Bedroom and Closet Diversion

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Below are some common items in bedrooms and closets that are discarded to the landfill or can cause pollution. Apply as many tips as you would like to your lifestyle.

Tracking: Below are some suggested ways to track your discard diversion. How you track your discard diversion is mostly up to you. If you want to just generally look at your trash can after waste diversion and estimate how full it is, that works too. For example, after waste diversion practices, my trash can was half full compared to a normal week without diversion practices. Same could be applied to your recycling bin.

Recyclable Items That get Landfilled

Tip: If you have a container for trash in your bedroom, try to set a recycling container next to it, or better yet, put a cardboard divider in the current bin and proceed with separating discards. Many recyclable materials like paper and packaging get landfilled because of convenience.

Tracking: Note the volume of the new recycling bin or section and record how often and how much you take to the main recycling bin of your house.

Wasted clothes and Shoes

Tip: Try to stick to a minimal wardrobe and shoe selection. Most closets have shoes and clothes that are never used anymore. Take these to a second-hand store or sell them to help ensure they get used by someone.
Tip: Never throw away old shoes. Try to find a location to drop old shoes to be made available to people who are in need of shoes.

Tracking: Record how many shoes or articles of clothing you take to the second-hand location.

Tip: Shop at second-hand stores to promote the REUSE piece of DARN3

Tracking: Record how often you shop at these stores and how many clothes or shoes you purchase

Tip: Save some of your old cotton clothes to be used as rags for the bathroom, garage, or kitchen.

Tracking: Record how many items you save for rags instead of landfilling them.

Plastic Microfibers from clothing

Tip: Every time you wash synthetic fabrics (most clothing), millions of microfibers are released into the water. Microfibers are too small to be filtered out by waste treatment plants, so they end up in our waterways and oceans, where they pollute and cause problems on marine animals and the environment in numerous ways.

Tip:  To prevent plastic microfiber pollution, wash your synthetics less frequently, wash with bigger loads, use a colder water setting, put lint in the trash, or purchase a type of bag which reduces microfiber pollution.

Tracking: Record whatever tip you implement and how often you use it.




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