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1: Make Friends With Your Recycling Bin
Take the pile of mail you have just collected from your mailbox and hover by your recycling bins. Cut off the address labels from those junk catalogs (and shred to prevent identity theft) and pop the catalogs into the paper recycling bin.
Go online and request any catalogues you still want to be sent to you, electronically.
2: Separate Your Receipts Into Different Piles
If you have let your receipts accumulate, then this could be a job which may take several hours to start with. After getting used to doing it daily, it will not take very long at all to do.
If any of the receipts contain personal data, then make sure that you shred them first.
Keep a box of shredded paper to use as a natural kind of packing material. This is far better than using those foam peanuts.
Make sure that you actually save receipts that may be needed for the future to do your taxes, and scan the rest before disposing of them.
Certain tax receipts and other pieces of paper needed for returning goods etc. to stores, may be put into a "holding file".
Just make sure to recycle those shredded documents*, along with your unshredded paperwork.
Always guard your personal data diligently.
4: Reduce Junk Catalogs And Other Mail
Opt out on as many of those too-frequent catalogs you receive, by calling, mailing, or e-mailing the companies. You may have to repeat this method every few months or so.
Countries have different regulations regarding receiving junk mail and opting out from receiving it. You can also do this for junk phone calls as well, therefore saving on electricity and time and stress!
5: Get Your Statements And Bills Online
Always request this kind of paper to be sent via e-mail instead of actual hardcopies, so to speak. This will really add up and help reduce your carbon footprint. The less paper you get, the more trees may remain standing. Producing paper creates such an immense amount of waste, and chemicals spew into the air as it's manufactured. Back in the day, paper was very precious and often folks would write on it over and over again, in every nook and cranny. If more people thought of paper as precious, they would make better use of this resource and recycle it when done.
6: Do Everything You Can Online; Help Save Our Environment
Computers are a wonderful tool and may be used to aid us in recycling.
When you're printing anything in your office,
print on both sides of the paper. This alone will cut your paper use in
half! Practice recycling everything you can and it will become second
operational reasons, some recycling contractors refuse to take shredded
paper so it is advisable to check first.
10 ways to save money and the planet
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