by Keith Bancroft
Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. One major consequence of the “season of giving” is the parallel “season of buying” and the less heralded “season of what to do with all the old stuff we’re replacing.” So before you start flipping through the instruction booklet of your new gizmo, take a few minutes to look through the Marin County Recycling Guide to see how to properly dispose of your old gizmo:
Also, here are a few “how to” tips from the Recycling Guide to help reduce the amount of waste generated this holiday season:
- Buy and use durable, long-lasting products.
- Send messages by e-mail instead of postal mail.
- Start a carpool program.
- Purchase items in refillable containers and buy in bulk whenever possible.
- Bring a cloth bag or backpack when you go shopping. The best answer to the question, “Paper or plastic?” is: “I brought my own bag!”
- Avoid disposable or single-use products such as disposable razors, pens, lighters, foam/paper cups and plates, plastic utensils, or batteries.
- Choose products that are the least toxic as possible to reduce the toxicity of waste produced.
- Conserve paper by making double-sided copies, sharing information via e-mail, and avoiding unnecessary printouts.
- Be a smart consumer: Ask yourself, “Do I need this?” before making a purchase.