Recycling is not the only way for you to minimize your waste. Reusing items is a great thing to do. You can start with the ideas below.
Use washable cloth napkins and towels instead of paper products.
Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. You could also reuse the plastic bags that you use for fruits and vegetables.
Wash out and reuse food jars to store your leftovers.
Minimize packaging waste by purchasing products such as juices in concentrated form. You can then use reusable containers to store the juice.
Bring a reusable coffee cup or mug to work. Even if you fill it only two times a day, you will be saving almost 500 paper cups a year.
Books and Bicycles:
Neighborhood Recycling Center
5525 SE 28th Avenue
STRUT (Students Recycling Used Technology)
Call Metro for a copy of the Construction Site Recycling Guide
Reusable Construction Materials:
2015 NW 23rd
St. Vincent De Paul Home and Garden Depot
3600 SE 28th
Straight Ahead Shelter
PO Box 699
Cornelius, Oregon 97113
Household Hazardous Waste:
Call Metro, 503.234.3000
1831 E Powell Blvd
Call the “Styrofoam Peanuts Hotline” for a location near you
Medical Waste Disposal:
EPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency
1.800.424.4372 or 206.553.1200