You Can Help Reduce Waste

Help reduce waste today!

We can all make a positive impact on our environment, even if our efforts are small.  Below are some simple things that the EPA believes we can all do to help reduce waste.

Help Reduce Waste

In Stores:

  • Shop for products made with recycled materials.
  • Buy items with less packaging.
  • Buy refillable, reusable containers.
  • Avoid plastic bags. Bring reusable cloth or canvas bags to the grocery store. 
  • Buy only what you need or what you know you will use. (applies to food as well)

At Home:

  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and rechargeable batteries.
  • Reuse plastic bags if you have them.
  • Ask to be removed from paper mailing lists, like credit offers.
  • Don’t throw anything away that can be reused or repaired.
  • For unwanted, used electronics, try upgrading the device to continue using it. Otherwise, donate or recycle it.
  • Print on both sides of paper and use recycled paper.
  • Compost your food scraps, yard waste, and paper.

Visit EPA.gov/recycle for more information and ways we can make a difference.

We have made a lot of progress reducing waste in communities across the country.  Let’s keep moving forward!

Solid Waste Progress Infographic

 

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