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Recycling, Upcycling, Downcycling, Precycling, Freecycling, E-cycling

Exactly what is precycling? Precycling is “preventive recycling” by taking a little action before.

1. Bring reusable bags to the store with you. Cloth or paper will do!

2. Buy Large Quantities. If you buy products in bulk or in large sizes and quantities, you can put them in smaller containers as you need them and this uses less containers.

3. Buy products with the least amount of packaging or none at all. Items packed in multiple containers may look nice, but they are a waste!

4. Buy products packed in recycled packaging. If you have to use a container, it might as well be green. Additionally, you help support green corporations. (Important: make sure you look for the recycled symbol)

5. Don’t buy disposable items (plates cups, pens, diapers, batteries, etc.) They only fill the landfill more.

6. Buy less paper towels and napkins or none at all. Use cloth ones!

7. Buy long life and concentrated items (batteries, bulks , etc.) This saves on packaging as well as product.

8. Don’t purchase styrofoam. It contains polystyrene, which is the most difficult material to break down in our landfill and is considered a hazardous waste.

9. Buy items in cardboard. aluminum, steel, glass, and plastic containers marked 1 and 2 ( They are stamped on the bottom 1 and 2). These containers can be recycled more easily.

10. Read labels for ingredients. Stay away from chemicals that harm our plant and animal life and poison our land.

Freecycling is giving your used items away. Or more properly, donating or giving your used items for free instead of sending it away with the garbage – Giving old toys to the local orphanage or donating old books to the city library.

E-cycling: E-cycling is recycling your electronics instead of irresponsibly tossing them into the trash where they can leak harmful chemicals into the environment. There are organizations that accept used/broken electronics and will pick up and ship them without charge. Some electronics companies also accept used and broken units for recycling. Check if you have an e-cycling center in your area for that broken laptop or cell phone. Ex. Sending your broken Ipad 4S to an e-cycling center instead of the trash bin.

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