One of the easiest ways to be a good environmental citizen is to reduce, or cut back, in key areas of your life. Communities as well as individuals are always looking for new ways to address reduction in areas such as solid waste, energy and water. The most common form is found in household waste and recycling.
Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12-foot high wall stretching from New York to San Francisco-that's 10,000 or so sheets per person!
The computer can be your one-stop source for all catalogs and bills! Most stores, companies and banks provide completely paper-free options (and why wouldn't they-its saves them money, too!). Visit their sites, setup a personal account and put an end to the paper pileup.
Read All About it.Online
National and local magazines and newspapers have also gone virtual to both cut down on costs and create a constant flow on updated information. Visit the San Bernardino Sun for all local updates and archives.
Cut the Junk (Mail)
The best way to reduce junk mail is to stop it at the source. Imagine a day when you go to your mailbox and it is no longer filled with unsolicited mail, catalogs, credit card applications, and advertisements for things you don't need! Taking some time now to make a few telephone calls or write a note will save you a lot of time sorting through your daily mail, along with reducing the amount of paper arriving at your doorstep.
Remove Names From Databases
The businesses listed below sell your name and address to junk mailers. Write or call the following to request that your name and address be removed from their lists. When writing your request, be sure to include your name (and any variations), address and signature; it may take a few weeks to see the reduction, but it is certainly worth the time.
The following groups are organized specifically to reduce junk mail.
*This list is provided as public service and is not an endorsement of these companies or their services. Zero Waste Communities is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this listing.
Special thanks to Riverside County Waste Management Department for providing information for this page.