How you can help the environment by reusing items

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) — Elmira College held its Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice where students from elementary and high schools around Elmira learned about climate science and ways to keep the environment clean. One of which is keeping items that might be thrown away and reusing them to reduce waste.

“Reuse, repurpose things and reduce. We talk about those three R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle, and people often focus on the recycle component because it’s something that we can do,” said Dr. Trevor Browning, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Elmira College. “If we manage our trash properly, we’re okay, but reducing and reusing are just as important, if not more important, because it makes us conscious about the decisions that we’re making and making them more responsibly toward to help with reducing the impacts of climate change.”

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“Reduce, reusing, recycling is what people pretty much do every day. We break something, you fix it up, it’s fine, good as new or you throw something away and you give it to somebody else,” said Leila Tevlin, junior at Elmira College.

“I think creating places where people can bring their materials, clothes, items that they’re no longer using to places and people can go and use that material,” said Ava Scanna, freshman at Elmira College. “I think it can help with a lot of things. I know a lot of people that don’t have a lot of resources could really benefit from that. When we get rid of our stuff they can come and use it.”

It is recommended to keep and reuse any household items such as clothing, kitchenware and housewares.

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