Waste Prevention at Home

Recycling and composting are great. But not creating waste in the first place is even better! To save money and do the greatest good for the planet, prevent waste first.

Learn why waste prevention matters. Visit the options below to learn more about how you can prevent waste at home.

You can prevent waste by:

  • buying and using less
  • buying products that last longer
  • buying used and with less packaging
  • choosing to repair and reuse
  • sharing, donating, and re-selling items so others can use them
  • making your own compost to use in your home garden

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