Four R's of Recycling
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore


  • Be aware of the waste you generate

  • Use less stuff

  • Buy less stuff

  • Buy what you need not what you want or think you need.

  • Avoid compulsive buying: This takes real discipline
    to recognize the difference between want and need.

  • Ask yourself: "Do I really need this?" before buying it.

  • Save 50% of your paper budget! How? Use the other side. Don't waste: use both sides of paper, avoid unnecessary photocopies, use message boards at the office instead of individual memos, use old memos for scrap paper and phone messages.

  • Reduce memos to one page (double sided)

  • Buy to last

  • Buy in bulk when possible

  • Buy items with less packaging

  • Don't buy disposable office products

  • Remove your name or your companies name from junk mailing lists


One person's trash is another's treasure!
  • Reuse items when possible. Please don't throw things away. If you can't use it, give it to a neighbor, friend or a charitable organization.

  • Reuse envelopes

  • Reuse file folder boxes for gift wrapping

  • Be conservative - think about it first! Find a second use before throwing it out.

  • At home for instance: an old t-shirt can be used as a dusting cloth or a rag. Old towels can be cut up into smaller sizes and made into washcloths or used as rags to wash the car or clean.

  • Reuse cloth towels instead of buying paper towels.

  • Reuse other people stuff by purchasing recycled merchandise at garage sales or thrift stores.

  • Recycle: change your habits. Recycle at home, at work or wherever possible.

  • Close the recycling loop! Buy recycled products.

  • Look for the recycling symbols when you shop.

  • Buy products that use recycled content in their packaging, this saves virgin products.

  • Pre-cycle: don't buy products that are over packaged. Avoid plastic and polystyrene.

  • Use shredded waste paper or shredded newspaper for packing material.

  • Use wet shredded paper, wet newspaper, or wet paper towels in your compost pile.

  • Know what materials your community recycles (purchase those materials as you shop for foods and household goods and office products.)

  • Use the CALMAX (California Material Exchange) Program. For material listings catalog information or to get on the mailing list call (916) 255-2369 / (800) 553-2962.

  • Repair, fix, and reuse
  • Put back into mother earth what you take out
  • Start a compost pile in your backyard using: grass, broken branches, tree trimmings.

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