The three R’s of environmental responsibility in order of importance are reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Recycling is at the bottom of the list. However, as an organization whose goal is caring for the earth, we try to reduce and reuse in our operations as well.
One example is the school supplies giveaway that will be held at the public library August 24. Instead of recycling or throwing out the many usable school supplies we receive we will be giving them away at the library on August 24. We will include any items dropped off at the Recycling Centre or Library.
There are other ways we reduce.
It is an uncomfortable fact that our operations require us to use many plastic bags. It doesn’t really fit our environmental goals. However, we reuse plastic bags as much as possible.
Large bags for the blue carts outside the Centre and those used to collect aluminum cans are reused many times. Any large bags that can be opened without tearing are reused for garbage.
The large blue bins outside the Recycling Centre are there to reduce the use of plastic bags. Recycling bins can be emptied into these bins so a plastic bag isn’t needed.
Bringing recyclables to the Centre in closed cardboard boxes also removes the need for a plastic bag and the box is recycled.
Some recyclers reuse large plastic bags from dog food for example.
We encourage reusing by saving a variety of items for people who want to reuse them. For example, the Food bank used small ice cream containers for soup. Ice cream pails are saved for blueberry pickers.
We strive to reduce and reuse as we recycle.