6 Tips to Help You Recycle, Reduce and Reuse!

September 8, 2011

In 1960, the average person was responsible for 2.7 pounds of waste each day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by the year 2000, each of us accounted for more than 4.7 pounds of daily waste.

Then, two years ago, the EPA reported that Americans generated approximately 243 million tons of waste, including, some 62.6 billion aluminum cans reported by the Aluminum Association. That’s enough waste to circle the earth’s equator 171 times! What’s more, if we put all the solid waste collected in the U.S. in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks would cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles more than 100 times!

In an effort to do its part to reduce waste, the Club has implemented its own recycling program. Stationed around the Club are multiple bins for collecting different types of recyclable waste. The goal of the program was to position the Club as the first TPC “zero-waste” property. Thanks to the commitment of the TPC staff, under the direction of Executive Chef Ryan Dawson, we’ve reached our goal! The Stonebrae team would like to thank its residents for their support of the program.

Stonebrae is more than a place that people call home – it’s a way of life, and the idea of a total zero waste property doesn’t stop at the Club. You can get involved too!

Here are 6 tips to help you recycle, reduce and reuse at your home:

    1. Look for ways to go digital to reduce waste, such as e-books, online magazines, music and movies.
    2. Use cloth napkins and towels instead of disposable ones.
    3. “Recycle” things you don’t want anymore by donating them – old toys, clothes, furniture, decor, games, movies, books and tools.
    4. Reuse paper. Printer misprints make great to-do-list scratch paper.
    5. Wash and save glass jars for handy uses like storage, vases and food leftover containers.
    6. Become a zealot about turning things off, such as the water, the lights and electronic devices.

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