The average consumer discards nearly four and a half pounds of waste each day—that's more than three-quarters of a ton per year. You can help reduce this waste by following the three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Learn more about your City's recycling guidelines or how to recycle by visiting your local state and city's website.
Keep electronics out of the trash.
Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
Recycle your cell phone.
Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous
waste collection event.
Bring your own cloth bag to the grocery store.
Petroleum is used to produce the millions of plastic bags consumed each year. Each cloth bag you use has a potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags in its lifetime. Making the simple switch to cloth bags will reduce our nation's oil consumption and lead to a cleaner environment.
Switch to paperless bank statements and online bill paying.
Log on to your bank's website and enroll in their paperless banking program. If every home in the US viewed and paid bills electronically, the country would save 18.5 million trees and avoid 2.2 billion tons of toxic air pollutants. And if you want to reduce the junk mail you receive, remove your name from mailing lists.