2 November

Thanks (for using less)

In November we show our care for others by being thankful and sharing our bounty with others. This month's activity sheet is full of ways to show your care for the environment by using resources more efficiently. Make it a year round habit to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activities

Hint: You can use these activities as ideas for the “Choose your own” activity on the activity sheet if you would like.

Just say No to gifts and packaging you don't need

With the giving season right around the corner, think about how you can say NO to unnecessary resource use. You can 1) Buy items with LITTLE PACKAGING, 2) Buy LOCAL, 3) Buy only things that will bring you joy - and not end up in the trash!

Help yourself to seconds - and cut down on food waste!

Show you care for the environment this Thanksgiving by just putting a regular amount on food on your plate instead of piling it up high. You can go back for seconds if you’re still hungry. This way the food you don't take can be eaten by others and won’t be wasted. Have a dinner conversation with your family about other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle this Thanksgiving.

Every day can be a Recycling Extravaganza

The City of Falls Church is pleased to announce that almost all the recycling offered at an Extravaganza is now offered every day of the year!  The long-running Extravaganza has made a tremendous impact over the years - thousands of residents served and hundreds of thousands of pounds diverted from the waste stream.  But the greatest development of all may be the expansion of community-wide recycling options.  It is now easier than ever to recycle a long list of items. Explore how you can Recycle YEAR-ROUND here.

Generosity Harvest

Growing food at home is a great way to reduce the resources used to get food from farms to homes. If you have just harvested a crop at home and now have a glut (more of a food than your family can use or store) talk to your parents about giving the excess to neighbors or a local food bank instead of composting it or throwing it away. Not only will you be reducing waste but you will be building community with your generosity.