Thursday, January 28, 2021

Pre-cycle: Think before you buy

garbage canCan I Pre-Cycle That?

PREvent waste before you reCYCLE. One of the main ways we can prevent waste while working toward wellness goals is through precycling, which includes thinking about purchases and choosing options that generate less waste. Precycling your way through your 2021 health goals is as easy as following these tips:



  • Choose reusable beverage and food containers for hydration and healthy meals/snacks.
  • Try before you buy and check out equipment rental programs if possible. If not, look for gently used fitness equipment, gear, and clothing.
  • Trade in programs. If you’d like to update a fitness tracker or similar device, check to see if trade in programs or refurbished options are available.
  • Resell or donate. Did a fitness activity or gadget turn out not to be your thing? Find friends, neighbors or donation locations for gear, equipment and clothing you no longer need. Always follow the CDC’s Covid-19 protocols.


You don’t have to be an expert to recycle right in 2021. Know before you throw by contacting your hauler or local recycling coordinator for a list of what’s accepted and not accepted in your home recycling bin and for other recycling programs available in your community.

  • Sports Equipment: No sports equipment or gear, whether whole or in pieces, should go in your home recycling bin. There may be organizations or community groups in your area that accept used sports equipment.
  • Food and Beverage Packaging: Beverage concentrate tubes, energy meal packets, meal delivery kit insulation, and many other types of plastic packaging may not be accepted in your local program, so it’s always best to check your local recycling rules.
  • Recyclable- but not at home: Many items like rechargeable batteriesworkout clothingflexible pouches and other film plastics may be recyclable through return-to-retail or other drop-off or mail-in programs, but they do not belong in your home recycling bin and cannot be recycled if placed there.
  • Bottles and tubs: If you do end up purchasing sports drinks in single-use bottles, these types of empty containers are normally accepted in most recycling programs. Empty tubs, for example the tubs that protein powders come in, can likely go in your recycling bin as well but it’s always best to check locally.

Taking even just a few of these simple steps into consideration not only helps with reaching fitness goals but helps the environment along the way – a New Year’s resolution win-win!

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.


6 Responses

  1. Vanessa Banti Vanessa says:

    Great suggestions, but when you follow the link to the actual govt site, maybe a little dated? I am not sure the DEC website existed in 1996 when that first statistic was relevant!

    Also, no one prints anything at work anymore. Or at least they shouldn’t :/… in fact, I don’t know a millennial that owns a printer.

    Good concept, could use a refresh for the 21st century.

  2. Beau Bushor says:

    No more excuses.
    The time has come for each and every one of us to
    ❤️? ❤️☮️
    Don’t purchase it. If you don’t need it.
    Don’t buy it. If it can’t be recycled.♻️
    Show you care by wearing a mask.?

  3. JT says:

    As a consumer, I choose aluminum beverage containers over plastic if possible.
    Aluminum is infinitely recyclable as opposed to plastic. The polymer compounds in plastic break down over time making it less desirable for recycling. The plastic that makes it into the environment breaks down into micro plastics, a new problem we now have.
    I think NYS does a pretty good job of recycling materials with the bottle bill and zero sort. When I was in Florida last year, I noticed they did not have a bottle bill.
    People were tossing both plastic and aluminum beverage containers into the regular trash. This is unfortunate, especially for aluminum because recycling uses much less energy than producing new aluminum.

  4. John McCormick says:

    Now Michigan they have 10 cents deposit on their recycling per bottle or container why doesn’t New York get on board with that there’d be some people picking up stuff along the road for a deposit of $0.10 . Also a benefit for the state coffers the increased deposit money that isn’t redeemed would be just another little addition to the general fund Just saying

    • JT says:


      I agree, a nickel is not enough, 10 cents would work better.
      We are always picking up cans and bottles along our road and taking them in for the deposit. If the Scouts or High School are doing a drive, I will donate them.

  5. Zephyr says:

    Looking around our neighborhood one of the biggest generators of waste are all the Amazon boxes and other packaging that comes with ordering stuff online. One neighbor seems to have a pile of boxes on his front porch every day. On the other hand, maybe it is better to stay home and order stuff than to drive around burning fossil fuel doing your shopping. I’ve wondered the same thing about grocery shopping. Where it is available, is it more sustainable to order groceries and have them delivered than to go get them yourself? How does glass compare to aluminum? For example, beer bottles vs. beer cans? Where I live nobody takes rechargeable batteries within 50 miles, so that is a problem. Also, I have been very disappointed in their performance to the point I’ve mostly given up on them. Some work great, others last one day and are pffft. Even the best ones are pitiful in comparison to ordinary cheap alkaline disposable batteries.

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