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13 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste Without Giving Up Your Lifestyle

Recycling can be a chore, especially if you’re constantly on-the-go. There seems to never be any time to sort those cans and bottles or to put those old meeting notes in the recycling bin instead of the trashcan.

Whether you’re at home, at work, or somewhere in between, we have a lot of great suggestions to help you increase your recycling habits. Read about these 13 tips to help you conserve more energy and reduce waste below!

At Home

*Reduce your food waste by committing to using the groceries that you already bought. You already paid for it, so why waste it? If you find yourself struggling with reducing food waste, thinking of a weekly meal plan and buying only the ingredients you will need for the week can be a big help.

*Buy in bulk – it reduces the packaging waste and can also save you money!

*Got used car tires? Return them to retailers or wholesalers that recycle or even retread them. Tires are banned from almost all landfills, so instead of throwing them out, let them get recycled into a different tire.

*Feed your soil with compost. It helps sandy soils hold more nutrients and water, feeds the organisms that make soil rich, and loosens stubborn clay soils.

*Continue watering your plants, but instead of watering every day, try watering deeply and infrequently. After all, most plants tend to do best if their soil is allowed to dry out partially between waterings.

On the Go

*Staying at a hotel? Check the establishment’s bedding and linen policy with housekeeping. Some hotels ask for their guests to request their linen to be laundered by putting a specific note card on the bed and leaving the towels on the floor. This procedure helps conserve the use of water resources. If your hotel doesn’t use this policy, ask them to consider adopting it.

*The next time you shop at the mall, try not to get a new bag for every item you purchase. Instead, combine the items in one or two bags or try placing them in a bag of yours from home. Just be sure to have the receipts handy – just in case!

*Before you leave home, remember to take the time to adjust the thermostat, the water heater thermostat, and turn off the lights. This will help reduce energy use (and help you save a bit of money on your electric bill!).

*When you’re out on a trip, remember to take only the products that you need from restaurants and hotels. Take the coupons, maps, brochures, and condiment packets that you will actually use on your journey.

AT WORK

*Be sure to recycle office paper, newspaper, beverage containers, electronic equipment, and batteries at work. If your place of employment doesn’t currently recycle, encourage your coworkers to buy green products and suggest putting a recycling program in place to your boss, if possible.

*Try using two-sided printing and copying in order to reduce waste. Also, buy supplies made with recycled material, and make sure to recycle used printer cartridges.

*If you purchase office supplies, try to buy them in bulk or multi-packs to help reduce packaging waste.

*If you have leftover food after an office party or festivity, don’t throw it away! Instead, put leftovers in recyclable containers and share them with your family, friends, and neighbors. You can also donate untouched leftovers to a homeless shelter or food bank.

At Ace Grease Services, we care about our environment and are passionate about preserving the Earth and our natural resources for generations to come. When you use our services, you can rest assured that your used cooking oil will be recycled and that we will take the greatest precautions to conserve energy while providing you with superior service. Call us today at 1-800-473-2733 or visit online at www.acegrease.com to learn more about us.

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