Part 1 of Recycling-Collection and Processing:
Recycling begins when the materials are placed into the recycling container.
Part 2 of Recycling-Manufacturing:
Materials are separated by commodity type, processed
into raw materials, then made into new products.
Part 3 of Recycling/Buy recycled:
Purchasing products with recycled content, prevents
the materials from going into the landfill, creates
demand for recycled products and helps sustain
local recycling programs.
Consider shopping with reusable bags and using reusable containers for lunches or leftovers.
Avoid individually wrapped or single use items, when possible.
Buying in bulk can often reduce waste at the source. Consider buying in bulk if the item is something you regularly use such as dry goods, cleaning and office supplies.
Choose items packaged in recyclables containers.
Buy items made from recycled materials.
Manage your food waste and consider composting. http://sc-yorkcounty.civicplus.com/565/Composting-and-Food-Waste-Prevention
Donate items that you no longer need.
Try to find ways to reuse items rather than throwing them away.