3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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What are the 3Rs?

Have you ever heard the term the "3Rs"?

3Rs refers to three terms often used when talking about waste: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Reducing is cutting back on the amount of trash we make, reusing is finding a new way to use trash so that we don't have to throw it out, and recycling is using trash to remake new goods that can be sold again.

What is reducing?

Reducing is simply creating less waste. It's also the best method for keeping our earth clean. Why? Because it stops the problem at the source. By making less waste in the first place, there's less mess to clean up.

Here are a few ways you can help reduce the amount of waste you make:
Pack your lunch in a lunchbox instead of a disposable bag
Bring your own bags when shopping
Turn off lights when you're not using them.
Make sure your faucets aren't dripping

What is reusing?

Reusing is taking old items that you might consider throwing away and finding a new use for them. Reusing helps in situations where it isn't possible to reduce.

Here are ways you can reuse items to prevent trash from being created:

Donate clothes that no longer fit you.
You can also donate toys you no longer want. Just like with clothes, unwanted toys can be donated to charities or friends who could use them.

Use plastic groceries bags as trash bags. If you often bring home bags from the grocery store, save them instead of throwing them away. Grocery bags can be used as trash bags for small trashcans instead of being thrown away.

Use worn clothing as cleaning rags. For old clothes that may be too ripped or worn to give away, use those to clean up the house instead of buying cleaning rags. Old t-shirts work well for dusting.

What is recycling?

Recycling is changing old products into new ones so they can be resold. For example, when you set out bottles and cans to be recycled, they are taken to a plant where they can be reprocessed into many new things. They may be changed into new bottles or cans, or they could be changed into things like bicycles or asphalt.

What can be recycled?

The most well-known recycled materials are glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum. Other recyclable materials include batteries, biodegradable waste (like plants and kitchen waste), concrete, electronics, ferrous metals (like steel and iron), textiles (materials like cotton), and timber

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