Karen Bryant, recycling coordinator for Pasco County schools, knows a thing or two about the 3 R's for being environmentally friendly: reduce, reuse and recycle. Just ask other experts. Over the years, her department has won the 2008 American Forest and Paper Association schoolwide recycling award, the 2006 Recycle Florida Today Outstanding Waste Reduction Award and several other honors. Here are 10 tips from Bryant on how to make your life a little more green.
1Downsize your disposables. Use your favorite coffee mug, plates, bowls and utensils to reduce your disposables.
2Use both sides of a piece of paper.
3Consider the products and packaging you use. Eliminate any extra waste beforehand and buy recycled content products.
4Recycle newspapers at local schools or recycling centers.
5Carry a recycling container with you and save recyclable items until they can be recycled appropriately.
7Reduce your waste: Purchase refillable products such as laundry soap and cleaning supplies.
8Cancel unnecessary unsolicited mail and magazine or journal subscriptions.
9Reduce your use of plastic bags by using canvas bags, cloth bags or other reusable bags.
10Reuse: Your trash may be someone else's treasure. Donate reusable materials to a reuse center or sites such as FreeCycle.org.