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The Three R's

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The City of Loma Linda believes in the three R's because they stand for Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. The three R's Program was established to reduce the waste going to the landfills, protects natural resources and make a difference for future generations. 

REDUCE
Reduce the amount of garbage you generate by purchasing products with less packaging. Purchase items in bulk, family size or in condensed form. Avoid packaging made with two or more materials such as juice containers made from paper laminated onto plastic or foil. Avoid all products that have unnecessary packaging.
  • Use cloth rags, napkins and handkerchiefs instead of paper towels and tissues.
  • Remove your name from direct marketing mailing lists to reduce junk mail.
  • Use canvas or string bags when shopping.
  • Compost to reduce yard waste.
  • Use cloth diapers when possible. Landfills are not designed to accept human waste products. Diapers can create a health hazard.
  • Never release balloons into the environment. They are extremely hazardous to marine wildlife.

REUSE
Reuse what you can. Every time you buy something, think of ways to reuse it instead of throwing it away. An important way to reduce the amount of waste you and your family generate is to reuse a product as many times as you can. Water bottles, cardboard boxes, shoeboxes, plastic and paper bags can all be reused. 
Use rechargeable batteries.

  • Reuse glass jars for storage.
  • Reuse plastic margarine tubs and yogurt containers for leftovers.
  • Return your hangers and plastic garment bags to your local dry cleaner.
  • Give your old magazines to local senior centers, churches or hospitals.
  • Reuse Styrofoam peanuts for packaging.
  • Donate unneeded items to a local thrift shop or charitable organization.

RECYCLE
Recycling is the process of collecting, processing and re-manufacturing new products from used materials that have been diverted from our landfills. The best way to recycle is to purchase recycled products whenever possible. Products made from recycled materials contain a combination of pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials. When you buy products, check to see if the product is made from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials.

PRE-CONSUMER MATERIALS: 
Often referred to as mill scraps. These are materials, which never leave the manufacturing plant, but are recycled internally.

POST-CONSUMER MATERIALS: 
Represent products that have been returned by consumers to a manufacturer for recycling purposes. There are two recycling symbols currently used by manufacturers when promoting recyclable products. When attempting to purchase recycled products, look for the recycling symbol on either the product or its packaging.

In addition, recycling could also be defined as repairing. Therefore, it is recommended that we should repair electric and electronic products whenever possible. Please call your local appliance repair shops instead of disposing of broken appliances. It may save you money and it will definitely save valuable landfill space.