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September Waste Reduction Tips

Autumn
Back to School … on-line!
Football … a little bit
Reds and golds and browns and oranges … always!
Apples and pears — yum

And … waste reduction!

Back-to-school time is here.  This year, with kids at home for school, consider adding some waste reduction education to the curriculum.  Here are ten tips from National Geographic Kids.

Society Zero in Great Britain has some great ideas for reducing waste in the autumn season.

Clothing, electronics and other supplies

  • Last year’s clothes, shoes and backpacks may no longer fit your growing kids. If you have clothing or sporting goods that are in good, usable condition, consider donating them to local thrift stores, charitable organizations or clothing drives. Donating keeps your old belongings out of the trash loop and helps those in need.
  • If you are replacing computers, printers, calculators or other electronics, consider donating or recycling them. Many organizations will accept donations of working electronics.

Education

Back-to-school season is a great time to talk to your kids and their teachers about the importance of waste reduction and recycling. When you’re going through last year’s supplies, talk to your child about how to reduce the amount of waste they create, reuse what they can and recycle the rest, and why this is important.

Mom Junction has twenty recycling activities for kids.

Waste Reduction Tips

The absolutely best way to reduce trash is to stop buying and using products that are not durable, reusable, or repairable. Reducing waste is easy if you follow some of these tips courtesy of Santa Barbara County.

Sustainable Ballard UnFestival!

And you’re sure to learn something new during the Sustainable Ballard UnFestival, happening now through the end of the year.  Check it out.