Why Reducing and Reusing Unwanted Items Matters As Much As Recycling

Every year the American sends over 1,000 pounds of unwanted items to landfills and/or incinerators. Aside from the fact that landfills and incinerators emit hazardous toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment, destroy wildlife habitats, and pose a major threat to human health, trash is also a waste of the natural resources, energy, water, labor, and money used to produce the discarded materials and items.

The R’s are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The reason reduce and reuse come before recycle is if you have unwanted items, rather than just toss it in the trash where it will ultimately wind up in landfills, make a conscious effort to reduce your items and reuse them if possible. Most items, unless they are damaged, can be passed along to someone else who will love it just as much as you did when you received it.

There are a lot of people who want great items like designer clothing, purses, or fabulous home decor items, but they refuse to pay full price for brand new retail items. If you’ve barely used something and it is still in very good, clean, gently used or new condition, the Elderly Pet Organization can sell those unwanted items and give them a new life to someone who is not interested in paying full retail and doesn’t mind that the item was gently loved by someone else.

Adopting a reduce and reuse mentality helps keep unwanted items out of landfills and into the hands of people who will love them a lot lot longer.

Interested in reducing, reusing and recycling your unwanted items? Learn how you can donate them to the Elderly Pet Organization. Click here to learn more.