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Back to School Tips for Reducing Waste

The back to school season is a good time to look at the systems and routines your family has in place and assess whether or not they are helpful. This is the perfect time to think about how your family might be able to simplify life and eliminate clutter. One of the best ways to cut down on the unnecessary is to find ways to reduce waste.

Read on to learn about a few simple ways you can make changes to cut down on the creation of more trash in your home and make this school year an environmentally friendly one.

Waste Reducing Tips

Have your kids outgrown their clothing from last school year? If so, consider donating the clothes you no longer need. It is great to give back and minimize what you are throwing away.

Another good way to reduce waste during the school year is use reusable containers for packed lunches. Enough said here. I’m sure we don’t need to tell you how many plastic bags could be saved from going into the waste stream each school year if re-usable containers would be utilized for our little packers.

Here is one you don’t think of often…purchase school supplies made from recycled materials. Yes, they may be hard to come by, but when you do, buy recycled pencils, paper and notebooks. It will help our environment in more ways than one.

And, last but not least, donate old electronics that you’ve recently updated in preparation for the new school year, such as a laptops and ipads. If donation doesn’t work for you, be sure to recycle the electronic device properly. Electronics should never be placed in the trash or recycling. We have a convenient and FREE electronics recycling area within the footprint of the York County Resource Recovery Center. Bring your old electronics to us and rest well in knowing you’ve been responsible with your waste.

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