Each of Us Can Produce Less Waste in 2020: Tips from Becker County Environmental Services

Each of Us Can Produce Less Waste in 2020: Tips from Becker County Environmental Services Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Recycling has taken off in Becker County in recent years with several sites of big blue receptacles for glass, cardboard, plastic, metal, and paper around Detroit Lakes and in the rural areas; and with curbside single-sort recycling in town. It's all good, and part of a bigger picture to keep our environment clean says Becker County Environmental Services Sandy Gunderson.

"Everybody's heard of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' and that's part of a solid waste hierarchy."

Gunderson says a good start to being less wasteful is to be more intentional with the stuff we buy in 2020. She suggests when you are about to buy more new stuff ask yourself a few questions like "Do I really need it?" "Is it something I can barrow?", "Can it serve more than one purpose?"

Gunderson says being more intentional in finding even little ways each day to reduce, reuse and recycle can make a big difference in your life. Examples are using less plastic, or reusing plastic containers, to keep plastics out of the waste stream; also composting paper towels, and organic matter and reusing it in your garden or yard.

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