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Tip 11: Educate Others on Source Reduction and Recycling Practices

hand holding a pencil writing several letters to community leadersa capital green letter S with a yellow cats paw printhare information about source reduction, recycling, and composting with others. Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, local businesses, and decision-makers. Encourage them to learn more about solid waste issues and to work toward implementing and promoting source reduction, recycling, and composting. We all have the power to influence others and help create the type of world in which we want to live.

yellow cats paw printConsider writing to companies to encourage them to reduce unnecessary packaging and the use of hazardous components in products. In addition, let companies know when they've made positive changes. Many companies offer toll-free 800 numbers you can call with these comments. (see Reducing Unwanted Advertising Mail)

yellow cats paw printEncourage source reduction, recycling, and composting programs for yard trimmings in the community.

yellow cats paw printWhere appropriate, encourage the use of reusable, recycled, and recyclable materials in the workplace.

yellow cats paw printEncourage the use of efficient, long-lasting equipment.

yellow cats paw printUrge schools to provide environmental education and to teach about source reduction, recycling, and composting.

yellow cats paw printSupport an environmentally sound waste program in your community that starts with source reduction. Your community also needs access to adequate and safe solid waste facilities such as recycling and composting centers, combustors, and landfills.

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