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Recycling Checklist


Minimize waste by using the tips below during initial product procurement and final disposal.

At Purchase

Reduce Packaging Buy in bulk Prioritize products with minimal packaging
Reduce Disposal Waste Prioritie reusable items over single-use Consider ease of maintenance and repair
Increase Recyclability Look for items that can be easily disassembled into component materials
Ensure Local Recycling Check that materials can be recycled locally:

Disposal

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Durable Goods Recycling

Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by properly disposing of durable goods such as furniture and electronics. Durable goods may be diverted from the landfill through re-use programs or recycling. Find a local program or charity to donate used furniture or electronics, or find a certified vendor who will responsibly recycle the materials.  

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Recycling

Glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper (including glossy magazines, envelopes with plastic windows and sticky notes) can all be easily recycled.  Depending on the waste hauler, recycling bins can include commingled waste (i.e. all materials are collected in one bin) or they may require separated waste (i.e. one bin for paper, one bin for plastics, etc).  By recycling products, materials are sent back to the marketplace rather than to the landfill. 

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Did You Know?

The U.S. generated approximately 251 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2012. Almost 87 million tons were recycled and composted, which represents a 34.5% recycling rate. Solid waste generated per capita is the lowest since the 1980s. This is a 3 percent increase in the tons recycled.

Source: US EPA, Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2012opens in new window.

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