Waste Reduction

Waste prevention also known as source reduction, means using less material to get a job done. Waste prevention methods help create less waste in the first place-before recycling. If organizations take a good look at their recycling collection data, they are likely to see ways to reduce waste first through waste prevention, thereby decreasing purchasing costs and the amount of material that must be managed for recycling.
Waste is lost raw material, lost product, lost resource, lost profit. Generating significant amounts of waste is not sustainable for today's society. Nearly everything we do leaves behind some waste. In the United States, as well as in the rest of the world, accelerating pressures on natural resources, the impact of new technologies on resource use, increasing waste generation, and the need for more sustainable approaches to using natural resources represent new challenges to our society.
Waste prevention offers the greatest environmental benefits and provides substantial cost savings.

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Donate and Exchange
  • Recycle