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Tips on Precycling and Recycling

Going Green

What can you do to save your planet?


Where to bring Hazardous Waste?

-Aerosol Cans, Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, Transmission Fluid, Heating Oil, Oil-based Paint, Smoke Detectors, Thermostats, Thermometers, and Household Batteries can be delivered to the Hazardous Waste sites listed on the South Suburban Mayors and Managers' web site:

-Flourescent Bulbs can be put into plastic bags and taken to Ace Hardware or Home Depot.

-Car Batteries, contact Interstate Batteries.

- Computers, contact Give A Computer, Inc.

-Motor Oil can be taken to Jiffy Lube, Oil & Go, Pep Boys, or Oil Express.

-Propane Tanks, contact Ace Hardware


Don't create waste in the first place and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

Tips for Precycling:

-Use Canvas shopping bags

-Buy loose fruits and vegetables

-Buy recyclable milk and jiuce containers, not cartons

-Rather than buying books, videos and CDs, borrow from your library

-Buy scoops of ice cream in a cone, not a cup

-Shop thrift stores

-Buy rechargeable batteries

-Compost lawn and kitchen waste

-Buy cleaning products in bulk

-Use refillable razors instead of disposables

-Buy juice concentrate instead of juice boxes

-Use cloth napkins and dish towels

-Take hangers back to the cleaners

-Carry a plastic food container to restaurants to use as your own "doggie bag"

-When buying clothes, ask the clerk not to wrap in tissue

-Remove your name from unsolicited mailing lists

-Buy refurbished printer and toner cartridges

-use email and other electronic files