Reuse and Buy Recycled
in bulk: Large "family size"
containers require less packaging per pound than small "single serving"
packages. In addition to conserving resources, buying in bulk will also
generally save you money!
for items with little or no packaging:
Many items come in a variety of packaging styles. Choose unpackaged
and concentrates whenever possible.
durable products: You may spend
a little more to purchase good quality products, but you won't need to
replace them as often.
reusable products: Disposable
products generate more waste than reusable products. Disposables often
cost more in the long run! Look for reusable cameras, razors, lunch
diapers, cloth napkins and towels, rechargable batteries, and
containers: Rinsed out glass
and plastic containers make great storage containers for leftovers,
bags: Whether cloth, plastic,
or paper, reuse grocery bags when you shop. Try keeping a stash in your
car so you will always be prepared. Also try reusing produce bags.
- Give away or obtain stuff for free:
- The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional network to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable
and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash. Businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations in the
states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York,
Rhode Island and Vermont are eligible to create accounts and to post
listings. Anyone is welcome to search or browse the posted items.
- The Freecycle
Network is made up of many individual
groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit
movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in
their own towns.
Freecycling, an internet-based exchange, is
to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw
it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door,
to post it... or to look for it! Nonprofit
groups are also welcome to participate. Everything posted must be
are two Freecycle groups within the District. The Orange
group serves Orange, Erving, Wendell, and Warwick. The Greenfield group serves the general Franklin County area.
- You can list items you're willing to give away for free on craigslist Western Mass free stuff.
reusable household items: Reuse
can mean reusing materials such as containers and bags for another
It can also mean donating usable goods such as clothing, furniture, and
other household items. Many non-profit organizations, such as
and the Salvation Army, have been accepting household items and
for years. This helps us to reduce the amount of trash thrown
and conserves disposal space. There are many local charitable
in our area that help people going through a transition. If you have
that is still usable, you may be able to help someone in this area by
one of the organizations listed below and asking if they can match you
up with someone that may need the item. Please consider if
is in good enough shape to be reused. Junk and broken items
qualify for donations. The following is a list of local charitable
House (413) 863-9576
Center (413) 863-9549
Inn (413) 774-6382
Family Inn (978) 544-8245
- Salvation Army
Thrift Store (413)
and purchase reusable
building materials: The reuse of construction and home
materials is an excellent way to keep good quality, usable items from
being disposed in a landfill or incinerator. It also helps to conserve
our natural resources by reducing the amount of building products being
produced from raw materials. Construction and demolition materials such
as doors, windows, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures are great candidates
Some used building materials in
good, reusable condition may be donated
to EcoBuilding Bargains in Springfield, Massachusetts.This store helps
manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, contractors, and homeowners find
alternatives to throwing out quality, surplus, and used construction
materials. Donating materials helps to reduce your disposal
helps others find quality materials at affordable prices. This helps
local community, our economy, and the environment.
products or packages made from
recycled materials: Many recycled paper products are
currently on the
market, including toilet tissue, paper towels, and writing paper. Some
products are packaged in containers made with recycled content. Read
labels! Purchasing recycled content products helps support the
industry by providing a demand for the materials we place in our
recyclable packaging: Many
products are offered in a variety of packaging styles. Packaging made
multiple materials are not recyclable. Whenever possible, choose
made from a single type of material that is accepted for recycling.
Some information provided by Chittenden
Solid Waste District, Burlington, Vermont
County Solid Waste Management
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