The Four Rules of Waste Reduction
• Reduce—Purchasing, consuming, and throwing away less. Source reduction actually prevents the generation of waste in the first place, making it the most preferred method of waste management.
• Reuse—Reusing items by repairing, donating, or selling them. Reuse is even better than recycling because items do not have to be reprocessed before
they can be used again.
• Recycle—A series of activities that includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials such as fibers, and manufacturing the raw materials into new products. Recycling prevents the need to harvest new raw materials from the Earth.
• Buy Recycled
—Purchasing products made of recycled materials
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