Waste Reduction, Reuse and Repair

Simple Tips for Reducing Waste

One of the most impactful ways to conserve resources and protect the quality of Shasta County’s natural environment is to reduce waste by not creating it in the first place.

Below are other ways that you can help reduce the amount of waste you generate.

  • Maintain and Repair Your Stuff
  • Choose Reusables over Single-Use Disposables
  • Carry Reusable Shopping Bags, Travel Mugs, Water Bottles, and Containers for Restaurant Leftovers
  • Look for Products Sold with Little or No Packaging
  • Buy Used and Refurbished Products
  • Buy Products that Contain Recycled Content
  • Donate Your Unwanted Items to Thrift Stores, Churches, and Non-Profit Organizations
  • Borrow, Rent or Share Items Whenever Possible


Tips for Reducing Paint Waste

Buy Right
Be a wise consumer and buy only what you need. Your local paint retailer can help you buy the correct volume of paint for your project.

Store Properly
When you store paint properly it will last longer. For best results, cover the opening of the paint can with plastic wrap and securely seal the lid so it won’t dry out. Write the room name on the lid for future touch ups. Store cans indoors where they won’t freeze or get wet. Be sure to choose a safe location out of reach of children and pets.

Use it up
Leftover paint can be used for touch-ups or for smaller projects. You can also use the extra latex paint as a base coat on larger jobs. If you can’t make use of the paint yourself, ask a neighbor or local community organization if they can use it.

Recycle the Rest
Retailers like Kelly-Moore, Dunn-Edwards and Sherwin-Williams offer free recycling. Get complete details and locations at PaintCare. You can also recycle left-over paint at the City of Redding Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.


Tips for Throwing an Eco-Friendly Party

When throwing a party, you plan for everything, decorations, menu, invitations, and theme. What about after the party? How do you deal with a refrigerator packed with leftovers and overflowing garbage and recycling bins? By taking the opportunity to plan for what happens afterward, you can reduce waste as well as save money and
be eco-friendly.

Food Waste
About 40% of the food we produce in the United States is thrown away. Now, imagine that refrigerator full of leftovers. How much of that will spoil and go to the landfill before it can be eaten? A great way to avoid waste is to plan your menu so that you don’t overbuy. Tools, like the Guest-Imator at Save The Food, will help you figure out how much food you will need, thus reducing waste. 

Disposable utensils, plates, and cups can be a lot easier to deal with when planning for a house full of guests. Afterward, the sight of a pile of bulging garbage bags can make you question whether it was worth it. Consider reusable items or those made from fully recyclable or compostable materials. Yes, you may have a sink full of dishes, but, once clean, they will be ready for your next celebration.

Having a dedicated receptacle for your recyclables will make it easier to dispose of bottles and cans.  Instead of having to dig through other garbage when the guests have gone, your recyclables will be already separated and ready to be rinsed then dropped off for cash or at one of Shasta County’s transfer stations.

These are just the beginning of what you can do to throw an eco-friendly party. Other things to think about are, purchasing local foods (less distance means fewer emissions), sending digital invitations, and giving experiences instead of things. Anytime you reduce consumption, you are saving valuable resources and conserving energy, lessening our impact on the environment, and saving money. All of these are great reasons to celebrate.

Alternatives to Balloons
When deciding how to decorate for your next party, consider the impact of latex balloons on the environment, especially wildlife. Animals, believing balloon fragments are food, can ingest the colorful shards, causing starvation. Also, the animals may become entangled in the ribbons and strings trailing from the balloons, leading to injury and death.

Choosing not to decorate with balloons doesn’t mean the party is over. Consider reusable flags and streamers, lights, pinwheels, or flowers (easily compostable) to create striking visuals for your festivities without the risks associated with balloons.

What if you want to do a large balloon release?
What alternatives are there that will draw attention to an event or cause? How about thousands of bubbles being blown into the air at once, or a rainbow of kites rising overhead, or even better, a day of planting trees? Instead of the memory of a single balloon-filled moment, trees can serve as daily reminders for years to come.