CleanScapes Tip: Sharing as Reuse

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sharing as Reuse

End-of-year donations can take many forms, including giving away things you no longer use or need. Winter is a great time to take one last look in your garage, closets and cupboards for unwanted gently-used items and non-perishable foods.

Many non-profit organizations and businesses are collecting items for those less fortunate, from coats to cribs, bikes to toys, books to business suits, as well as electronics and food

This year the Shoreline PTA Council is collecting all kinds of items for teens and families in need. 

If you have something to donate, DonateSeattle can help connect Seattle-area donors with non-profit wish lists.

By sharing what you no longer want with those less fortunate, you are reducing, reusing and recycling while benefiting your community at the same time!

The Big Picture 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency Americans generated approximately 243 million tons of waste in 2009. While 34% of this was recycled and composted, the rest – 161 million tons - was buried in landfills nationwide.

How much of what we throw away is actually garbage? Before throwing anything away, pause and think if your trash could be someone else’s treasure.
Reduce first. Reuse what you can, and then Recycle.
Reduce, Reuse and Win! 

Do you live in Seattle or Shoreline? Learn how you can help your community win a community project!

Shoreline's 2011/12 Neighborhood Rewards competition is underway! Is your neighborhood leading the way? Learn more 

Do you have a great idea or community waste reduction project? Tell us your story! Email the CleanScapes waste reduction team.


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