Greener Behrend: Waste Reduction

  • Avoid disposable products:
    • Contacts
    • Razors
    • Napkins
    • Dish towels
    • Cups
    • Plates
    • Silverware
    • Batteries
  • If you must use disposable products, buy biodegradable/recyclable ones.
  • Buy larger “economy” sizes and use to refill smaller containers.
  • Don’t throw out needles, drugs, aspirators or other medicinal waste in trash;most pharmacists will dispose of them if brought in sealed containers.
  • Use cloth diapers for babies.
  • Compost organic waste.
  • Save leftovers in freezer for soups and stews.
  • Recycle.
  • Bring groceries home in least amount of bags, or bring your own.
  • Choose paper instead of plastic.
  • Recycle grocery bags, either at the store or for other uses.
  • Buy food and other products wrapped in least amount of packaging.
  • Urge grocery store to stock paper, not plastic produce bags.
  • Write to companies that over-package products.
  • Avoid plastic products were possible.
  • Refuse to buy products packaged with polystyrene plastic.
  • Try having “no waste” picnics/parties (everything used can be reused or recycled).
  • Use newspaper or straw for packing materials.
  • Buy eggs in cardboard cartons.
  • Do not dispose of hazardous materials in trash.
    • Recycle when possible.
    • Avoid purchasing hazardous products.
  • Recycle used ribbons, bows, and decorative wrappings.
  • Find alternatives to store-bought wrapping paper.
  • Buy live holiday tree.
  • Consider an artificial tree.
  • Recycle cut trees.
  • Consider alternative holiday presents:
    • Experience gifts (balloon ride, boat ride, etc)
    • Season tickets to local events
    • Membership to local organization
    • Homemade gifts
    • Plants
  • Reconsider need for products/goods you buy.
  • Use both sides of paper.
  • Re-use products whenever possible.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Buy concentrated, multi-purpose products.
  • Buy products in cardboard (and recycle cardboard).
  • Borrow or rent items you don’t use often.
  • Maintain and repair items you own.
  • Donate used items:
    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Furniture
  • Avoid throwaway lunch containers (Bruno’s offers a discount for using a refillable mug!!).
  • Reduce amount of junk mail received (visit www.obviously.com/junkmail).