According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waste per person in the U.S. has increased since 1960 from 2.7 pounds per person per day to 4.5 pounds in 2008.
Purchase paper goods from recycled sources or try cloth napkins instead of paper, use re-usable grocery bags, use rechargeable batteries and reusable water bottles. Empty jars can be used as household containers.
If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them — there are bins at the local supermarkets. Recycling grocery bags cuts down on petroleum use and helps the environment.
Somerset County curbside recycling now cardboard from cereal and pasta boxes, in addition to cans, bottles, plastics, and household paper. For clear details on local curbside recycling, visit Somerset County, New Jersey Recycling.
Somerset County no longer collects batteries for recycling. Alkaline batteries are now allowed in the trash. To recycle rechargeable batteries check out participating retailers, such as:
- Best Buy
- Home Depot
- Office Max
- Wal-Mart and Verizon Wireless
For further information recycling batteries, visit Call2Recycle.
Rather throwing away unwanted items, donate them to a local thrift store, work with a consignment shop or use these sites to keep your unwanted things out of landfills:
- General Items:
- New Jersey Guide to Purchasing Recycled Items: