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Garbage and Recycling: Recycling at Home

Although there are challenges to recycling at home, it may be easier and more rewarding than you think.


There are many things to consider when recycling at home. We break it up into areas for your consideration.
  • Local
  • Recyclable
  • Reusable
  • Packaging
  • Use Habits
  • Buy Recycled
When you can, buy products made as close to where you live as possible. This will save the waste created by shipping products to your local store. This includes buying products at a local farmers market or toilet paper from a nearby pulp mill.

Many people comparison shop for the prices and brands of products they buy. We recommend including consideration of recyclability/waste reduction in your shopping habits. For example, some brands of salsa come in a non-recyclable plastic container and some will come in the more recyclable glass. Noticing the recyclability of the products you buy will empower you to make better green choices.

You may be surprised what other people want to salvage. This can span from the clothes you wear to your kitchen cabinets. For most durable goods anything goes. You can sell or donate items you no longer need or use. For example, the landfills are full of remodeling waste that could have been great for "Habitat for Humanity" homes. Some charitable donation centers try to repair appliances. If repair is impossible, they will recycle these items. This could also apply to reusing things in your house that you would normally throw away.

It is estimated that more than 30% of all municipal solid waste ( 2010 .pdf) is from packaging. As you comparison shop for products we suggest you also look at the amount of packaging of the product. Try to guide your decisions toward less packaging. 

Use Habits:
We also suggest that you look for more efficient ways of doing things in your home. This may be as simple as making sure your dishwasher is full when starting it or bringing a reusable bag shopping instead of getting paper or plastic bags at the store. Basically, see if you can find ways to do the same things with less waste.

Buy Recycled:
Chances are, you are already doing this. Newspapers, pop cans, etc. are made mostly from recycled materials. We suggest, you seek out products (and packaging) that are made from recycled materials. Many products are labeled with the amount of  "post-consumer" content making up the package or product. Aim for the highest % available. These products may be recycled as well.

It is estimated that 55% to 65% of all municipal waste is residential. Diverting more of this waste stream will create significant reductions at our landfills.


Items in our "Waste and Recycling" section.

  • Recycle Centers:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Composters:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Vermicomposters:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Garbage Bags:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Recycle Kits:
    Home Recycling ________________


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