Beyond Recycling: Zero Waste Resources

Recycling in Middletown

What is Zero Waste?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Resources

Buy Nothing Project

Buy Nothing Middletown/Portland is a Facebook group for neighbors residing in the towns of Middletown and Portland.

Freecycle

A grassroots & entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own Towns.

LOOP

Why own a product’s packaging just to throw it away when you’re done? Buy zero-waste versions of everyday items.

Terracycle

Loop’s parent company, this is a social enterprise Eliminating the Idea of Waste®. They tackle the issue from many angles.

Buy Sustainably

cinder & salt

An eco-friendly clothing brand, specializing in sustainable casual apparel for guys, ladies and kiddos. Style meets sustainability!

Estate Treasures

Home furnishings, outdoor furniture, tools, mattresses, appliances, linens, artwork, jewelry and a variety of used health care equipment.

Goodwill

Stores constantly stock new merchandise throughout the day, so the inventory is always changing.

It’s Only Natural

Natural and organic groceries and 100% fresh organic produce plus a wide variety of wellness and health and beauty products.

ReCONNstruction Center

Keeps building materials out of landfills while recycling them and providing them to the public at greatly reduced prices.

Live Sustainably

Ideas for  Lifestyle Changes

Carbon Footprint Calcuator

Ecological Footprint Calculator

Healthy PlanEat: find local farms

The High Price of Materialsism (video)

How to Reduce and Reuse

  • Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
  • Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
  • Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.