You need to think about: • Where a product was made. • How is a product made? • How does it get from here to there? • What goes in to the product? • What happens to the product when I’m finished with it?
These questions and more are the core of an idea that has been sweeping across the country and bettering the way we manage what we consume. This idea is called Product Stewardship. To learn more about product stewardship click here.
Sometimes as much as half the cost of an item pays for packaging.
Reuse • Take unwanted items to a charity or resale shop • Bring your own reusable bag, mug and water bottle • Reuse containers for leftovers • Eat leftovers. Or freeze them to eat later • Make double-sided copies and printouts • Reuse packing peanuts and bubble wrap • Take notes on scrap paper • Refill ink and toner cartridges • Have a rummage sale • Wear hand-me-downs • Use cloth napkins
Want to impact even more people. Coordinate a Reduce Your Waste Stream Challenge and create a friendly, fun competition to see who can reduce the most waste. Go to www.reduceyourwastestream.org for details.
Medical sharps, such as needles, syringes and lancets pose an injury risk for anyone who comes into contact with these items. Large numbers of sharps are used at home, work and on the road. According to the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal, about nine million syringe users nationwide annually administer at least three billion injections outside of health care facilities. For more information on sharps click here.
Waste pharmaceuticals include a wide variety of items such as over-the-counter and prescription medications, controlled substances and sharps. These wastes come in the form of solid pills and capsules, creams, liquids and aerosols. These items should not be flushed down the toilet or put down the drain. For more information from the DNR on waste pharmaceuticals click here. For Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction information from SHWEC click here.
Call your local solid waste and recycling authority when you don’t know how to handle certain items.
There are many more items that can be recycled. Here is information on additional items that you may want to recycle.
For more information on sharps click here.