Waste reduction is the highest priority in the solid waste hierarchy. It is better (and much less expensive) to not generate waste in the first place than to have to recycle or dispose of it afterwards. Here are some resources to help you reduce the amount of waste you create.
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.
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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 (212) 790-1400
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."
Advertise surplus and reusable business and industrial items through a waste exchange. Visit Northwest Materials Mart to find a list of exchanges.
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
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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.