Waste Reduction includes Reject (don't buy it in the first place); Reduce (buy less, buy in bulk); Re-use (esp. containers); Repair (find a needle and thread); Upcycle (turn it into something else); and ... finally ... Recycle. When that can't be done, Downcycling is often the last alternative before the landfill, like grinding and pressing plastic into another product which will not be further recycled.
Support your local thrift shop that likewise supports folks like you when in need. They are at 215 North Illinois Avenue (see map).
#Freecycle: Where unwanted stuff finds a new home.
Reduce ... You do not need to buy that much bottled water!
Drink locally! Follow link for more!
Repair and Upcycle
If you don't know how, go to the SIU Craft Shop and learn how!
They offer classes on all kinds of things and have that
"Don't throw that away!!!"
Repurposed Materials Inc - check out this website just for more wacky ideas!
Recycling promotion is one of Keep Carbondale Beautiful's primary purposes, along with litter control and beautification. Increased recycling translates into more efficient use of resources and also reduces litter and therefore enhances the beautification of the city. Keep Carbondale Beautiful seeks to educate the public on the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and to initiate more participation through efforts such as the Spring Clean-up and Recycling Day.
Click here for details on local recycling locations.
Click here to see what SIUC is recycling.
Click here for more recycling ideas.
Where can I take this?
The Future of Recycling in Carbondale
presentation was held Nov 15, 2019 but call if you've got a group interested.
--panel with reps from City, JCHD, Southern Recycling
--Informational Tabling from Keep Carbondale Beautiful, Southern Recycling, City of Carbondale, Jackson County Health Dep't, SIU Sustainability, CWU Thrift Shop, Faith in Place, Sierra Club
The water cycle link will take you to a beginners version, but you can click on intermediate and advanced. From US Geological Survey