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.
INCOMING MAIL (YELLOW PAGES &OUTGOING MAIL)
HOLIDAYS, CLEANING, LANDSCAPING, COMPUTER & OFFICE
OVERSTOCK, OTHER RESOURCES, PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP
Opt-out of unwanted mail and phone books using Marion County's new free mail management service.
flyers and spread the word!
Marion County joins four other prominent communites nationwide in providing this sought-after service.
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
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.
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.
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
Resource Library Available For Check-Out
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.