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Reducing waste can also save water – Red Bluff Daily News

Did you know that reducing waste also helps conserve water? By following these tips, you can save landfill space in Tehama County and save water at the same time.

Composting food scraps saves you the hassle of rinsing your plate and gives your food waste a purpose. Your plants will thank you.

Recycle your bottles, cans, boxes and papers. Making products from recycled materials requires less water than when using raw materials. It’s a better use than being buried in the landfill. Not sure if something can be recycled? The “What Goes Where” tab on the landfill website has the answer.

Did you know that it takes more water to produce a single plastic water bottle than the amount of water it contains? Instead of buying single-use plastic water bottle packs, opt for a reusable bottle.

The next time you need a new outfit, practice the art of reuse and buy used. It takes hundreds of gallons of water to grow the cotton in just one new t-shirt. Even more staggering, more than 10 million tons of textiles are landfilled in the United States each year. If you outgrow your clothes, donate them to a local thrift store or drop them in the clothing recycling bin at the Tehama County landfill so the cycle of reuse can continue.

When you have a paint project, try the Community Paint Swap at the landfill first. You can find a gallon of slightly used paint to reuse rather than buying a brand new one, which takes 13 gallons of water to make. If the landfill doesn’t have your color and you need to buy a new one, when you’re done, consider donating the leftovers to reuse or recycle. Check our website for drop off locations in the county.

For more information on reducing, reusing and recycling waste in Tehama County, visit or call the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency at (530) 528-1103.