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Retailers offer refills to cut down on packaging waste

POSTED: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 10:25am

UPDATED: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 10:34am

Battina Limaco is pumped about the next phase of recycling: Re-using. She spends her days at Green 11 in San Francisco refilling empty containers with non-toxic products.

"Refill hand soaps, dish soap, cleaning products," she says.

The motto is "Refill, Not Landfill."

"A lot of the shampoos and things you use you maybe use it for a month, you throw it away and buy it again. So this idea, you know, you can bring in any container and just use that old container to buy the same thing over and over again," Limaco explains.

Customer Wendy Becktold says buying bulk is old school, but the refill habit is new.

Keeping laundry detergent stocked just takes a little planning.

"Well, I have two different bottles so when one gets low I bring it in here and they weigh it so if there's a little left it's all right," she says.

Products are sold by the ounce.

The concept is catching on.

Supporters say it's an adjustment anyone can make.

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