Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Sure you're recycling, but wouldn't it be better if you didn't have all the waste in the first place? Oregonians continue to generate more waste and at a faster rate than we increase our recycling. In 1999, each Oregonian generated 2,675 pounds of waste. That is an increase in garbage production of 2.6% per person over 1998. Of that 2,675 pounds, 985 pounds were recycled, while 1,690 pounds were disposed in landfills. A total of approximately 2.8 million tons of garbage was disposed of in Oregon's municipal landfills in 1999. Statewide recycling data for 1999 shows an overall recovery rate of 36.8%, which is a 0.5% decrease over the 1998 recovery rate. You can reduce the amount of garbage you throw away simply by thinking about the purchases you make on a daily basis.

At The Store

  • Purchase in bulk and pay less for packaging. (We throw out our own weight in packaging every 30-40 days! Ten cents of every dollar spent on food pays for the package!)
  • Choose items with minimal and recyclable packaging.
  • Buy reusable items rather than single use disposables.
  • Take your own cloth bags or request paper bags that can be reused or recycled (state law requires stores using plastic bags to offer paper bags to their customers.)

At work And At School

  • Copy on both sides of the paper.
  • Save files on the computer instead of in a file cabinet.
  • Use E-mail to communicate with vendors, customers and staff.
  • Use washable cups or drink bottles.
  • Ask suppliers to delete excess packaging.
  • Use boxes from materials received to store supplies for reuse.
  • Return pallets to suppliers for reuse.
  • Set up an employee/manager or student/teacher team to review procedures and suggest changes.

At Home

  • Use reusable storage containers for lunches and leftovers.
  • Repair old tools.
  • Rent or borrow seldom used items such as power washers, paint sprayers, carpet cleaners and party supplies.
  • Grasscycle... mow often and leave the clippings. Your lawn will need less water.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Reuse boxes, packaging peanuts and bubble wrap.
  • Use cloth napkins and washable eating utensils.
  • Switch to compact, fluorescent bulbs.
  • Compost yard debris and start a worm bin to compost fruit and vegetable scraps.

Tips To Reduce Unwanted Mail
Tired of receiving unwanted junk mail? To reduce the number of credit card solicitations, write to:

TRW-Trans Marketing Services
Consumer Opt-out
701 TRW Parkway
Allen, TX 75002

To reduce the number of catalogs and advertising materials your receive in the mail, write to:

Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P O Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

It may take a few months before you notice a change in the volume of mail received.

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City of Troutdale- Last Updated April 21, 2006