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Reduce

Firstly, reducing our consumption of as many goods and services as we can will make a positive contribution to global warming and the preservation of life on our planet.

If we can cut down on the amount of plastic we must manufacture, or the number of trees we need to cut down or the amount of metal we need to mine and convert to products, we will contribute greatly to the continuation of life on planet Earth.

Similarly, reducing the bath water temperature by one degree saves a lot of energy. Wearing a jersey indoors when you are cold also reduces the need for additional energy to heat the house.

Reduce the amount of garbage that you send to the landfill. Separate your garbage and arrange for a local small entrepreneur to collect it.

Re-Use

Re-use of products which we have purchased makes it possible to reduce the need to make more products. Simple exercises such as using your peanut butter jar to contain other products eliminates the need to manufacture a new special container.

Re-Cycle

The easiest things to do:

1. Investigate the recycling of waste – buy bins and make some rules for separating garbage in your home

2. Make contact with a recyclables collector in your area - he will take away the separated garbage for a small fee

3. Change your shopping habits. Don't buy packaging. Shop at suppliers who don't wrap individual products in plastic. If you can use your own containers, that's even better.

4. Use a composter to process your kitchen vegetable waste and watch your garden fluorish.

5. Use a worm farm for some of the finer vegatble matter and generate really good plant food for pot plants

There are many products which we simply use and then discard once we are done with them. What happens to these used products? Most find their way into landfills all over the earth. Many of them begin to leach undesirable and toxic pollutants back into the soil. These filter back into our drinking and irrigating water making us ill or at least unhealthy.

Start be separating your garbage. You need your municipal bin, a worm farm or composter and four additional bins, one each for paper, metal, plastic and glass. Then you use your municipal bin for all the "toxic" garbage that cannot be recycled or composted. Vegetable matter goes into the worm farm or composter and other materials as per the four designated bins. There are many small entrepreneurs that will collect from you for a small fee and remove the separated garbage. They will make a few cents on the garbage at the scrap dealers and the materials will be recycled into new products.

Most products have special recycling procedures to render them either harmless or re-usable.

What can be recycled?

box Generally, recyclables are divided into some simple categories: these are tins and metals, cardboard and paper, plastics, glass bottles and jars, oils, tetra-pak, batteries and e-waste.

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