Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Part 3
Every time you go to throw something away, ask yourself these questions: Is there a way I could have avoided buying this disposable thing? (Reduce) Is there a way I can reuse it before getting rid of it? (Reuse) Can I bring this somewhere to be recycled so it doesn't end up in a landfill? (Recycle) After learning about how to reduce and reuse stuff before you throw it away, you should barely have anything left to recycle. Recycling should be your last option, but for those times when there is just nothing left to do, here are some recycling ideas:
Napkins/Paper Towels/Tissues/Toilet Paper
How to recycle: You should have much less of this kind of garbage now that you have reduced the disposable stuff from your life, but for the times when you do absolutely need to buy it (I guess you do still need to buy toilet paper!), make sure you get "post-consumer recycled products." This means that it is made from the old newspapers and stuff that people brought to the recycling center. So even though you are using something disposable that will end up in a landfill, at least you didn't kill any trees to make it!
Cell Phone/Computer/Electronic Devices
How to recycle: If your old electronic device still works, find a charity that will take it. If it's really broken, absolutely do not put it in the garbage. It might have chemicals that can poison the groundwater. Take it to your local recycling center where they can safely process it.
How to recycle: If your old clothes are still in good condition and you absolutely can't reuse them, take them to the local thrift shop, or find a charity that collects clothes for disaster victims. Ask your parents to help you find an organization, but don't let your clothes go to waste!
How to recycle: Hopefully, your school lunch is totally waste-free like Moderator Elise on the Save the Planet Board so you shouldn't have any plastic or aluminum containers to recycle. But if you do, make sure you recycle them! If your school doesn't have separate recycling bins, save the empty container in your backpack and recycle it at home. Then have a chat with the principal and get recycling bins in your school lunchroom already!
These are just a few ways to RECYCLE, but there are thousands more ways to reduce the amount of stuff that gets thrown away. What are YOUR ideas? Let us know in the Comments.