By now, you are likely familiar with the 3 R’s of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But do you know about the other R in waste reduction? Choosing to repair slightly broken or damaged items is just one other way to decrease the amount of trash that ends up in our landfills. Repairing items is becoming more popular with DIY shows and websites like Pinterest that give easy-to-follow instructions to repair many household items. It is easy to see why more people are choosing to repair their items once you know the benefits of it. Here are just a few of the benefits when you choose to repair:
- Keeps items out of landfills– Choosing to repair slightly broken or damaged items, instead of replacing them, keeps items that still have a useable life out of landfills. Often times, just a quick fix can extend the life of household items.
- Saves energy– Repairing an item, rather than replacing it, saves energy (and resources) that would be required to make something new. Even if an item can be recycled, such as a refrigerator or computer, energy is still saved by choosing to repair.
- Saves money– For some items, it is less expensive to fix them than to replace them. If a fix isn’t too difficult, you can likely find a how-to online and fix the item yourself, leaving you to only pay for materials. When deciding to either repair or replace an item, most experts say to use the 50-percent rule: if the repair cost is estimated to be 50 percent or less than the amount you paid for the item, it is usually better to repair it.
Many of you have used our recycling database WasteFreeSD.org to find locations to recycle or properly dispose of household hazardous waste. In order to step up our waste reduction efforts, I Love A Clean San Diego is introducing a new repair database to WasteFreeSD.org. With this addition, residents will be able to search for a repair shop near them, shops that service anything from a refrigerator to a surfboard. If you have a unique repair business that you would like added to our database, feel free to shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to add it.
Don’t forget to check out WasteFreeSD.org for your recycling and repair needs!