An important action that can be taken is to reuse items before considering buying new ones. When you buy new plastic food storage containers, oil has to be extracted from the ground, processed into plastic and then transported to the store. Instead of buying new containers, consider reusing yogurt tubs and peanut butter jars that might otherwise become waste products. Keeping those resources in rotation will reduce the demand for new ones and avoid the costs of recycling.
Thrift stores and local classified ads are also a great way to acquire anything from clothes to appliances to furniture to cars that have been gently used but still have a lot of life left. Give those unwanted household items another chance by donating to a thrift store or a charitable organization.
Instead of buying new, consider repairing, borrowing, renting, or buying used items. Also consider shared ownership. For example, do you AND your neighbors all need to own a yard waste chipper? Reusing and recycling helps keep natural resources in the product cycle and not wasted in a landfill.
Visit the links below to avoid throwing at least some of your household waste into the trash.
Garage of Blessings, 800 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, 360-679-1239
Good Cheer Thrift Stores, 4777 Commercial St, Suite A-8, Clinton, 360-341-2880 or 114 Anthes Ave, Langley, 360-321-6454
Habitat for Humanity, 280 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, 360-675-8733 or1592 Main St, Freeland, 360-331-6272
Island Thrift, 600 SE Barrington Dr, Oak Harbor, 360-675-1133
Senior Thrift, 5518 Woodard Ave, Freeland, 360-331-5701
WAIF Thrift Shop, 1651 Main St, Freeland, 360-331-2818 or 50 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor,
Arc of Washington State will pick up items from North or Central Whidbey Island, 360-671-3344 or
2nd Chance Thrift Shop, 1335 E SR 532, Camano Island,
Food Bank Thrift Shop, 27030 102nd Av NW, Stanwood, 360-629-6646