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about reducing waste

What does reducing waste mean?

When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don't have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later. Changing your habits is the key — think about ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play. There's a ton of ways for you to reduce waste, save yourself some time and money, and be good to the Earth at the same time.

*At school
*Office paper
*At the office
*By composting
*In the yard
*When shopping
*Toxics at home
*Junk mail
*While traveling
*At home
*At the holidays


1 ton of waste per year

Did you know? Each Minnesotan creates over 2000 pounds of garbage every year.


Take the pledgeTake the pledge

Show your support for reducing trash and conserving resources. Take the pledge to reduce waste. Go!


Reducing our footprint

The MPCA is working to roll themes and stories on waste reduction into our main web site and closing down reduce.org.

We want to serve our customers better and highlight what the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is doing these days.


Painless paper cuts

Paper-lessAmericans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12-foot high wall stretching from New York to San Francisco—that's 10,000 or so sheets per person!

Use our Paper-less Toolkit to break down that wall and make a positive impact on the bottom line and the environment.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency



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