Educate yourself and others
about reduce, reuse and recycle
Educate manufacturers. Consider writing to companies to encourage them to reduce unnecessary packaging, use non-hazardous or less hazardous materials, use materials that can be easily recycled and to buy recycled materials for use in their manufacturing.
Educate retailers. Recognize and support stores which use less packaging or sell products that are recyclable and/or contain recycled materials.
Educate governments, schools and businesses. Encourage local governments, schools and businesses to: reduce waste, recycle (paper and cardboard count for a large part of governments’, schools’ and businesses’ waste) and buy recyclable/recycled items.
Educate yourself. Learn what your community has to offer in the way of recycling. Call local solid waste departments, collection companies, recycling centers, recycling businesses or the state operated 1-800-RECYCLE Hotline to find out what materials can be recycled locally, how they are to be prepared and where the recycling sites are located.
Educate those around you. Share information about source reduction, recycling, buying recycled products and composting with your family, friends, and neighbors. Encourage them to learn more about solid waste issues and to work towards implementing and promoting ways to reduce waste.