Recycle Palos - Reduce Your Footprint


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These sites let you calculate your emissions, provide interactive games, activities and lesson plans, and provide ways to reduce and offset those emissions so that you can do your part to improve the environment.
With some planning, you can help decrease the amount of waste that will make its way into a landfill.  Here are a few examples:

When you shop, you should plan to bring home fewer materials that will end up in the trash.  You should:

  • buy bulk-packaged items.
  • buy products that aren't disposable.
  • buy liquid products that are concentrated.
  • buy products that are recyclable.
  • buy products that are enclosed in reusable or recyclable containers.
  • buy fruits and vegetables that are loose instead of in packages or cans.
  • use canvas or material shopping bags instead of paper or plastic bags.

At home, work and school, you should:

  • reuse items as many times as possible (plastic containers, bags, etc.).
  • use mugs, glasses and tableware that are not made from paper or plastic.
  • use a plastic or metal lunchbox instead of paper bags.
  • collect your old magazines and books and donate them to local schools, hospitals or nursing homes.
  • when leaving for vacation, cancel delivery of your paper or have it delivered to a local school or needy organization while you are gone.
  • make note pads out of scrap paper.
  • use both sides of paper for writing or copying.
  • use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper.
  • contact companies who send you unwanted mail and ask to be removed from their mailing lists.
  • use e-mail whenever possible.
  • donate unwanted clothing or appliances to charities.
  • sell unwanted items at a community garage sale.
  • use a canvas or material bag for carrying instead of paper or plastic bags.
  • use plastic grocery bags for lining household trash cans instead of purchasing plastic trash can liners.

In your yard, you should:

  • compost leaves and grass cuttings whenever possible.
  • leave grass cuttings on the lawn or place them around the base of trees and bushes.
  • place chopped up food waste in your vegetable garden and turn it into the soil.
Adopt a Rainforest:
Students can adopt a parcel of rainforest in many different countries by visiting The Rainforest Alliance at

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