Want to do more than recycle? There are several easy steps you can take to reduce your waste and conserve valuable resources.
Junk Mail / Phone Books
Catalog Choice is a non-profit organization that works on your behalf to process opt-out requests for more than 10,000 catalog/junk mail titles.
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is a member organization of direct mailers. The DMAChoice is an online tool for consumers to manage their mail preferences and to opt-out of unwanted junk mail.
OptOutPrescreen.com is the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry's website for consumers to opt-in/opt-out of firm offers for credit and insurance.
Yellow Pages Opt-Out
The National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice and Opt-Out site allows residents to opt-out of the delivery of local directory publications.
- For the mail you actually want to receive, opt-in to paperless billing and communications when available.
- This will cut down on both paper consumption and document destruction (shredding).
Buy Green, Save Green
- Don't collect any more grocery bags! Invest in re-usable shopping bags or totes to use when you shop.
- Buy in bulk! Cut down on packaging by avoiding individually wrapped and single-use items when possible.
- For perishables, buy only what you need to avoid spoilage.
- Durable vs disposable: Use a refillable waterbottle, avoid disposable dinnerware and food storage products (paper plates, styrofoam, etc.).