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Five Ways to Reduce Waste during Back-to-School Preparation

Five Ways to Reduce Waste during Back-to-School Preparation

Five Ways to Reduce Waste during Back-to-School Preparation

It’s almost August, and that means that back-to-school items are starting to appear in the stores.  When the Fourth of July is over and the summer turns a corner, it is time to start preparing to go back to school in the fall.  Back-to-school shopping and preparing involves purchasing many new items, supplies, and clothes.  This can cause excessive waste when you are not aware of what you are purchasing.  These are a few ways that you can reduce waste during back-to-school preparation this year.

Purchase Sustainable Products

Companies that focus on offering sustainable products make it their mission to improve the planet.  There are many school supply companies that use recyclable materials to make pencils, notebooks, and other paper products to minimize waste.  These sustainable products can make it easy to do your school shopping while focusing on paper recycling in Orlando.  

Consider Reusing Items

At the end of each school year, take the time to go through your supplies before you throw them all in the trash.  Make a pile of items that can be reused next year.  Many people take the easy route and just throw everything away, even if it has never been used before.  However, when you take the extra effort to reuse old school supplies, like half-used notebooks or old mechanical pencils, you can save money and reduce trash.

Start Fresh with Recycling Efforts

When the new school year begins, you have the opportunity to start fresh with many other things in your life.  To lead by example, consider enhancing your recycling efforts inside your home.  Talk to your family about the new recycling procedures so that you can start to focus on making the planet a better place from inside your own home.  This can focus on doing things like rinsing out glass containers or sorting out the recycling materials before throwing them in the bin.

Recycle All the Packaging

Buying many new school supplies means that you will also have piles of new boxes and garbage that can likely be recycled.  When you buy boxes of pens and pencils, markers, crayons, and other school supplies, you should recycle all the cardboard so that it can be repurposed for other purposes.

Buy in Bulk

Purchasing items in bulk eliminates all the unnecessary packaging that is used to create individual, small supplies.  The school year is long, so consider stocking up on many of the necessities at the beginning of the year to both avoid waste and save money.  You will also have everything you need at home so that you do not need to make a trip to the store when you run out at school.

These are a few of the ways that you can reduce waste when it comes time to prepare to go back to school.  By being more aware of the products you purchase and items that qualify for paper recycling in Orlando, you can make more of an effort to reduce waste.  For more recycling tips, contact Orlando Recycling to hear more today.