How can we reduce the effect that garbage has on the environment?



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    Recycling is one way. It prevents useful material resources from being wasted and decreases the consumption of raw materials. Newspapers, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass, etc are things that can be recycled. Hope this helps!

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    Reuse Trash Ideas For…

    Aluminum Foil

    Wash if necessary, flatten, and reuse at a later time

    Baby Wipe Containers

    Use to store and organize just about anything. Arts and crafts supplies, sewing thread and needles, office supplies, pencils, pens, etc.

    Bags – Paper Grocery Bags

    Return with them to the grocery store and use them again. Some groceries will credit you 5 cents for every bag you reuse.

    Use to tote items

    Bags – Plastic Baggies

    If possible, use a plastic re-sealable container instead

    Wash them out and reuse at a later time

    Bags – Plastic Grocery Bags

    Use to line smaller garbage cans in your home

    Use to discard your scoopable cat litter clumps

    Take with you when you walk your dog to scoop your dog’s poop

    Use in your car as a travel garbage bag

    Use as a lunch bag

    Return them to the grocery to be recycled

    Binders – 3-Ring

    Use to organize bank and credit card statements

    Use to organize recipes


    Place in the trunk of your car for emergencies

    Use for picnics, concerts, visits to the beach

    Bottles – Glass Beverage

    Use old wine or beer bottles as a candle holder. The wax dripping down the sides will create a nice effect

    Use as a vase (you can decorate it as you would like)

    Bottles – Plastic Beverage

    Wash out and fill with water to store for emergencies

    Fill the smaller bottles with water and freeze to use in coolers or lunch boxes to keep items cool. Don’t forget to leave some room in the bottle for the water to expand when it freezes.

    Bottles – Plastic Food

    Old ketchup, mustard, etc. bottles can be used to store your own homemade sauces and condiments

    Bottles – Plastic Beauty Products (Shampoo, Lotion, etc.)

    Refill with product and use for travel or to keep handy at your desk, in your car, and in your purse.

    Boxes – Cereal

    Remove the top and part of three sides of the larger ones to use as magazine holders. You can decorate them with gift wrap or paint them.

    Cut a hole in the side (toward the bottom). Mount the box with thumbtacks to the inside of a kitchen cabinet with the hole facing outward. Stuff old grocery bags in through the top of the box and pull them out through the hole when needed.

    Boxes – Shoe

    Use to store mementos like cards, children’s artwork.

    Keep to use for your kids school projects

    Use them to store small toys, recipes, odds and ends, art and sewing supplies, etc.

    Compact Discs

    Decorate with paper, ribbon, paint, etc. to make Christmas tree ornaments or door hangers.

    Use as coasters

    Egg Cartons

    Use to sprout seedlings before transplanting

    Break up the Styrofoam and use a packing material

    Use to store golf balls

    Use to store jewelry


    Take envelopes which are sent by businesses (in the hopes that you will return them), place a label over the pre-printed address, write in a new address, and send it on its way.

    Use for writing notes to family members. Don’t recycle until it is completely filled.

    Use for storing receipts.

    Use for storing or carrying coupons.

    Use for writing grocery lists.


    Take out the lenses and use for Halloween costumes.

    Have your optometrist make them into sunglasses.

    Save the screws in case you lose them from your current glasses.

    Save old ones and use them when doing messy work.

    Donate to an organization which takes old eyeglasses and puts new lenses in for people who cannot afford to buy new pairs.

    Eyeglass Cases

    Use as a pocket protector.

    Use for storing a few special pens on a desktop, beside the bed, etc.

    Use as a protective case for your cellular phone

    Fabric Softener Sheets

    Use as stuffing for stuffed animals and decorative pillows.

    Reuse in your sock or underwear drawer to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

    Tear the sheets in half before using in the dryer to reduce the number of sheets you use.

    Wrap around a few clothes hangers in the closet to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

    Use to dust your house.

    Place inside shoes at night to keep them smelling fresh.

    Film Canisters

    Storage of thumbtacks, rubber bands, paper clips, etc.

    Fill with quarters. Put in your child’s backpack for emergency phone calls.

    Use for mixing small portions of paint.

    Fill with aspirin and keep in your backpack or purse.

    Fill with household odds and ends such as nuts, bolts, etc.

    Use for storage of seeds.

    Use to store extra buttons.

    Put a few loose buttons or beads inside and use as a cat toy.

    Flower Pots – Small/Medium

    Fill partially with sand and use as an outdoor ash tray.

    Use when placing flowers at a cemetery.

    Use small, plastic pots as scoops for pet food or potting soil.

    Use for making sand castles or snow forts.

    Use small pots as fruit-picking baskets.

    Keep a small pot by the dryer to collect lint.

    Use a medium size pot for storage of fruits and vegetables on the counter top.

    Use a small pot as a candy jar.

    Paint different colors and use to decorate around a garden.

    Flower Pots – Large

    Use for storage of rags in the basement.

    Use pots for collecting leaves, weeds, etc. while working in the yard.

    Take lined pots with you when going fruit picking. Instead of taking the small baskets provided home with you, dump the fruit into the flower pot and return the fruit baskets to the farm owner.

    Use pots for storage of apples, oranges, potatoes, etc. in the house.

    Use pots for storage of gardening tools.

    Use pots for storage of toys

    Foil Trays

    Wash and use for baking

    Use for feeding your pets

    Fill with holiday cookies and give as gifts.

    Garden Hose

    Poke holes throughout the length of the hose and make it into a soaker hose.

    Poke holes throughout the length and make into a sprinkler for kids.

    Cut into smaller sections and attach to the thin, metal handles on buckets to make it more comfortable to carry.

    Cut a small section off, clean it, and use it as a sturdy key chain.

    Use to tie up a young tree for support

    Greeting Cards

    Use as bookmarks

    Make into an ornament

    Make into gift tags by cutting an old card with pinking shears, punching a hole in the corner, and tying the pieces together. Add the name and a note inside.

    Cut off the side with the picture (if there is no writing on the reverse side) and reuse as a post card. Pay only postcard postage!

    Use in your scrapbooks as decorative embellishments

    Jars – Small (Baby Food, Bouillon)

    Use for storage of nuts, bolts, etc.

    Make them into musical instruments for your children by placing a few dried beans, pasta, rice, coins, etc. inside the jar after removing the label.

    Keep on desk for storing paper clips, rubber bands, etc.

    Use for starting plants indoors.

    Insert a wick and fill with wax to make your own candle. Decorate the outside to match the decor of the room.

    Use for storing excess seeds.

    Decorate the lid and jar with fabric paints, lace, sequins, etc. Fill with candy, bath salts, a candle, etc and give as gifts.

    Jars – Food

    Use for storing extra spaghetti sauce which comes from a can.

    Use larger jars for storing homemade soups.

    Drink from smaller glass jars.

    Use peanut butter or mayonnaise jars to store homemade cookies in the freezer. They will be protected from breakage and easily visible.

    Store your razor in a small, covered jar immersed in alcohol to prevent oxidization of the blade. It will stay sharp longer.

    Use spaghetti jars to can tomatoes and other vegetables. The standard canning lids and rings fit perfectly.

    Juice Cans

    Use as a pen and pencil holder.

    Use for potting plants indoors.

    Use as a scoop for pet food.

    Cut to make it shorter and use as a scoop for sugar, flour, pasta, etc. (Keep in the container for easy access).

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