The first step to decreasing waste is to avoid it in the first place. Many websites and magazines offer tips, but a few to get you started include
- Look for products with the least amount of packaging.
- Think about buying higher volume in less packaging.
- Try to buy bulk when possible at the grocery store or hardware store.
- Borrow or rent equipment or specialty supplies when possible.
- Bring your own bags into the store so that you need neither plastic nor paper.
- Go for cleaners that can do double (or triple) duty and avoid specific, single-use products.
- Think long-term when making large purchases: one option may be more expensive but will last longer, making it more cost-effective and easier on landfills.
As they say, one person’s junk is another’s treasure. Buying used items and offering your cast-offs to others helps keep useable things out of the landfill.
- Use thrift stores to donate gently used items and clothing.
- Visit www.2good2toss.com a FREE online listing of items for $99 or less.
- Shop & donate to The Habitat Store for discounted housing materials, operated by Tacoma/Pierce County’s Habitat for Humanity.
When all else fails, try to recycle as much as you can. Sumner residents have curbside recylcing from Murray’s Disposal.
- Check out what can be recylcing in the curbside bin.
- Get curbside cart placement instructions.
- More information including schedules, weather and holiday instructions, etc.
The Sumner Police Department also offers free recylcing of prescription medications. Just bring your medicines to the bin in the Police lobby and drop it of anytime during regular office hours. No sharps in the bin, please!
An agreement in place also allows for Pierce County residents to use the City of Tacoma’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which accepts things like antifreeze, oil-based paints, pool chemicals and more.
For a list of recycling options throughout the county by item name, click here to visit Pierce County’s website.