Oakville-Burlington Consumer: 3R's Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

The 3Rs of environmentalism are Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle

While recycling is important, consumers can achieve better results by using less and consuming more efficiently. Some goods are designed and made to be used over and over, while wasteful goods are use-once (using a re-usable lighter compared to disposable matches, for example).

Other goods can be re-used in another way, sometimes completely unrelated to the original purpose. There is a company in the Philippines that recycle consumer packaging into highly sought-after women's purses.

In order to help with the recycling process, a green home should set aside bins to separate and collect recyclable materials:

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