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 (epa.gov) 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 (epa.gov) 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.