Save the Food
The average American family throws away one fourth of all food purchased, however you can be the change. We encourage you to take action by pledging to reduce food waste. By implementing simple strategies, you can plan ahead, shop smart, prep early, and properly store the food you purchase. Save time, money, and
Save the Food.
It's easy to buy into the mantra that more stuff makes you happy. But does it really? Living with less stuff frees up your time and money for things that are really important to you.Print up this desktop image to help remind you of what matters most. #lessstuffmorelife
Downsize your Garbage Can
Did you know you can downsize your curbside garbage bin to 20lbs? Or even better, work with your hauler to only schedule pick up when it's needed. There's no need for you to pay for service or garbage not used.
Find your hauler here to get started.
Practice Your Right to Repair
Instead of discarding or recycling broken items, commit to repairing them first! Search for local repairers in your area, check out
iFixit for DIY help, or come to one of our
Repair Fair & Shares.
Rent or Borrow
Did you know that the average power drill only gets used 6 to 13 minutes in its lifetime? Things like camping gear, dishes for a party, or home improvement tools can be rented or borrowed for one-time use.
Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation. Choose tap water over the bottled stuff. It's just as good and - at less than a penny per gallon - it is a bargain.
Opt-out of unwanted mail and phone books using Marion County's new free mail management service.
Download these flyers and spread the word!
Marion County joins four other prominent communites nationwide in providing this sought-after service.
Read the press release .
Another option to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive is to register for free at dmachoice.org or send $1.00 (not cash) with this form or include the info on your own paper to:
Direct Marketing Association
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
Include your full name and variations, the date, your mailing address, your signature and the following statement: "Please remove my name and address from your mailing list."
Finally, check these resources from the New American Dream .
You can opt out of receiving yellow pages! Visit yellowpagesoptout.com or the County's mail management service . Both are free!
Re-use envelopes and shipping boxes whenever possible
Save return mail envelopes from junk mail to reuse. Be sure to cross out any bar codes, though, or your mail may end up somewhere unexpected!
Check our this great Holiday Waste Reduction Guide from Recycling Advocates for a wealth of ways to make your holidays, simpler, more meaningful and less wasteful.
The holidays are also a great time to give gifts of time, experience or handmade gifts that promote reuse. Check out our 12 Days of Reuse videos for tutorials that inspire waste reduction.
Host Zero Waste Events
Hosting an event doesn't have to be wasteful. You can implement zero waste choices to make your next event just as green as it is fun. Check out these great tips on Reducing Waste at Events.pdf from Master Recycler Judy Skinner.
Have you ever looked down the cleaner aisle of your grocery store and wondered where all those products end up after they are used? Most of them end up in our water and air! And what about all the packaging to hold them?
Did you know that most cleaning jobs can be done effectively with just vinegar, baking soda and biodegradable soap?
Here is a great list of safe cleaning supplies you can make yourself with less waste:
Alternatives to Household Hazardous Waste
Here is a booklet with great ideas for reducing toxics in your home:
Hazardless Home Handbook
Donate surplus produce and unwanted canned goods to food banks.
Advertise surplus and reusable business and industrial items through a waste exchange. Visit Northwest Materials Mart to find a list of exchanges.
Computer, Electronics & Office
Find resources by visiting Marion County's EarthWISE program website.
Are you looking to buy a new phone? Check out the
repairability before you buy.
If you have a broken electronic, consider supporting your local repair shop or
fix it yourself!
Choose a landscape design that needs low maintenance and little water.
Grasscycling - use a mulching mower which leaves grass clippings to naturally decompose. Grass clippings no longer need to be bagged and hauled away.
Compost grass clippings and leaves into a valuable soil amendment, or make sure your landscape contractor composts.
Use a worm bin to convert non-fatty food wastes into high-quality soil amendment (vermicompost).
What is Product Stewardship? Product stewardship is an environmental management strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product’s environmental impact throughout all stages of the products’ life cycle.
Learn More! Visit the Northwest Product Stewardship Council
Do not buy foil laminated, waxed or plastic-coated paper products. They are not recyclable.
Eliminate use of plastic trash liners in cans where no wet trash is disposed.
Instead of paper, use cloth towels, tablecloths, and napkins.
Give old magazines to libraries, hospitals, clinics, or nursing homes.