Reduce Your Waste by Pre-cycling

Pre-cycling is the most effective waste reduction strategy and refers to reducing the amount, or the toxicity, of your waste BEFORE you generate it. Try these pre-cycling tips:

  • Take reusable canvas or cloth bags with you when you shop. Americans are now using billions of plastic bags each year, a majority of which end up in the landfill.
  • Have your name removed from mailing lists to reduce junk mail. Go to:
  • Rent or borrow items you rarely use, and share with neighbors and friends.
  • Avoid wasteful impulse buying. Stick to your list and your budget.
  • Purchase products in bulk. This not only saves you money, but it can save packaging waste.
  • Also look to purchase refillable and recyclable packages.
  • Avoid preparing too much food. Freeze or give away your leftovers.
  • Choose non-toxic alternatives to hazardous products. Learn more here.
  • Ditch disposables (diapers, batteries, cameras, dust mops, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, paper cups); this is a money saver as well.