National Recycling Week at Waterways
Sarah Long
We're celebrating National Recycling Week at Waterways.

Waterways is rooted in its love for nature, our community and environment, which is why we are thrilled to celebrate National Recycling Week.The conservation-based design of Waterways is inspired by the natural topography of our coastal Georgia land, and it integrates miles of winding lagoons, diverse native habitats, and even a community garden that's enjoyed by our residents.

Recycling on a national scale can seem daunting at first, but little by little, our efforts make a huge difference! That’s why we have created a community event that addresses recycling on a local level. On Saturday, November 17, our residents will get together for a Big Waterways Swap Party!

Swapping one suitcase of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for almost two years! When we swap our clothes, household items and equipment, we are diverting materials from landfills, which conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s do our part, Waterways!

9 to 11 a.m. – Bring items to swap, you will get one ticket per item to swap

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – View everyone’s items

12 to 2 p.m. – SWAP!

Want some more ideas on 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.

For more information on how you can become a better recycler, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.

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