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Waste Reduction Tips

You can decrease the amount of waste you send to the landfill by practicing the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


Save your pennies and avoid overconsumption.

  • Only buy things you need or will use often
  • Consider used items from a local buy, sell or swap site before buying brand new
  • Restyling or repurposing clothing that is still wearable 
  • Keep in mind what you need verses what you want
  • Buying items with less packaging – including fruits and vegetables
  • Refuse plastic bags when buying small purchases
  • Buy grocery items in bulk – some stores will let you bring your own containers
  • Use a reusable food cover instead of plastic wrap
  • Avoid single-serving packaged items
  • Go paperless – at home and the office
  • Send party invitations via email, text and social media


Ditch disposable for reusable.

  • Avoid buying disposable items like dust cloths and cleaning wipes
  • Rent or borrow items you will only use occasionally or by buy and share items with friends or family
  • Repair broken items or ‘upcycle’ them!
  • Make party decorations with reusable or recyclable material
  • Pack a waste-free lunch with reusable containers, cutlery and a lunch kit
  • Donate used clothing, toys, furniture and appliances to local charities and non-profit organizations
  • Before you recycle them, try donating used books and magazines to seniors’ homes or doctors and dentist offices 
  • Drink your coffee or water from reusable containers
  • Wrap gifts in reusable materials such as cloth bags, dish towels or receiving blankets


Turn your unwanted waste items into new cool things.

  • In your home, put a second bin for recycling beside your garbage bin for convenient sorting and storage
  • If they cannot be reused, put all acceptable items in your blue cart
  • Learn which items are acceptable at
  • Use Waste Wizard to learn how to dispose of your household items

Let’s all work together to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill.