A Waste Less Community

REFUSE

REDUCE

REUSE

REPAIR

REPURPOSE

RECYCLE

ROT

Through our collective efforts in waste reduction, we have learned that waste prevention is the key.

Here we compiled some easy options for you to save the environment and money.

It all starts with...REFUSE

Say "NO, thank you" to "free" single-use straws, shopping bags, extra packaging, and swag you don't need.

Nothing is "free" when resources have been exploited to make it.

Would you like to post a tip on how to avoid plastics or other waste in everyday life?

Email us at lpsgreenteams@gmail.com

REDUCE

Choose products with little to no packaging and those made with recycled materials.

Buying the largest available container (without wasting what's inside!) also uses much less packaging.

Bar soaps are cheaper, last longer, and use 40 times less packaging material than liquid soap. This we have tried and absolutely loved.

Visit Cleenland in Cambridge and purchase all your cleaning supplies without nasty plastics!

After a different brand's shampoo bar left the hair tangled and greasy, we are thrilled to discover that Ethique shampoo bar and conditioner bar work perfectly! Curious but unsure? You can order a hair sampler pack (like we did).

Why pay for water and plastic containers? Buy powder-form dishwasher and laundry detergent packaged in cartons. And save $$$.

REUSE


Bring your own shopping bag, lunch box, reusable utensil, or coffee mug; host parties with reusable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins.


Plaine Products: All natural, toxin-free, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free, color safe shampoo and conditioner in a returnable, refillable, reusable aluminum bottle. Enter code LEXINGTONGREENTEAMS for 20% off and earn 10% for LPS Green Teams! Why not?

LoopStore.com by TerraCycle - "Circular shopping" groceries in reusable containers. We just received our first order! "Delish" was the verdict from our kids (admittedly for the the gummy bear and icecream).

REPAIR

Get a favorite pair of shoes repaired, sharpen a knife, get your phone fixed...

Cell phone repairs:

Best Buy

Burlington Mall


REPURPOSE

You know the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure". There are plenty of people out there that can use something you are done with, or that may have something you are looking for, so you don't have to buy new.

ROT

Compost kitchen waste, used napkins, paper towels, soiled pizza box, and more - Send them to farmland to grow more food.

Visit our page on ROT.

To join our fabulous Green Teams -

At Elementary Schools: Bowman Bridge Estabrook Fiske Harrington Hastings

At Middle Schools: Clarke Diamond

LHS Green Team

RECYCLE

A last resort to recover the materials that are at the end of its life.

Water Conservation - Rain Barrel Program

Lexington DPW is combining forces with the Lexington Girl Scouts as part of a community service program to encourage residents to purchase Rain Barrels as part of an ongoing conservation program. Rain Barrels lower municipal water demands and save energy at water treatment facilities by reducing water pollution and storm water runoff. Using rain barrels to collect water from your roof will conserve municipal water supply and cut household water bills up to 40%. Rain Water is free, has chemicals such as chlorine or fluoride, making it an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens.

Lexington has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel to offer rain barrels at the low cost of $79, 33% off the retail price of $119. The barrel can be easily attached to your downspout. To purchase please visit www.tgarb.com and click on “Shop Local Programs” in the lower left side bar, then click on your town. Please check back in March 2020 for the 2020 program!