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Reducing what you consume is the best way to reduce the amount of waste that you generate. Think before you purchase and consider buying products that will last longer and use less packaging. You’ll also save money if you don’t have to replace your stuff as frequently.
Borrowing or sharing things is another great way to reduce what you consume. You might consider getting your books and movies from the Somerville Public Library, starting a free little library for your neighbors, hosting a clothing swap with friends, starting a tool sharing group with neighbors, or trying out a bike share or car share. Buying less stuff can save you money, reduces clutter, and sharing helps to build community.
Before you throw things out, consider how they might be reused. Donating clothes, furniture, electronics, and more to local organizations will keep your old stuff out of the waste stream and put it to good use.
You can also think about what things you can switch from single-use to reusable. Many of us already bring reusable bags when shopping, but go beyond the bag and bring your lunch in reusable containers, get coffee in your own mug, say no to plastic utensils when eating at home or work, and drink tap water instead of bottled water. The more we can remove from the waste stream, the more sustainable we can be. What else can you reuse?
For the containers and recyclable materials that we can’t stop using entirely, be sure to recycle. Somerville has zero-sort recycling to make recycling as easy as possible. For information on what you can throw in your recycling bin, visit the Waste Wizard.
For more ideas on how to live sustainably, check out our sustainability guide.