Waste Management

What's In Our Trash?

Waste disposal is a critical issue for all communities, as there is no easy way to get rid of garbage other than by reducing the amount of waste generated. In the United States, each person generates about 4.4 pounds of waste per day. That's enough garbage to fill a convoy of trash trucks halfway to the moon each year! The chart below gives an average breakdown of what is found in a typical municipal US landfill.

Image courtesy of US EPA

Manage Your Household Waste


Learn not only how to recycle, but how to reduce and reuse.

Electronics Recycling = "eCycling"

Give your electronics a second chance.

Household Hazardous Waste

Learn about proper storage and disposal of household hazardous waste and how to use non-toxic alternatives to home cleaners.


Use yard and food waste to create a nutrient-rich soil additive.

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