Eco-friendly answers to
common green questions
Written by Janice Wells. Designed by Jane Millan.
Recycle or toss? Many individuals, families and businesses have pledged to protect
the environment, yet almost everyone still has questions about how to wisely
Green Wisdom answers common questions about the environment, with a special
focus on easy ways to recycle, reduce and reuse. This collection of tried-and-true
eco tips is designed to inspire you to transform your everyday actions into good
green habits. Once you get started, we think you’ll notice that what’s
better for the environment is almost always better for your budget, health
You can help grow a greener planet by keeping Green Wisdom in a handy place
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our planet safe and healthy.
Janice Wells and Jane Millan
COMMUNITY RECYCLING page CONSERVING OUR RESOURCES page
Do items in the right cart make a difference? 4 Any ideas to lower my heating bill? 16
How can I better help the environment? 4 What is the best barbeque grill option? 16
What if my garbage company doesn’t offer it? 5 How can I make planet-friendly road trips? 17
How much garbage do Americans generate? 5 Where can I find information on purchasing
Can I recycle spiral-bound notebooks? 6 a green vehicle? 17
Is all paper recycled? 6
Does recycling save trees? 7 WATER IS GOLD. SAVE IT!
How can I stop junk mail? 7 Where does waste washed down
Should I remove tops from bottles and jars? 8 a storm drain wind up? 18
How many plastic bags can we keep out Can you give advice on finding a water leak? 18
of the landfill in a year? 8 Any suggestions for saving water? 19
What’s made from recycled plastic bottles? 9 Any advice on watering lawns? 19
Why is it OK to put plastic tubs, but not
plastic bags, in my recycling cart? 9
BRIGHTER SHADES OF GREEN
What should I do with pet waste? 20
HOME OFFICE & BUSINESS RECYCLING Any advice on packing waste-free lunches? 20
Is recyled paper more expensive? 10 Any eco-friendly gardening tips? 21
Do waste-free lunches save money? 10 Is cooking oil recyclable? 21
How will my business save money using
eco-friendly products? 11
How can my business “go green”? 11 RECYCLING MOTOR OIL
Why should I recycle motor oil? 22
How is recycled motor oil used? 22
RECYCLING GREEN WASTE
How can fallen leaves help the environment? 12
How do I dispose of uncoated wood ECO-FRIENDLY RESOURCES
vs. painted wood? 12 Do you have any favorite website links? 23
What does “mummify” really mean? 13 How can I get more green habits or
Can I put BioBags in my green waste cart? 13 eco-marketing advice? 24
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Why is it illegal to throw old batteries
in the garbage? 14
How can I recycle old electronics? 14
What should I do with outdated medicine? 15
What do “toxic” and “hazardous” mean? 15
If I put items in the right cart, How can my family and I better
does it really make a difference? help the environment?
Absolutely! Your efforts keep We’re glad you asked because good
unnecessary waste out of landfills— 4R habits offer an important way to
because the contents of carts have protect the environment and help
very different destinations: keep unnecessary waste out of the
1 Green waste cart materials go landfill. Here’s how to begin:
to composting facilities where 1 Reduce. Make the effort to use
they break down to become part less stuff so that you produce less
of rich composting mixes. waste.
2 Recycling cart material is 2 Reuse. Use items more than
sorted and sent to specialized once or find new ways to use old
facilities where it is remanufac- items.
tured into new products. 3 Recycle. Discard acceptable
3 Garbage cart material is taken materials in your recycling cart
to a landfill. instead of your garbage cart so
that your garbage company can
transport them to facilities where
they will be remanufactured into
ECO FACT new products.
Putting green waste into landfills 4 Rot (compost). Place food
creates methane, a greenhouse waste, food-soiled paper,
gas that is 21 times as potent as and yard waste in your green
carbon dioxide. waste cart so that your garbage
company can transport them to
facilities where they decompose
into rich soil amendment.
What if my garbage company doesn’t How much garbage do
offer a recycling program for stuff like Americans generate each year?
paper, fallen leaves and food? ~Andrew
Answer Here are the latest garbage statistics
according to the U.S. Environmental
You can still be your best green self by
taking these eco steps even when your Protection Agency:
garbage company doesn’t pick up Paper 40.4%
recyclable items: (71.6 million tons)
1 Visit earth911.com or call Yard trimmings 17.6%
800-CLEAN-UP. (31.6 million tons)
2 Give them your zip code to receive
the addresses of nearby recycling
(15.3 million tons)
facilities for your unwanted paper,
metal, household hazardous waste, Plastics 8.0%
plastic, glass, electronics, automotive, (14.4 million tons)
household, garden and construction Food scraps 7.4%
materials. (13.2 million tons)
3 Take items to recycling centers when
running errands to save gas and avoid
(12.5 million tons)
creating unnecessary pollution.
(20.8 million tons)
Request a service brochure if your garbage company has
a recycling program so you can learn how to make the
most of their program!
terrapass.com Fight global warming. Reduce your carbon footprint. 5
Can I put spiral-bound paper I’ve heard a rumor that all paper
notebooks into my recycling cart is now recycled. Is it true?
COMMUNITY RECYCLING: PAPER
without removing the spirals? ~Piper
Answer No. It’s another eco myth that’s
simply not true. Unfortunately,
Follow these guidelines for all
school, office and craft supplies: more than 90% of printing and
1 Separate paper from non-paper writing paper sold in America is
materials (bars, clasps, staples, virgin paper. If you can’t find
plastic sheet protectors, vinyl recycled paper on store shelves,
covers, etc.). please ask retailers to stock it
2 Place only separated “clean” since it:
paper in recycling cart or bin. • Uses less energy, water and
3 Unless separated metal and plastic chemicals and produces fewer
material is reusable or recyclable pollutants during manufacturing
elsewhere, place in garbage cart processes.
or bin. • Saves money since many types
Your efforts to follow these rules help cost the same as or less than
to protect natural resources, reduce virgin papers.
unnecessary landfill waste, and • Preserves forests by reducing
maximize recycling efficiency! wood demands.
• Reduces solid waste by helping to
divert usable paper from landfills.
Protect your identity
and our planet!
Prevent identity theft during tax season and throughout the year:
Shred old tax forms, secure in a paper bag, and place in your recycling cart.
Can you tell me if paper Lately my mailbox has been flooded
recycling saves trees? with junk mail. How can I stop it?
Yes. According to conservatree.com, To promote a junk-mail drought, avoid
recycling paper: giving your address whenever possible
1 reduces the number of trees that and ask companies that send junk mail
are cut down to make paper, to remove your name from marketing
2 can reduce overall demand for lists. Download a free Stop Junk Mail
wood, and Kit from Bay Area Recycling Outreach
3 helps save natural forests. Coalition at stopjunkmail.org.
Recycling paper reduces the For widespread removal, visit
overall demand for virgin paper stopwaste.org, at Recycling+Purchasing
and the need to convert natural Wizard, under Where Can I Recycle?,
forests and other areas into tree select Paper, then select Junk Mail
ECO TIP • Credit Card & Insurance Offers
Purchase recycled optoutprescreen.com
paper that is at least (888) 567-8688
30% post-consumer waste, • Direct Mail
chlorine-free and/or dmachoice.org
Forest Stewardship Council • Direct Mail & Catalogs
certified. mailstopper.tonic.com (for a fee)
paperrecycles.org Recycling starts with you! 7
Is it best to remove tops from If our family uses reusable shopping
COMMUNITY RECYCLING: PLASTIC
plastic and glass bottles and jars bags, how many plastic bags do
before we put them in our you think we’ll actually keep out
recycling cart? of the landfill next year? ~Parker
Answer During an average shopping week,
we estimate that a family of four
Generally, yes. It’s considered a
good recycling habit to remove uses a minimum of 10 plastic bags
caps and lids for these reasons: for groceries. If your family con-
1 Tops to plastic and glass sistently uses reusable bags every
containers can be made from week, you would keep at least
materials that are not recyclable. 520 plastic bags from ending up
2 They can harm the sorting and in the landfill each year. Right now
processing equipment that Californians use an estimated
recycling centers use. 19 billion plastic bags a year, yet
3 Pressure can build up in a sealed recycle fewer than 3%. Studies
container causing it to explode, show that plastic bags:
1 pollute our streets, soil and
which can injure workers.
2 consume nonrenewable resources
in manufacturing; and
3 substantially harm wildlife and
Recycle clean, dry plastic bags and fish that mistake littered
other accepted plastic packaging plastic bag particles for food.
Visit plasticbagrecycling.org for
What types of products are Why is it OK to put plastic tubs
made from recycled plastic and bottles (but NOT plastic
water bottles? bags, Styrofoam or bubble wrap)
~Connor in the recycling cart?
Water bottles with the #1 inside the
recycling symbol and PET (or PETE)
Plastic tubs & bottles (#1-7) from
on or near the bottom are used to nonhazardous products are sent
package soft drinks, juice and other to facilities where they are remanu-
products. These PET containers can factured into a variety of new
be remanufactured into a variety of containers and products. Plastic
new products, including carpet, bags, Styrofoam and bubble wrap
tee shirts, sweaters, coats, shoes, are usually unacceptable in
luggage, fiberfill for sleeping bags, recycling and green waste carts
and toys. According to California because during the sorting
Department of Conservation, process, they get tangled around
recycling one ton of PET containers blades and cause equipment
can save 7.4 cubic yards of failure. You can usually place these
landfill space. unwanted items in your garbage
cart. However, it’s better to avoid
them altogether or reuse when
ECO TIP possible.
Choose reusable totes
instead of plastic bags.
thegreenguide.com Living green today leads to a brighter tomorrow. 9
HOME OFFICE & BUSINESS RECYCLING
Is recycled paper used in offices and Is it true that both my employees
professional printing more expensive and company will save money
than virgin paper? when individuals pack waste-free
Not necessarily. Recycled paper can Answer
cost the same as or less than virgin Yes, on both counts. Assuming a cost
papers — especially paper used for let- of $3.50 for a home-packed lunch
terhead, brochures and business cards. compared to $6.00 for a take-out
Here are some cost-saving eco tips: meal—your employees can save
1 Buy paper in large quantities to quite a lot of money. A single
take advantage of bulk discounts. employee can save about $20,000
2 Make sure your graphic designer over a 30-year career by packing
coordinates projects with your lunches from home! Individuals save
printer before creating the design money with waste-free lunches be-
to minimize waste. cause they can buy food in bulk, pur-
3 Pay less for lighter weight paper, chase reusable items only once, use
which uses less fiber/fewer trees to leftovers from other meals, and avoid
produce and may reduce postage the expense of disposable baggies.
and shipping costs. Your business benefits whenever
4 Use the correct grade of recycled- employees create less waste because
content paper for the job to avoid it reduces your need for disposal,
paying more than necessary for a saves energy, prevents pollution and
higher grade of paper. conserves natural resources such as
coal, oil, natural gas and trees.
Turn off computers at the end of the day
to reduce energy use by 50%.
How will my business save money Can you give me details on the
by using and buying eco-friendly free “Waste-Saving Assessment”
office products? for businesses?
~ Laura ~ John
Here are four cost-saving features of Most garbage companies offer
eco-friendly purchasing: a Waste-Saving Assessment pro-
1 As a result of purchasing more gram to help businesses evalu-
recyclable products, you can ate current waste practices and
maximize the use of a recycling disposal expenses. Those that take
bin. Doing so could require a advantage of this free program
smaller garbage bin and/or often reduce garbage volumes
reduced pickup frequency, enough to require smaller garbage
resulting in lower overall disposal bins and/or fewer pickups, which
expense. saves money! To get started, call
2 Some eco-friendly products now your garbage company’s customer
cost less than comparable prod- service number and ask if a
ucts harmful to the environment. recycling specialist can visit
3 Energy efficient electronics and your business—at no charge—to:
appliances can reduce energy bills. • assess your waste stream,
4 Products that are repairable, • set up a recycling program
reusable, refillable and more durable customized to your needs, and
create less waste and can be more • train your employees.
cost-effective in the long run.
calpsc.org California Product Stewardship Council 11
What can I do with fallen leaves Should I dispose of uncoated
that will help the environment? wood differently than painted
~Chad or varnished wood? I can never
remember the rules!
RECYCLING GREEN WASTE
Since fallen leaves and other decay-
ing compostable materials release
nutrients into soil, here are a few
Many garbage companies accept
uncoated wood in green waste carts.
1 Place leaves in your green waste
However, painted and varnished
cart along with other yard
wood should probably go into your
trimmings (some garbage
garbage cart if it fits (with lid com-
companies also accept food
pletely closed for curbside pickup)
waste and food-soiled paper)
so that your garbage company can
to be transported to composting
take it to a landfill. Treated wood
facilities where they decompose
cannot be safely composted into
into rich soil amendment.
mulch because the chemicals in
2 Visit stopwaste.org to learn how
coatings, including paint, varnish,
to establish a composting bin at
lacquers and stains, can pollute soil
and surface waters.
3 Till or dig whole leaves directly
into gardens to keep them healthy.
4 Shred or chop leaves (some
lawnmowers will do this for you!)
and spread around trees, shrubs
and perennials to mulch and
insulate for winter.
away more than 5 million tons
of food scraps each year.
I read that green waste and food I’ve heard I can put leaves, grass,
scraps “mummify” in the landfill. plant clippings and other green
What does this mean? waste in “BioBags” since they
~Lily decompose during the composting
process. Can I put these bags in
Answer my green waste cart?
Organic materials, including green
waste and food scraps, require
to decompose at a normal rate, Answer
otherwise they “mummify” (break You probably shouldn’t place BioBags
down very slowly). The landfill’s (and definitely NO plastic bags!)
contained design prevents harmful into your green waste cart for curb-
contamination from escaping into side collection. BioBags and other
the environment. Therefore, the brands of bags made from starch
lack of oxygen and water in it take longer to decompose than
reduces microorganism availability green waste and other organic waste
and limits organic waste decomposi- and can jeopardize the composting
tion. To help prevent mummification, process. Instead, place green waste
please place green waste ONLY in directly into your green waste cart.
your green waste cart so that your When you have more than will fit in
garbage company can transport your cart, store green waste in bags
it to composting facilities where and then empty them a little at a time
it can decompose into rich soil into your green waste cart. If you
amendment. want to get rid of them in a hurry,
you can also visit earth911.com to
find a nearby composting facility.
reduce.org If not you, who? 13
Why is it now illegal to throw old Can you tell me how I can recycle
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
household batteries in the garbage my old electronics?
in California? ~Sandy
Answer Thank you for remembering to
recycle your “e-waste” (electronic
Household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D,
button cell and 9-volt) contain waste), since it’s illegal to dump
metals and/or other toxic/corrosive cathode ray tubes from computer
materials that pollute soil and water. monitors & TVs and electronics
When a battery is thrown into the containing lead, mercury and
garbage or littered elsewhere, it other toxins into California landfills.
may end up on the ground and To help protect the environment,
get crushed — rupturing its protec- most garbage companies will pick
tive container and releasing toxins up a variety of e-waste, including
into soil and air. Rainwater can computer equipment, TVs, tele-
carry these toxins, untreated, into phones and VCRs, for a fee. Please
storm drains that empty into your call your garbage company’s
local water supplies. To safely and customer service number for
legally discard batteries for free, take details. For names and locations
them to a local Household Hazard- of other companies that recycle
ous Waste Facility. These facilities are e-waste, visit earth911.com.
usually open only on specific days
each month, so be sure to call them
or visit their website for schedule
Never throw batteries in
the garbage – it’s against
the law in California!
What should I do with my out- Can you explain what
dated over-the-counter medicine, “toxic” and “hazardous” mean?
vitamins, herbs and unneeded ~Abraham
According to the USEPA, toxic
Answer materials produce injury if inhaled,
swallowed, or absorbed through the
Whether for people or pets, all of
skin. Hazardous materials have at
your items are considered house-
least one of four characteristics:
hold hazardous waste (HHW).
ignitable, corrosive, reactive or
Therefore, please do not put them
in your garbage and recycling cart
Fact: Products containing toxic
or bin, green waste cart, or down
and/or hazardous materials include
toilets or sinks. Over-the-counter
batteries, fluorescent bulbs, gaso-
and prescription medications and
line, motor oil, paint, thinner, ther-
vitamins and herbs can contain
mometers, and thermostats. These
chemicals and hormones that harm
items can pose a threat to people,
landfills and water. Here are options
animals and the environment when
for eco-safe disposal:
improperly handled and discarded.
• Visit nodrugsdownthedrain.org
To learn how to safely handle
for disposal locations.
and discard toxic and hazardous
• Watch for advertised take-back
materials, contact your local
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
• Ask your local Household
or visit USEPA.
Hazardous Waste facility or
garbage company if they
coolcalifornia.org Protect the climate and keep California cool. 15
To lower our heating bill, I think Which is a better barbeque
we should keep our home a con- grill option for the planet:
CONSERVING OUR RESOURCES
stant temperature, but my wife charcoal, electric or propane?
says we should heat our home ~Jose
as needed. Who is right?
According to sierraclub.org,
Answer all three grills consume natural
resources and release toxins.
Your wife is correct. According to
However, the better choice
PG&E, less energy is used to warm
would be electric or propane
a cool home than to maintain a
because charcoal emits more
constant warm temperature.
carbon monoxide, particulate
Therefore, to avoid wasting
matter and soot.
precious natural resources and
Important Fact: If you do use
generating unneeded heat:
a charcoal grill, follow these
1 Install a programmable
safety tips for ash disposal:
• Allow ashes to cool
2 Set your programmable
thermostat to 68°F or lower
• Secure ashes in a lidded
during the day and to 55°F or
container or tied plastic trash
off while sleeping or away
bag (never dump directly into
your garbage cart).
3 Set programmable thermostats to:
• Place only in garbage carts or
• Turn down or off 30 minutes
bins (never place in recycling
before you go to bed or
or green waste carts or bins).
leave your home.
• Turn on 30 minutes before you
get up in the morning or
Do you know how I can make my My husband and I recently
road trips more planet friendly? decided to purchase a car. Do you
~Miles know where we can find informa-
Answer tion on “green” vehicles?
You can reduce gas and other
toxic-fluid consumption and
create less air pollution by Answer
following advice offered at To begin your search for an
greenercars.org: environmentally sensible vehicle
• Avoid quick accelerations, hard that meets your needs, you can
braking, and stop-and-start visit:
1 Hybridcars.com — to find hybrid/
• Check emission control system nonhybrid recent prices and
periodically. hybrid facts and myths.
2 Greenercars.org — to obtain a
• Don’t warm up vehicle.
• Do more errands per trip. “green score” for every
• Follow speed limits and use over- car on the market based on
drive gear at cruising speeds. official emissions, fuel-economy
• Keep tires properly inflated and tests, and other specifications
buy low-rolling resistance reported by auto manufacturers.
• Unload extra cargo.
• Get a tune-up and change oil
Each year Americans
throw away 220 million
tons of garbage—
conservation.ca.gov Eco-wise decisions promote economic vitality. 17
Is it true that anything washed My home may have a water leak,
down a storm drain would end up possibly a toilet—but I’m not
at a waste water treatment plant? sure. Any advice?
WATER IS GOLD. SAVE IT!
No, unfortunately that isn’t true. Yes—become an eco detective!
Waste materials, such as motor Find and repair your household
oil, cigarette butts, plastic, and leaks to save money and water.
newspaper — washed down storm To detect faucet leaks: Read wa-
drains end up untreated in our ter meter before and after a two-
waterways. It harms wildlife and hour period when not using water.
pollutes water supplies to homes. If the meter does not read the same
Your storm drains are only for clean both times, you probably have a
rain! Nothing else should ever go leak. Leaky faucets can waste more
into them. Take these steps to keep than 3,000 gallons of water a year
your local storm drains clean: per household.
• When changing oil, don’t spill. To locate toilet leaks: Place a
• Pour nontoxic liquid from home drop of food coloring in the tank.
cleaning projects into sinks If the color shows in the bowl
or down toilets that drain into without flushing, you have a leak.
sanitary sewers. Leaky toilets can waste about
• Never litter the ground or pave- 200 gallons of water every day
ment with cigarette butts and per household.
Wash vehicles at commercial
car washes where drains lead
to wastewater treatment plants.
Can you give me any suggestions Can you offer any advice
for saving water? about watering lawns?
Here are a few conservation tips to Yes! Since many cities face serious
help you save water: water supply issues, here are a few
• Completely fill washing machines conservation tips:
and dishwashers before running. 1 Adjust water spray to avoid
• Purchase Energy Star appliances. watering sidewalk, gutter and/or
• Scrape off food waste from dishes street.
instead of prerinsing. 2 Apply mulch around plants and
• Shut off tap while brushing trees to reduce evaporation.
teeth, shaving, lathering hands 3 Check automatic sprinkler
or doing chores and use garbage system to ensure valves shut off
disposal sparingly. completely and do not leak.
• Take shorter showers and install a 4 Prevent runoff in sloped and
low-flow shower head. poor-drainage areas by watering
in three 5-minute periods with
15 minutes between each watering.
5 Water grass only if it fails to spring
ECO FACT back when stepped on.
Americans use 7 billion gallons of 6 Monitor manual sprinklers with a
water each day to water gardens kitchen timer so you won’t forget
and lawns. to turn them off.
baywise.org We’re all in it together! 19
TURNING A BRIGHTER SHADE OF GREEN
We use biodegradable cat litter. Can you give me any advice for
If we scoop this cat waste into a packing “waste-free” lunches
paper bag, can we throw it in our for my children?
green waste cart? ~Joni
Answer To keep unnecessary food and
packaging waste out of landfills,
Most haulders do NOT accept pet
waste, waste-soiled paper or the USEPA offers these suggestions:
waste-soiled cat litter (including 1 Pack only what each child
biodegradable brands) in green can eat.
waste carts. At most mulching 2 Store sandwiches and snacks
facilities, pet waste is not compos- in reusable containers.
ted or recycled at this time. Please 3 Provide whole fruits and
place pet waste, all types of waste- vegetables without packaging.
soiled cat litter, and waste-soiled 4 Offer beverages in reusable or
paper in garbage carts for transfer recyclable containers.
to the landfill. To avoid messy spills 5 Purchase bulk food rather than
on service day, we suggest you use individually packaged items.
tied plastic bags to secure cat litter 6 Send lunches in reusable bags
and pet waste. or totes. Please avoid: individu-
ally wrapped snacks; plastic
wrap/baggies; and disposable
forks, spoons and straws.
Meatless menus are better for the environment since
meat production requires extraordinary amounts of
natural resources and is responsible for the emission
of greenhouse gases.
Do you have any earth-friendly Is cooking oil from deep fryers
gardening tips? ~Byron recyclable? If not, how can we
~Byron dispose of it?
Yes! You can keep your garden
green and the environment healthy
You can visit earth911.com to find
by following these easy gardening out if cooking oil is recycled in your
guidelines: area. For disposal, please take these
• Choose slow-release/insoluble- steps:
nitrogen fertilizers, such as com- 1 Never pour down sink drains,
post, cottenseed oil, bone meal, garbage disposals or toilets to
fish emulsion and animal manure avoid blockages caused by
instead of chemical and synthetic coated pipes.
fertilizers. 2 Mix small quantities of liquid oils
• Control pests with natural with absorbent materials, such as
predators, such as ladybugs cat litter or sawdust, then
and lacewings. transfer to covered container or
• Opt for native plants that resist tied trash bag—discard in
pests and require less water garbage cart or bin.
and fertilizer. 3 Dispose of large quantities at
• Use your hands to remove your local Household Hazardous
cocoons, eggs, larvae and weeds. Waste Facility.
• Use mulch to smother weeds and
increase water retention.
Compost made from yard and food
waste has a nice, earthy smell and a
dark, crumbly appearance.
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Do you know why I should recycle How is recycled motor oil used?
my motor oil? ~Virgil
Answer According to the USEPA, recycled
RECYCLING MOTOR OIL
There are many reasons to recycle used motor oil can be re-refined
used motor oil, including: into new oil, processed into fuel
1 Used motor oil contains toxic oils, and used as raw materials
substances such as benzene, for the petroleum industry. To
lead, zinc and cadmium. produce 2.5 quarts of new motor
2 One pint of oil can produce a oil, it takes only one gallon of used
one-acre oil slick. motor oil compared to 42 gallons
3 One gallon of oil can ruin the of crude oil! Used motor oil from
taste of one million gallons of cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles,
drinking water. farm equipment and lawnmowers
can be recycled and re-refined.
To ensure motor oil is legally and
safely discarded, many garbage
companies now provide oil jugs
and collect used motor oil for
curbside customers. To get started,
call your garbage company and ask
if they pick up used motor oil on
Recycling two Motor Motor
service day. Oil
gallons of used
motor oil can generate enough
energy to run an average
household for 24 hours.
Green Wisdom’s Favorite Links
You can visit these green websites to find a variety of green information and recycling
facts and tips. Use them to step up your green habits at home and work.
Bay Wise Information to reduce water consumption.
The Better World Group Information on environmental strategy and policy development.
Build It Green Training tools and technical expertise to create energy-efficient buildings.
California Department of Conservation Services and steps to protect natural resources.
California Product Stewardship Council Support for product design and manufacture processes
that create less waste.
Conservatree Advice on paper selection and recycling.
Delta Diablo Sanitation District Serving the communities of Antioch, Bay Point & Pittsburg.
Earth911 Recycling and disposal locations by zip code.
Ecology Center Training, referrals, strategies, infrastructure, and models for sustainable living.
Environmental Defense Fund Partners with businesses, governments and communities to find
practical environmental solutions.
Environmental Working Group Information to protect public health and the environment.
Freecycle Nonprofit network to give away/receive items to reduce landfill waste.
Good Green Habits Earth-friendly habits and products to keep the planet healthy.
Greenbiz News, opinions, practices, and resources for businesses.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Solutions to prevent litter, reduce waste & beautify communities.
Lighterfootstep Articles and tips to help live a lighter green lifestyle.
Millan Totes One-of-a-kind reusable handbags made from upholstery fabric remnants.
Paperrecycles Tips to set up paper recycling programs at work, school or home.
Precision Design Eco-friendly advertising and design firm that provides copywriting, graphic
design for web and print, corporate identity, internet marketing and public outreach.
Recyclemore Recycling and household-hazardous waste facts for home, school and work in
West Contra Costa County.
Reduce.org Practices to reduce waste and keep the environment safe.
Sierra Club Activites, materials, and programs to protect natural resources.
Stopglobalwarming Resources on climate change, greenhouse gasses and carbon emissions.
Stopwaste Services and resources to reduce the waste stream in Alameda County.
Terrapass Carbon footprint calculators and information to reduce the impact of driving.
The Green Guide Buying guides, features and tactics to go green.
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eco-friendly creative marketing?
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because they want to help keep the world healthy. You can visit their
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or want to discover the best way to share your green message.
GOOD GREEN HABITS
Owner and copywriter, Janice Wells
Good Green Habits is an eco-friendly website that provides readers
with a unique blend of light green information and dark green habits.
Good Green Habits is guaranteed to help individuals, families and businesses
green their daily routines with tried-and-true green habits.
Owner and designer, Jane Millan
Precision Design is a leading eco-friendly advertising and design firm that
provides copywriting, graphic design for web and print, corporate identity,
internet marketing and public outreach. They are experts at developing
messages that reach target audiences, change public opinions and drive
decisions. Precision Design will help you spread the eco word about your
organization and reach your green goals.
Green Wisdom. Eco-friendly answers to common green questions.
Written by Janice Wells. Designed by Jane Millan.
Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. This book may be reproduced with permission.
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