From big to small changes, there are many ways you can reduce waste. Over time, you may find that you save money too!

At Home

  • Repair broken or damaged items whenever possible.  You’ll save money, resources and support local businesses.
  • Pack your lunch or snacks in reusable containers.
  • Kick the bottled water habit by drinking delicious Central Oregon tap water from a refillable bottle.
  • Learn a few simple sewing tricks like mending or hemming, or take things to a tailor for clothing repairs.
  • Replace disposable items such as napkins and paper towels with cloth napkins and dishtowels.
  • Consider using a cloth diaper service or one of the new easy-to-use washable diapers rather than disposables for your little ones.
  • Invest in rechargeable batteries and a charger.  (Remember to recycle those batteries!)
  • From fresh herbs to healthy chickens for eggs, growing or raising your own food helps curb kitchen waste.

Rent, Borrow or Share

  • Consider sharing or renting things like tools, machines, or other supplies with friends, neighbors or coworkers rather than investing in new ones for one time projects.
  • The local library is sharing in action.  The Deschutes Public Libraryhas an excellent online system for finding and renting books, CDs and DVDs.

Go Paperless

  • Opt out of junk mail by calling the business’ 800 number or visit DMA Choice to opt out of specific categories of junk mail.
  • Create scratch pads by reusing the backsides of used paper.
  • Utilize technology.  Scan, email and utilize online programs for document storage, banking, bill paying and many other routine transactions.
  • Opt out of receiving phone books through Yellow Pages Opt Out.
  • Subscribe to digital online versions of newspapers and magazines.

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