I work with our city’s recycling program and sometimes I talk with the waste disposal company that services our city. They keep telling us that the goal is not really to get our residents to recycle more, but rather to use, and throw away, less. It is fascinating that this comes from a company whose business it is to take away trash and recycling, you’d think that the more we dispose of, the more profit they make.
But this post is not about that, it is about, how do you use less? And what do you say to others so that they will use less too? Our family is great at reuse, recycle and repair. We’ve blogged at length about all of those topics. But we just can’t seem to get the hang of reduce.
Every time I turn around our compost bin and recycling bin are overflowing. Not so much with our trash, it’s fascinating how once you get the hang of composting and recycling there’s just not that much trash left. What we can’t seem to figure out is how to reduce the amount of paper and packaging coming into our home. I am constantly breaking down boxes from various food products, smashing flat milk containers and stuffing the recycling bin full.
I’ve tried to get off paper mailing lists, but they just seem to come back. We frequently buy food in bulk, but sometimes that means there’s an outer wrapping holding two or more containers together. I feel like I’m constantly telling my children, no you can’t buy that. What I just can’t figure out is, where is it all coming from and how do I make it stop?
What do you do to reduce? If you were writing to the people of your town, or making a flyer for them, what would you tell them to do to inspire them to use less? Tell me, please!
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