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Tip 3: Consider Reusable Products

a group of items including 3 batteries, a salad plate, a sponge and a mug a capital green letter M with a yellow cats paw printany products are designed to be used more than once. Reusable products and containers often result in less waste. This helps reduce the cost of managing solid waste and often conserves materials and resources. (Remember, reusable containers for food must be carefully cleaned to ensure proper hygiene.)

yellow cats paw printA sturdy mug or cup can be washed and used time and again. Many people bring their own mugs to work, meetings, and conferences.

yellow cats paw printSturdy and washable utensils and tableware can be used at home and for picnics, outdoor parties, and potlucks.

yellow cats paw printAt work, see if  "recharged" cartridges for laser printers, copiers, and fax machines are available. They not only reduce waste, but also typically save money.

yellow cats paw printCloth napkins, sponges, or dishcloths can be used around the house. These can be washed over and over again.

yellow cats paw printLook for items that are available in refillable containers. For example, some bottles and jugs for beverages and detergents are made to be refilled and reused, either by the consumer or the manufacturer.

yellow cats paw printWhen possible, use rechargeable batteries to help reduce garbage and keep toxic metals found in some batteries out of the waste stream. Another alternative is to look for batteries with reduced toxic metals.

yellow cats paw printWhen using single-use items, remember to take only what is needed. For example, take only one napkin or ketchup packet if more are not needed.

yellow cats paw printRemember, if your goal is to reduce solid waste, think about reusables.

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