Did you know: reuse is often confused with recycling, but is really quite different. Recycling is the reprocessing of a material into a new product. Unlike recycling, reuse extends the life of an item before it is recycled or disposed.
Why is reuse important?
Reuse keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream.
Reuse advances resource reduction.
Reuse preserves the “embodied energy” that was originally used to manufacture an item.
Reuse reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water, and helps safeguard habitats.
Reuse creates less air and water pollution than it does to make a new item or recycling.
Reuse results in less hazardous waste.
Reuse reduces the amount of waste sent to a landfill.
The EPA recommends the following tips on how to reuse:
You can find anything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
Buy Reusable over Disposable Items.
Look for items that can be reused; the little things add up! For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
Repair, don’t Replace!
Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires , electronic devices and appliances, so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced frequently.
Borrow, rent, share.
Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure.