Instead of kicking something to the curb, use it for a different purpose. The second R in the popular reduce, reuse, recycle phrase is reduce. First and foremost, you should always try to reduce your waste and consumption. And then it’s important to focus on reusing before recycling. Repurposing the woods from that old chest of drawers, or painting a bookshelf to give it new life is always preferable to recycling. Think of it as a fun project that will not only save you money but will help reduce the amount of energy and water that goes into recycling.