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Recycling: Make a difference

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Recycling doesn’t end when you put your recyclables at the curb. If you follow the tips provided by the St Louis County Health Department listed below, you can make a positive difference:

Look for products made with recycled materials.

  • Read labels to make sure you are buying products made with recycled material.
  • Try to purchase products made from at least 30% post-consumer recycled material.
  • Shop around! Recycled-content products are everywhere.

Shop to reduce waste.

  • Buy products that have little or no packaging.
  • Minimize waste and energy consumption by buying e-books and MP3 players.
  • Purchase energy efficient electronics and appliances.
  • Buy only what you need—if you don’t need it, don’t buy it!

Buy products you can reuse.

  • Reusable shopping bags and mugs prevent waste and save you money.
  • Donate clothes you no longer want to a local charity or give them to friends or family members.
  • Use reusable lunch bags, food containers, and drink bottles help.

Pack waste-free lunches by avoiding:

  • Disposable, single-use items
  • Individual serving-size packages
  • Plastic sandwich bags
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