The Reuse Marketplace is a website where businesses, government, institutions, and non-profits can post unwanted items for free. If you go to the site right now, you will see a variety of items posted, including: a check point security system, windows, a jet dust collector, stereo speakers, burlap bags, etc. The site includes more than 30 material categories, making it a great marketplace for exchanging items.
To become a member and start posting items, you must be located in one of the seven participant states (CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI, & VT) and create an account. Once the site administrator reviews and accepts your account (generally within 24 hours), you can begin posting your items. Anyone is welcome to browse and obtain the posted items by contacting the lister directly. For more information, contact the site administrator, Mary Ann Remolador of the Northeast Recycling Council.
Rocking video showing people how to single stream recycle - http://youtu.be/exhgrxpeQws
Electronics Environmental Producer Responsibility Legislation Takes Effect in Vermont - Find a collection facility near you. Collection of televisions, computers, monitors, printers, peripherals, and are FREE to Vermont residents.
Living Green: A Guide to Recycling Electronics - (http://sewelldirect.com/articles/Recycling-electronics.aspx)
VERMONT PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL - The Vermont Product Stewardship Council (VTPSC) was formed to shift Vermont’s product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.
LORD OF THE RINGS PARODY OF EPIC JOURNEY - A great parody on recycling and reuse.
TAKE THE 10% CHALLENGE - The 10% Challenge is a voluntary program to raise public awareness about global climate change and to encourage households and businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 percent. Visit 10percentchallenge.org for details.
CLOSE THE LOOP - Check out the Buy Recycled Paper Products page. Making a few simple changes can make an Incredible difference to our World.
OurEarth.org - Non-profit organization that promotes environmental education and awareness. This is an excellent site worth visiting. It has abundant amounts of information on recycling, energy, special collection events, conservation and reuse. http://www.ourearth.org/
Don't throw away your old clothing, textiles, shoes, and books. Give them a second chance at prolonging their lifespan.
REDUCE and REUSE
Recycling label seeks to clear consumer confusion - Recycling — it can get a little confusing at times. Most people think that if a package has a little recycle symbol (the chasing arrows around a number) on it, that means that item can be recycled. Many people choose packages with that recycling symbol on it thinking they're making a more sustainable choice. READ MORE
Check out the Movoto site for great tips for recycling and living a greener lifestyle.
Ban the Burn Barrel: Trash has changed, and now we know that burning trash emits many nasty chemicals and particles into the air. Backyard burning hurts us, our children, and our natural surrounds. Go to Don't Burn Vermont for more information.
Buy Recycled: Buying products made of high percentage of post-consumer recycled content keeps recycling working to help the environment.
Compost At Home: Begin composting your kitchen food scraps, or find ways to do more. Separating food and yard waste can reduce the amount of trash your household produces by 25% or more! Compost bins are available for sale through the Rutland County Solid Waste District (RCSWD) for a nominal fee and many home and garden stores carry composting systems. Can't or don't want to get involved with a composter? How about a Green Cone food digestor. Check out our information page to see how you can lower your trash costs even if you are not able to compost.
Don't Trash Mercury: Mercury in our environment has created the need for fish consumption advisories in New England. mercury can be found in thermostats and fluorescent light bulbs. Please bring these items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events for proper disposal.
GET SOME LOCAL COLOR - Local color paint is 100% premium, re-blended latex paint made by the Chittenden Solid Waste District. Leftover latex paint collected from residents and businesses is inspected for quality, sorted by color, then blended, double-filtered, and sold at an affordable price. All Local Color paint has a matte finish and is available in a wide variety of colors. Quality is guaranteed. One of the best things about Local Color is the price. A 2-gallon container of any color is sold for just $16. A 2-gallon container of white is just $18. Compare that cost per gallon to new paint. Local Color is now available at the Addison County Community Action Group (ACCAG) on 282 Boardman Street in Middlebury. The warehouse is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call them at 388-3608 to check availability. Local Color is a great alternative to expensive paints, and yet another way we can reuse our waste! REMEMBER - buy only what you need. Estimate your project needs carefully. Latex paint is not a hazardous waste and may be discarded with the regular trash IF IT IS SOLIDIFIED FIRST. Solid or liquid oil-based (alkyd) paints should always be brought to the hazardous waste collection events. See our hazardous waste page for additional information.
Make More Time for Your Real Priorities: It turns out that most people's real priorities in life--family, relaxation, connecting with nature, for examples--don't rely on heavy use of "stuff." So making time for your real priorities just might reduce your waste. Remember, the landfill starts at the shopping plaza. Buy only what you need.
http://oldjunkcar.com/art-junk-recycled-craft-ideas/ It has some fun and great ideas to help kids (and adults) reuse recycled materials for art
Recycling for Kids - (http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Recycling_for_Kids
Recycle More: Recycling rates have been dropping lately as people have become more lax about separating their recyclables. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for all you do to recycle and reduce your impact, then think again about renewing your efforts. Keep recyclables out of the trash.
Information on Recycled Art Projects: Recycled Art Ideas for Kids.
Recycle All The Paper You Can: Chances are you are not recycling all the paper that can be recycled through your recycling program. Ask the attendant or town clerk about all the paper that can be taken through the program you use, and make sure to maximize what you recycle.
Recycling Resources for Appliances and Other Kitchen Items: Many of the products that are found in the kitchen, like food, everyday items, and appliances, can be recycled to promote a healthier environment. Check out this page for some great ideas from backyard composting to recycling household appliances and items.
Here is a great site for and Reusing - Real Estate Resources: A Guide to Recycling" - http://sanibelrealestateguide.com/recycling/
Information and additional links for Recycling Toner Cartridges: http://www.quikshiptoner.com/catalog/Recycle_Your_Toner_Printer_Cartridges
Reduce Junk Mail: Another good way to reduce waste is to reduce the junk mail that comes to your home or business. Five to six million tons of junk mail is thrown away unopened every year in the United States.
Reducing the amount of junk mail that comes to your home or business is also a way to reduce waste. The best way to reduce junk mail is to have your name taken off mailing lists. The first step is to write to the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association. Provide them with all possible variations of your name and address and request that your name be removed from their association's mailing lists. The address is:
Mail Preference Service Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 282
Carmel, NY 10512
Now you can clean out your mailbox and reduce the poundage you lug to the recycling center. Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive. Reduce the amount of unsolicited mail...while helping to preserve the environment.
Reduce the Use of Hazardous Substances: Reducing waste means reducing the volume OR toxicity of waste. Using baking soda, vinegar, borax, and other low-impact cleaners reduces your waste impact, and can save you money. See Non-Toxic Cleaners for more information.
Saving Money & the Environment: A Kid's Guide to Recycling - (http://www.upack.com/moving-services/articles/saving-money-the-environment-a-kids-guide-to-recycling/).