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.

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.

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