Tip Sheets

At home:

  • Think twice before throwing something away. Can you reuse, give away, or sell it?
  • Rent, borrow, or share things you use infrequently.
  • Repair or maintain items you already have, particularly large appliances, and electronic equipment.

While shopping:

  • Buy products made from recycled materials.
  • Choose products with the least necessary wrapping.
  • Consider large or economy size containers for household products that are used frequently.
  • Buy in bulk units at large warehouse centers and share cost with neighbors or family members.
  • Use canvas bags instead of plastic or paper.

In your back yard:

  • Manage your yard so it creates less waste by grasscycling, xeriscaping, and mulching.
  • Compost yard trimmings and kitchen scraps.

At work:

  • Bring a mug to work for your coffee or tea.
  • Persuade your company's purchasing department to choose reusable and recyclable products.
  • Start an office paper and newspaper recycling program.
  • Switch to double-sided copying.