Do you know the three “R’s” of waste products? How to Reduce Reuse Recycle should be a mantra your household lives by on a daily basis. They are not hard to learn. These days, even elementary school children are taught about the necessity of doing something more constructive with the billions of pounds of garbage that is generated daily in every community across the globe. Do your part and provide a good example for your children and others.
R stands for Reduce
This refers to the amount of garbage that you and your family generate. Try to buy items that are going to last longer so you do not have to buy them as often. Sure, there will be some items that do not have a long shelf life but you can still try to find those items that do. Some packaging contains harsher chemicals than others. It may cost you a dollar or two more but try to go with items that have less packaging.
R stands for Reuse
Reusing is next in the reduce reuse recycle series. There are many items that you would normally throw in the trash that can reused for other purposes. For instance, plastic containers, once properly cleaned, have several different uses. Take for example a plastic milk jug that can be used as a flower pot or as an empty container for water, tea or juice. Do not forget about the great art projects that can be made using an old plastic yogurt pot! Children can be entertained for hours.
R stands for Recycling
This means utilizing a recycling program from your sanitation department or local environmental services. You can find out what materials are acceptable locally for recycling and then get the appropriate containers into which you can place that material for pick-up. Plastics go into one container. Paper goes into another container and glass goes into a separate container. Then all three, along with garbage that cannot be recycled, is picked up by your local sanitation or kerbside recycling program. As well, you can recycle your food waste products by starting a compost heap in your back yard.
Just remember to “reduce reuse recycle” and you will be doing your part, not just for yourself but for future generations. It is remarkably easy to get started and once you have mastered the basics you will be a recycling guru.