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Why Waste Matters

The materials that we consume and dispose of everyday are all made of finite natural resources. Reducing our consumption, reusing products and recycling waste materials helps to conserve the natural resources associated with producing these products.

Further Reading

To learn more about the world of garbage, recycling and materials management, check out these great resources.

Local Resources

National Resources

  • Waste Management: Service offerings and innovative programs to manage and reduce waste.
  • Thinking Green: Waste Management’s blog dedicated to talking about how WM and our customers are reaching for and attaining sustainable solutions to further environmental goals.
  • Think Green: Educational activities, case studies and classroom tools.
  • EPA Waste Wise: A free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment.
  • EPA Municipal Solid Waste Facts and Figures: The most recent available data on annual US waste generation, recycling, disposal and the benefits of recycling.
  • Earth 911: Largest and most accurate recycling directory in the U.S to help consumers find local recycling information.
  • Solid Waste Association of North America: Resources for solid waste professionals throughout North America with conferences, certifications, publications, and technical training courses.
  • National Recycling Coalition: Tools and resources for community members about the important benefits that recycling provides to our economy and environment.
  • Keep America Beautiful: Educational resources aimed at awareness of waste issues and promotion of sustainable alternatives.

If you have specific questions about waste in your area, contact our customer service