Living Responsibly

Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials.
  • Saves energy.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations.
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

Resources for recycling, composting and more.

Be a responsible consumer:

  • Shop for products made with recycled materials.
  • Buy items with less packaging.
  • Buy refillable, reusable containers.
  • Use reusable cloth or canvas bags when shopping.
  • Buy only what you need or will use (including food).
  • Shop for foods with sustainable palm oil and the Green Palm logo.greenpalm
  • Shop for foods and products with the Rainforest Alliance logo.rainforestalliance
  • Follow Sea Food Watch recommendations for sea food consumption.seafoodwatch
  • Drink shade grown coffee.birdfriendly
  • Shop for certified Organic food products whenever possible.usda
  • Purchase locally made and locally grown products whenever possible.

Live responsibly everyday:

  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and reusable batteries.
  • Reuse or re-purpose products at home, like plastic bags.
  • Compost your food scraps and yard waste.
  • Try upgrading used electronic devices to keep them longer before donating or recycling.
  • Add weather seals to windows and doors to make your home more energy efficient.
  • Ride a bike or walk whenever possible.
  • Unplug electronic devices that aren’t in use.
  • Plant only native flowers and plants in your garden.
  • Grow your own vegetables and herbs.
  • Put up bird, bat, and bee houses.
  • Use refillable water bottles.

Be a responsible wood and paper consumer.

  • Use recycled household and office paper products (examples: paper towels, bathroom tissue, notebooks, stationary, and printer paper).
  • Recycle paper and cardboard.
  • Print on both sides of paper.
  • Take your name off paper mailing lists and stop junk mail.
    • To stop receiving most junk mail and cut down on paper production, visit DMA Mail Preference Service or write to: Mail Preference Service
      Direct Marketing Assoc.
      PO Box 643
      Carmel, NY 10512

How are we impacting the environment every day?  Find out more and make a difference.

Every year Lubee Bat Conservancy recycles approximately

  • 600 Pounds of cardboard
  • 300 Pounds of plastic and aluminum
  • 150 Pounds of glass
  • 600 Pounds of paper
  • Numerous batteries and ink cartridges
Your actions CAN make a difference for animals and the environment.
If you live in Alachua County and want more information on recycling locations or curbside pickup Click Here.