You can greatly reduce your ecological footprint by repairing, borrowing, or renting instead of buying, mending, and repurposing old clothes, thrifting, purchasing from sustainable brands, and recycling aluminum cans, glass bottles, paper, wood, plastics leftover paint, concrete, household hazardous waste, various types of lighting, smoke/CO alarms, and iron and steel scrap.

Recycling single-use household batteries ideally should have the ends taped so that they cannot touch each other to prevent a fire from occurring. They should be stored separately to avoid being crushed and igniting fires at the recycling facility, composting facility, and landfill sites or leaching harmful chemicals into local ecosystems. Take non-rechargeable batteries to most hardware stores and stores where batteries are sold for recycling, free of charge.

We can all do our part to reduce single-use plastics, straws, utensils, and paper cups by bringing a reusable water bottle, or thermal coffee mug and packing lunches using sustainable packing and more.

Take the time to check out local recycling depots that take the products that are not picked up by your waste management collector, such as computers and electronics, soft plastics, batteries, paint cans, and more hazardous products, etc. Some communities have free days once a month where you can bring in such items as rubber tires without charge.