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Reduce, REUSE, Recycle

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    Solid Waste Management Hierarchy

    The Solid Waste Management Hierarchy lists reuse as one of preferred waste management options. You can reuse items by using them over and over again for the same or alternate purposes, repairing them for reuse, donating them to charity and community groups, or swapping them. If you reuse an item it does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again. Check out our Pinterest page for ways to reuse items at home, in the garden, in a classroom, and more!





    Easy ways to reuse:

    • Carry a reusable travel mug or refillable water bottle
    • Pack a reusable lunch bag with reusable utensils
    • Use cloth napkins or towels
    • Purchase refillable pens and pencils
    • Donate things such as magazines, “gently used clothing, children’s toys, surplus equipment to a school, church, or a local charity
    • Take your own reusable tote bag when shopping
    • Participate in a paint collection and reuse program
    • Have a garage sale!


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