The 5 R’s – Recycling Hierarchy

June 19, 2017

The slogan we have all come to know and love has changed. Are you aware that the 3 R’s has changed to 5 R’s? By applying the five R’s to our everyday life, we can REDUCE what we RECYCLE!

  1. Rethink

The first step to the Waste Reduction hierarchy is to rethink. Rethink the ways you are currently making choices because there many simple and eco-friendly options we make daily. Have you considered an in-home composter for your organic waste instead of tossing your food scraps in the garbage? The more you complete the first step, the less you have to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Starting new lifestyle choices is easy so try it now!

  1. Refuse

Sometimes as a consumer, we just should say no! By making better choices, learning how to shop smarter and adding other alternatives to our everyday regimes will help our planet! Refuse plastic grocery bags by bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store or refuse to buy items with excessive packaging.

  1. Reduce

Reducing your eco-footprint sounds difficult, however, there are healthy and smart alternatives we can make. Did you pack a zero-waste lunch today or bike to work? Reducing the amount of waste we use and making greener choices, reduces the overall amount we take our landfill!

  1. Reuse

Is that item you are going to recycle or throw out considered “junk”? Through the eyes of another, it may not be! Think before you throw! Could you donate that item to someone else who needs it? Can you convert the use of those old rusty pots and pans? There are multiple search engines like and the Waste Wizard to get you find places to divert your recyclables.

  1. Recycle

The last step in our Waste Reduction hierarchy is recycling. If you couldn’t rethink it, refuse it, reduce it, reuse it…then recycle it! Loraas Recycle is here to help you put your recyclable waste in the right place!

By working together, we can make our community a cleaner and greener place to live and to pass onto our future generations! By using recycled materials we can save our natural resources. Remember to think smart, recycle smart. For information on what you can recycle in your community, visit the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s website.

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