Here are current guidelines for efffective recycling for various materials.
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Household batteries: Wilkinson Public Library
Car, cell phone, AA, AAA, cameras and more: Batteries Plus in Grand Junction
578 25 Rd.
Hours: M-F 7:30a.m.-6:30p.m. Sat: 9-5:00p.m.
If closed leave by front door.
Rechargeable batteries: Timberline Ace Hardware.
Printer cartridges: Wilkinson Public Library.
CFL Bulbs: Timberline ACE Hardware.
121 Little Ways To Change Your World
- Dust your lights! Keeping bulbs clean makes them work more efficiently.
- Recycle holiday cards by using the front cover as a postcards.
- Use your slow cooker more often – this is one of the most energy-efficient ways to cook food.
- Freshen carpets naturally. Liberally sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda on carpet, leave for one hour, and then vacuum up.
- Save energy with every wash load – select a cold rinse cycle instead of warm or hot.
- Recycle as much paper as possible. On average, paper can be recycled seven times before the cellulose fibers become too short to be remade into new paper.
- Service your car regularly to make sure you engine is running at peak performance.
- Opt out! Sign up for “no junk mail” lists to reduce the accumulation of paper waste in your home.
- Make your bed feel warmer by placing a wool blanket under the bottom sheet.
- Water will boil more quickly – and therefore more efficiently – if you place a lid on the pan.
- At dusk when the outside temperature starts to drop, draw your curtains to hold in as much of your home’s heat as possible.
- When it comes to buying gadgets for your home, choose built-to-last items rather than buying for short-term use.
- Make food choices with the goal of less packaging.
- The average car emits twice its weight in greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide each year. Eliminating just one trip per week will result in a significant overall reduction of CO2.
- Always buy recycled toilet paper. You only use it once before disposing of it, so it doesn’t have to be the very best quality.
- To keep fresh stains from sinking deep into clothes, immediately apply a little carbonated water or club soda. Follow by washing as usual.
- Bamboo is a great green choice for household items because it grows fast, is sustainable and grows without the use of pesticides or fertilizers.
- Make a green choice when buying emergency flashlights and select ones that recharge by cranking or shaking rather using battery power.
- Instead of automatically throwing everything you’ve worn into the laundry pile, only wash clothes that really need it.
- Corrugated Cardboard should always be recycled.
- Minimize “food miles,” by buying in-season locally grown food.
- Choose a mattress with wool or cotton cover. The environmentally friendly natural fibers wick moisture away from your body, which will promote a good night sleep.
- When the charger for a cell phone is left plugged in, about 95% of the energy goes to waste – so unplug all chargers when not in use.
- Teach children to respect the wild and to never tamper with nests, burrows and other animal homes and to never touch or trap wild animals.
- Plastic bags are a major environmental no-no. Keep a stash of reusable fabric bags near the door so you won’t forget to take them along when you go shopping.
- Whenever you can, reduce the number of copies you make for meetings by having people share copies or by emailing the information.
- Traditional dry cleaning uses harmful chemicals – opt for one of the new green dry-cleaning alternatives and always air dry-cleaned items before putting them away.
- Instead of using cleaning sprays that contain ammonia, wash your windows with pure soap and water and rinse with a solution of one part vinegar to four parts waters.
- Walk or ride a bicycle, train, or bus to work instead of driving your car; all are better choices than driving for reducing your pollution impact.
- In every household in the U.S. replaced all burned-out incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, it would save the equivalent of taking 1.2 million cars off the road for one year.
- When showering, instead of stepping in and out of the water’s flow, turn the water off while you wash or shampoo and turn the water back on to rinse.
- Ceiling fans can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 40% in the summer and can save energy also in the winter by keeping cool air from pooling on the floor.
- If you want your lawn to stay weed-free, keep the grass long rather than cutting it short. Taller blades shade the roots, which discourages weed growth.
- In every coffee-drinking American used a reusable mug instead of a disposable cup, it would save close to 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every day.
- Stop slugs and snails from munching their way through your garden by surrounding plants with saw dust.
- If you aren’t able to hang clothes outdoors to dry, buy a wooden drying rack and hang clothes on a patio, balcony or near an open window.
- It takes three minutes for a refrigerator to regain its temperature after the door is opened – even briefly – so remember close the door even during the shortest tasks.
- A natural way to freshen the air in your home: simmer citrus slices and a few cloves in a pan of water for about an hour.
- Always buy paper that has at least 30 % post-consumer recycled fiber content for home use and encourage the purchase of greener paper at your office or school, too.
- When it’s yellow, why not let it mellow? Or, buy a dual-flush toilet.
- Wherever possible, buy organic.
- Eat less meat! And support sustainable practices when you do purchase animal protein.
- Cut the energy you use commuting to work by carpooling.
- When you enter a room, count the ratio of lights to people and then take appropriate action.
- Run dishwashers with full loads only. Running half loads is environmentally damaging, uneconomical and won’t save you any additional time.
- Most home electronics and appliances consume electricity even when they are turned off. For tips on reducing your passive energy use, log on to www.energy.gov/applianceselectronics.htm.
- Use a squirt of mild soapy water to kill aphids on roses and other plants. It’s a non-toxic and effective way to control pests.
- Use eco-friendlier baking parchment paper instead of aluminum foil whenever you can. It’s perfect for covering and wrapping food and for lining pans.
- Instead of driving around in the car to encourage your fussy baby to go to sleep, go for a walk using a carrier or stroller.
- Always buy trash bags made from recycled plastic. They are readily available and are just as sturdy as regular bags.
- Every mile you walk is estimated to add 20 minutes to your life. Walking is also the greenest form of transportation.
- Turn unused appliances and electronics all the way off instead of leaving them on standby mode since many standby settings still draw power.
- Mowers that rely on gasoline or electricity aren’t the best choice for the environment. The greenest choice is a push reel mower.
- Always turn off lights and air conditioning when you’re not in your hotel room. Hotels are hot spots of electrical consumption, so do what you can to help reduce use.
- If you have a water feature in your garden, use a solar-powered water pump rather than electricity to keep it running.
- Reduce the amount of commercial cleaning products you use and reach for natural alternatives like vinegar and baking soda whenever possible.
- Check out your carbon footprint with a free online assessment at www.carbonfootprint.com.
- Use a trigger-style nozzle on your garden hose to help control the amount of water used for watering and car washing.
- Remember to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, applying makeup or shaving. The water saved during one instance of brushing your teeth is about 2 gallons!
- If you have a swimming pool or spa, use a pool cover to reduce water loss from evaporation. Over the course of a year, this can reduce water loss by over 90%.
- Use cotton handkerchiefs that can be washed after use instead of disposable tissues. This will not only help to save trees, but the cotton is softer on your nose.
- One bus can replace about 40 cars, so every time a bus is full of passengers, that would mean 40 fewer cars on the road – and a whopping 9 tons of air pollution not created each year.
- Cook at home whenever you can. With fresh foods, little or no energy for processing is involved.
- Don’t try to change your lifestyle dramatically all at once. Be realistic about making green changes and incorporate them gradually in your daily life.
- Whenever you can, avoid single-use products that you’ll need to dispose of after use. Select items that will last longer or that can be reused or refilled.
- To minimize reliance on electric lights during the day, arrange your space to take advantage of the way sunlight falls.
- To reduce water use in your yard, add mulch to the soil. This helps retain moisture, protects the soil from scorching and encourages the retention of minerals.
- If you reduce a document’s font size, it can help save paper and ink. For backup copies, reduce the text to the smallest size that is readable.
- Turn your car’s engine off when you have a longer than normal traffic stop, such as a railroad crossing. Letting the engine idle over ten seconds wastes gas.
- If you’re on a hike, stick to established marked trails. If you don’t, you might accidentally trample important wild species like beetles, lichen and mushrooms.
- Invest in a stylish refillable pen that you’ll enjoy using for a long time instead of using disposable pens that you quickly toss away.
- Place a rain barrel under a downspout to catch rainwater to use the water your garden and houseplants.
- A leaky faucet that drips ever three seconds can waste more than 30 gallons of water a months.
- Don’t tie plastic bags tightly; it will only mean you’ll have to tear them open. Use loose knots or reusable ties so that you can reuse the bag.
- Instead of always buying newly manufactured items for your home, shop at flea markets, secondhand shops and garage sales.
- Don’t throw expired medications down the toilet or in the trash; they can harm the environment. Check with your local municipal waste department for guidelines on proper disposal.
- Instead of heading to the bright lights of the gym the next time you work out, step out into the fresh air!
- Most people use more detergent than necessary to get laundry clean. Cut the amount of detergent you use in half and if the results are good, reduce the amount a little more.
- Turn down the heat once a pot starts boiling. Lightly boiling water is the same temperature as water at a roaring boil and requires less energy to keep it going.
- Make sure you are not overheating bedrooms at night. Keep the thermostat at about 59 degrees at night for adults and 64 degrees for children and the elderly.
- Don’t waste energy preheating your oven – it’s not necessary for cooking most foods. When cooking roasts or casseroles turn the oven off at about 15 minutes early; the heat left in the oven will finish the job.
- Open-log fires waste 85% of the fuel that they burn and use 15 times the volume of air in the room for every hour they burn; wood-burning stoves are a much more energy efficient choice.
- Go solar! Contact TNCC for details on current rebate programs.
- Local arborists and construction companies sometime sell off their cuttings and wood waste inexpensively; perfect for firewood. Choosing a local company cuts down on transportation costs.
- Check with local food co-ops for bulk kitchen staples like oil and vinegar so you can refill your won bottles instead of tossing them out.
- If you are not sure how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, ask your utility company to perform a home energy audit. This is usually a free service and is an important part of creating a long-term green living plan.
- Turning your heat down just one or two degrees could save you as much as 10% on heating bills while reducing your energy use.
- Host a Caulk-and-Seal Party! Contact TNCC for fun and fast way for you and your friends to winterize your home.
- Recycle your household batteries at the Wilkinson Public Library.
- Many computer printers now have an ink or toner saving mode. Use this “draft” setting whenever possible – you'll save resources and money too!
- Instead of buying soil amendment, make your own compost using plant waste, vegetable peelings and selected food scraps.
- Avoid using plastic wrap whenever possible because its manufacturing process is environmentally unfriendly. It’s far greener to cover food with reusable lids or washable dishtowels.
- Never put hot food or drinks into the refrigerator because it requires a lot of energy for your fridge to cool them down.
- To save electricity, use a hand-cranked food mill instead of electric powered appliances such as blenders or food processors to puree fruits and vegetables.
- There is no need to heat or cool your home while you are away all day. Use a programmable thermostat to minimize energy use.
- Presoak heavily soiled clothes in a solution of water and baking soda instead of adding more detergent or using hotter water.
- Never throw a toxic household waste that may contain solvents down the drain or into the trash. Check with your community’s hazardous-waste disposal department for information on proper disposal.
- Before cranking up the heat, put on a sweater and socks. Adding an extra layer of clothing, rather than increasing the heat, saves money and the environment.
- The next time you need to get a gift, why not buy a tree? If the recipient doesn’t have space for a tree, make a donation in their name to a tree-planting organization instead.
- Air transportation is now the fastest-growing source of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Instead of flying to a vacation destination, why not explore your local area?
- Use a high-absorbency towel on wet hair before you blow dry. By removing as much excess water as possible, your blow-drying time shorter.
- Envelopes can be reused many times by placing labels over the old address and adding new postage. Be sure to open envelopes carefully to keep them in good condition.
- Cross-country skiing is a green choice for winter fun than downhill skiing or snowboarding because it requires less equipment and machinery.
- Don’t waste a hot oven. Since ovens take a lot more energy to heat up then to keep hot, try to cook several means in one session.
- For homemade liquid soap, grate a bar of pure soap or sprinkle a cup of soap flakes into a quart of warm water. Heat until dissolved, cool and use to refill plastic pump bottles.
- Always recycle food and beverage cans. Recycling aluminum uses only 5% of the energy it takes to process aluminum raw minerals.
- Hang on to old electronics and hazardous waste to recycle during Telluride’s bi-annual Electronics Recycling Collection.
- Work on a laptop rather than a traditional desktop computer.
- Turn lights off in rooms you’re not using.
- Catch water used while rinsing vegetables to use to water plants.
- Use a hair-catcher in your shower and bathtub to avoid clogged drains.
- Rinse and reuse plastic sandwich bags.
- Bring your own reusable container when eating out, to bring home leftovers more responsibly.
- Carry a spork to use instead of throwaway plastic ware.
- Check your tire pressure often for optimal gas mileage.
- Give green gifts like canvas bags or reusable coffee mugs!
- Start a new holiday tradition and hide presents rather than wrapping them.
- Sign up TNCC’s email alerts and newsletter!
- Use stale bread to make homemade breadcrumbs!
- Recycle responsibly. Know your area’s guidelines.
- Make a donation to TNCC’s Green Fund. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go towards local renewable energy and energy efficiency project.