Reducing Your Waste
There are many ways that you as a consumer can reduce the amount of garbage you generate. Many of them are not difficult and do not cost extra money—in fact, they may even save you money.
Reduce & Reuse
- Buy concentrates, returnables, economy-sized containers, or products in bulk whenever possible
- Buy only what you need
- Buy products without excessive packaging
- Buy non-hazardous alternatives whenever possible
- Opt out of receiving unsolicited phone books by visiting www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org
- Consider checking out the Hennepin County Free Product Center for re-shelfed latex paints and stains, cleaners, adhesives, etc. Search the Hennepin County Free Product Center.
- Avoid single-use, throw-away products
- Use cloth napkins or dishcloths instead of paper towels and paper napkins
- Reuse paper bags or use reusable bags when shopping
- Use reusable containers for packing lunches and storing leftover food
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Buy durable, repairable, long lasting items
- Borrow, rent, or share things you use infrequently
- Give or get free reusable items online through the Twin Cities Free Market
At 11%, a significant portion of all garbage is food waste. Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic materials and can greatly reduce what we landfill and incinerate.