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We in NYC throw out enough trash every single day to fill the space of The Empire State building. If enough of us reuse some of those things one extra time, I think we can reduce that by a good amount.
Here are some everyday things that we can reuse, thus delaying it from filling up the landfills by a few days.
- Paper - Reuse the back of single sided printed paper. Use it for notes, doodling, etc...
- Plastic cups - Reuse it to drink another cup of coffee, water, soda etc... It can be a pencil/pen holder. Use it to plant a seedling.
- Plastic bottles - We are told not to reuse plastic bottles due to contamination. How about reusing it to hold water to water your plants? Throw a refilled botted in the freezer and use as and ice pack. I'm sure you can think of other ideas to reuse a plastic bottle.
- Toothbrushes - Who says you have to use it only for brushing your teeth? After it no longer does the job for your teeth, use it to scrub blemishes from shoes, hard to reach corners or any other small surface.
- Batteries - If you are still using regular alkaline AA batteries, you can put it to use after it no longer works in your camera or other high draining devices. Put it in your hallway clock, it takes very little power to get that clock going. You can also use the batteries in low draining remote controls for TVs, DVD players, etc....
- Paper bags - Use it to make popcorn. Brown bag your lunch. Help bananas ripen faster. There are numerous ways to use a paperbag. When you are done, recycle it!
Whatever you do, spread the message to reuse and recycle. Every little bit helps keep our little blue globe going one day longer, and you can start today. What do you reuse to help keep the landfills from filling up?
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