- everything that we can no longer or could never RE-use.
- all materials the NYC Dept of Sanitation accepts for Recycling (paper, cardboard, metal, waxed cartons, and plastic bottles and jugs).
- other plastics, unusable electronics, dead batteries, and other things the NYC Dept of Sanitation doesn’t REcycle by finding someplace else that will recycle some of these.
- water we use to rinse off organically grown vegetables or "lightly treated" fruit; when I REmember to do this, I rinse over a pot, pour the water into various watering cans, which in winter I use to water house plants and indoor seedlings and the rest of the year, I either use to water the garden or pour into the compost if it needs more moisture. Although we don’t generally have water shortages in NYC, we frequently overburden our sewage system with “waste” water, causing polluted water to overflow into our rivers and estuaries.
- Plastic containers that are not accepted anywhere in NYC for recycling (e.g., most take-out containers) by using them to sort and store: small REcovered hardware supplies such as nails, screws, tacks, nuts, bolts, mollies, etc. as well as miscellaneous REcovered desk supplies such as rubber bands, paper clips, pencils, etc. as seed-starting containers. I also plan to REuse some of them for indoor seed starting.
- older appliances with energy efficient ones; we’ve been doing this but have a few more to go in our tenant apartments.
- older windows and exterior doors with new energy-saving windows and doors; we’ve been doing this, but have a few more to go in our tenant apartments and one in our own; there’s even a tax credit for this now!
- attractive glass bottles with drinking water for the table.
- slightly-used plastic bottles and/or metal refillable bottles whenever we leave the house so we buy little or no more plastic-bottled water.
Stay tuned for more REsolutions and some REmarkable Responses Received already!