cans going to the recycling center. Reduce the number of take-out meals you buy so that you have less Styrofoam containers to throw away. Instead of using paper towels, use cloth towels.
Reusing items that you have not only saves on the environment it also saves on the pocketbook. Refill your ink cartridge instead of buying new ones. Remake adult sized clothing into clothing for children. Buy rechargeable batteries so you have fewer batteries thrown away.
Recycle your technology. Each year, tons of technology ends up in a land fill. Cell phones, computers monitors, television sets, old VHS or DVD players could be sold through classified ads or yard sales. They could be donated to a local charity organization or schools. Many stores that sell electronics are willing to buy back your old electronics and dispose of them for you.
Make sure you have recycling bins in your home. Label them for plastics, aluminum, and paper. Make sure each family member uses the bins when throwing items away. Contact your city offices to see about recycling collection so that they can stop at your home to empty your bins.