Waste Reduction

Waste Not Evanston’s main goal is to support residents, business and institutions in understanding and implementing the 5 R’s Hierarchy:

  • REFUSE what you don’t need
  • REDUCE what you do need
  • REUSE what you have and by using reusables. Fix, buy second hand, swap.
  • REPURPOSE what you have by adding creativity and DIY skills
  • RECYCLE what you can’t Refuse, Reduce, Reuse or Repurpose
  • ROT (COMPOST) inedible food scraps

Ultimately, our goal is that those living and working in Evanston adopt and integrate sustainable practices that reduce our common carbon footprint. We strive to do this through enjoyable and engaging events and practices that benefit the whole community in an equitable way.

How do we do this?

  • Hosting regular meetings. Our subcommittee  is formed by individuals interested or working on  environmental education, recycling, composting, deconstruction and waste prevention initiatives that align with the city’s Climate Action plan
  • Organizing the Evanston Repair Clinic
At Repair Clinics, volunteers with relevant skills and attendees co-repair appliances, bikes, textiles and jewelry, celebrating ingenuity and diverting waste from landfills.
  • Leading workshops, talks and CGE “Green Drinks” Events
  • Attending EEB , D65 Green Teams, SWANCC , Go Green Illinois meetings, among others, to share ideas and work synergies that benefit us all.
  • Communicating regularly with SWANCC
  • Supporting initiatives that have waste prevention and reduction in mind: Sustainevanston , SLURP, Shedd the straw, ESN