Every year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, or clear out our clutter. This year why not try a new kind of resolution, one that will help you reduce your waste. Here are five ways you can watch your waste and make your New Year’s resolution stick.
Food waste or wasted food
Holidays and the winter season, we tend to pack on a few extra pounds – of waste, that is. Up to 40 percent of the food we buy is never eaten. Wasted food also represents wasted water, land, and fuel. Consider this: A family of four can save more than $30 a week by making changes in how they shop, prepare, and store food. Eureka Recycling offers some easy tips to prevent food waste for a healthy new year.
Buy less stuff
Consumer goods that are cheaper to throw away than to repair have become common. And the amount of goods that we purchase, use, and then throw away has risen over time. This affects the environment in lots of negative ways. Here are some questions to ask yourself before heading to the store or the internet to shop:
- Do I truly need this (new phone or gadget, clothing item, other consumer product) or can I get by without it?
- Can I borrow, rent, or trade for this item?
- If I really need to buy it, can I get it second-hand?
- If I do buy new, is there a product with a Lifetime Warranty?
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Repair, don’t replace
There can be a lot of joy and reward in fixing things. Whether you want to have someone else fix it, have someone teach you, or do it yourself there are networks and resources to help you enjoy the art of repairing
Recyclables hold the power to become new packages and products and support local markets and businesses statewide. Take advantage of all of the recycling opportunities available to you, from curbside collection and office recycling to away-from-home programs like collection bins at grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and other public areas. Recycling varies from county to county so check with yours to learn about recycling in your area.
Cold temperatures, icy roads, and blowing snow can be hard on drivers’ nerves—and their vehicles—in the winter. When the mercury plunges, fuel efficiency can fall 20 percent or more and air pollution can increase. Follow these winter driving tips to increase your car’s wintertime fuel economy and reduce polluting emissions.