Waste Reduction Tips

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We create a lot of trash. The Twin Cities Metropolitan area alone generates enough trash to fill the old Metrodome 11 times each year. All this trash can have negative effects on our environment.

Reducing the amount of trash we produce and recycling all the items that we can are important ways we can help care for the place that we live.

Reduce Unwanted Mail

The average American receives more than 40 pounds of junk mail every year. While recycling junk mail or unneeded phone books is a great decision, reducing unwanted mail is even better. Remove your name from advertising lists through the Direct Mail Association.

Reduce Toxicity

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste in the basement, garage and in storage closets. Purchase products labeled non-toxic, biodegradable, all-natural and those that contain plant-based ingredients. Save money by making your own Healthy Household Cleaner with common ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.

Take the Trash Out of Lunch

Eliminating disposable packaging and single-serving items in lunches can save families $250 a year. Buy in bulk and use reusable containers to portion out your lunch. Even straws and baggies can be replaced with reusable ones. Find out how to save hundreds of dollars per year by packing waste-free lunches at WasteFreeLunch.org.

Backyard Composting

Composting is an easy way to reduce waste while improving your yard and garden soils. Backyard composting turns organic wastes—grasses, leaves, garden debris and vegetable and fruit scraps—into a nutrient-rich mixture that you can add to your yard or garden. It’s easy to get started

Food Waste Prevention

Food is too good to waste, and small changes can make a difference.  Food is wasted when we buy more than we need, cook too much, store improperly or toss leftovers. Learn how to prevent food waste with Food waste prevention tips