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Fall Recycling Tips

 

School

 

  • Use products made from recycled products, such as pencils, binders and recycled paper.
  • Use refillable pens, rechargeable batteries and scrap paper for notes.
  • Use and purchase school supplies that comes in minimal packaging.
  • Buy products that come in bulk sizes.
  • Use non-toxic products, inks and art supplies.
  • Package school lunches in reusable containers. Use a thermos instead of disposable bottles or cartons.
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    Tips for Home

     

  • Reduce the house temperature one degree at a time and wear a sweater or fleece to stay comfy.
  • Caulk windows and doors to keep head inside and cold air out.
  • Purchase green energy from your utility company, when available.
  • Install energy efficient light bulbs.
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    Fall Tailgating

  • Use reusable dinnerware.
  • Recycle all bottles and cans
  • Re-purpose a canvas shopping tote as a picnic bag or use old backpack or holiday baskets.
  • Use biodegradable silver ware and plates or recycled materials.
  • Remember to take your waste with you, Take an extra bag for recyclable material.
  • If you are buying a new grill, look for one with burner feature. You'll be able to cook as well as grill outside, which reduces your energy needs in your kitchen.
  • Pack your food in reusable containers instead of disposable ones.
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    Composting and Leafs

     

  • Use compost whenever possible. If you are not creating your own, then see what programs are in the are where you can purchase natural compost instead of something from the hardware or lawn and garden store.
  • Recycle the best leaves into craft projects.
  • Clean fall leaves to use for indoor decorations.
  • Use fall leaves for Halloween decorations.
  • Make mulch for your Fall plants.
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    Burn Barrels

     

  • DO NOT USE A BURN BARREL!
  • They do not burn efficiently, thus generating a lot of smoke toxins, including dioxins.
  • Burn barrel are illegal in many areas, particularly neighborhoods.
  • If you have a barrel, dispose of it.
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    Household Hazardous Waste

     

  • Store cleansers and other chemicals in cupboards that are inaccessible to children, in original labeled containers with lids.
  • Fall is a good time to clean out old hazardous waste materials in the basement, closets and garage.
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