Top 10 Recycling Tips

(Conservation Currents, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Fall 2006)

  1. Take reusable cloth bags for grocery shopping.
  2. Use cardboard boxes in your apartment to collect recyclables – consider one box for newspapers, another for glass, cans and plastic bottles, and a third for mixed paper (cereal boxes, cardboard, envelopes, white paper, catalogs, etc.). Bring your recyclables to your closest Fairfax County drop-off center.
  3. Fertilize plants with crushed eggs shells.
  4. For residents of single-family homes or townhomes, place a shopping bag next to your trash can to recycle junk mail, magazines, cereal boxes, and catalogs through the curbside mixed paper recycling program.
  5. Post unwanted household items, furniture, etc. for reuse on the Freecycle web site (
  6. Reduce waste by using a reusable water bottle or coffee mug at work.
  7. Use the back side of paper when printing from your computer or always print two-sided.
  8. Buy large jugs of water, juice and sodas instead of individual serving-size containers.
  9. Compost food waste in your backyard. If you live in an apartment, consider an indoor vermicomposting bin.
  10. Do your part at work by taking bottles, cans and mixed paper home to your recycling bin or by starting an office recycling program.

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