Waste Reduction

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The typical American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day. That's higher than any other country in the world. All of these items use resources, create pollution and release carbon in their production and transportation to market. Many of them are not reusable or recyclable. The number one way to help the environment is to reduce waste by never purchasing or using these items in the first place.

There are several small things each of us can do every day to reduce our waste.

  • The average American uses more than 150 plastic water bottles a year, choose a reusable metal or glass water bottle to reduce the impact of plastic production and disposal.
  • Choose reusable grocery bags every time you go shopping, or a reusable coffee cup for your morning buzz.
  1. Electronic Devices
  2. fast fashion
  3. Food waste

Consider repairing your devices instead of buying new ones. Repair can be especially helpful as it can extend the lifecycle of devices and reduce consumption meaning less waste and less money spent on having to buy a new product. King County, Zero Waste Washington and Repair Economy all have resources and support for repairing your devices.

If you have electronic devices that need disposal, consider reaching out e-waste recyclers such as Recology or 1GreenPlanet.

Issaquah hosts collection events and repair events several times a year — subscribe to our calendar and keep an eye out for alerts.