Solid Waste 

Prevent Solid Waste from Entering the Waste Stream

o       Source reduction involves altering the design, manufacture, or use of products and
         materials to reduce the amount and toxicity of what gets thrown away.

o       Recycling ( diverts items, such as paper, glass, plastic, and metals from
         the waste stream.  These materials are sorted, collected and processed and then
         manufactured, sold and bought as new products.

o       Composting ( decomposes organic waste, such as food scraps
         and yard trimmings, with microorganisms (mainly bacteria
         and fungi) a humus-like substance.

Tips for Reducing Solid Waste


  • Reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging.
  • Adopt practices that reduce waste toxicity.


  • Consider reusable products.

  • Maintain and repair Durable products.

  • Reuse bags, containers and other items.

  • Borrow, rent or share items used infrequently.

  • Sell or donate goods instead of throwing them out. 


  • Choose recyclable products and containers and recycle them.

  • Select products made from recycled materials.

  • Compost yard trimmings and some food scraps. 
  • Educate others on source reduction and recycling practices.  Make your preferences known to manufacturers, merchants and community leaders.
  • Be creative; find new ways to reduce waste quantity and toxicity.