Here are some great recycling ideas:
- Stop using plastic and paper grocery bags. There are many inexpensive alternatives available. You can purchase reusable grocery bags, or even make your own from old t shirts!
- Use reusable coffee mugs instead of disposable ones, especially in the workplace.
- Use cloth napkins, towels and cleaning rags instead of paper napkins and paper towels.
- Donate old magazines, newspapers, cell phones and eyeglasses to charitable organizations, schools and community groups.
- Explore mobile shredding options for recycling your personal documents. In Union County, New Jersey, there are many mobile shredding events throughout the year: http://ucnj.org/community/recycling/mobile-paper-shredding
- If you have leftover paint, consider donating it to community groups, schools, theater groups or charities. You may even get a tax deduction! If there is not enough to donate, be sure to dispose of the cans properly. This link can help you find the proper location for disposal of the empty cans: http://earth911.com/
- Instead of using disposable plastic containers and bags for storing leftover food, look around your kitchen. Many glass jars and containers are perfect “green” options.
- Donate your old computers and electronic equipment. In New Jersey, a great option is http://www.dellreconnect.com/ Just type in your zip code, and a list of drop off locations, such as Goodwill Industries in Springfield (convenient to Westfield and Cranford!) pops up!
These are just a few ways you can recycle in New Jersey and the benefits are amazing. These simple steps can help to preserve our natural resources for future generations, cut down on the amount of energy used, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the need for landfills. (VERY important in the NJ Area!). Recycled items provide raw materials for many “new” items, and there is a growing demand from consumers for products made from recycled items. Through recycling, jobs are created, social awareness is increased, and the environment is preserved. I’d call that a win-win for everyone!
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