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Waste Prevention

Waste prevention and reuse are just as important as recycling. If you can’t prevent or reuse something, than make sure you recycle it. It saves money and resources when it isn’t created in the first place.


Here are some easy ideas for making less waste.

  • Use both sides of a sheet of paper.
  • Purchase long lasting, durable products.
  • Buy in bulk when possible.
  • Purchase recycled toner cartridges.
  • Reduce the amount of unnecessary packing.
  • Attempt to buy refills as opposed to a new product (for example: liquid soap refills instead of new liquid soap dispensers).
  • Reuse bags, containers, and other items.
  • Borrow, rent, or share equipment or tools used infrequently
  • Sell or donate goods instead of throwing them out


Thrift shops and charitable organizations will generally accept used items in good condition for reuse and resale. Because “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” as the old saying goes, taking your unwanted items to your local charity is a smart idea that can prevent waste and help others in need.

For an extensive resource for donation options, download the Re-Use Guide (PDF) – http://www.recycleworks.org/pdf/reuse_guide.pdf.

Some of the larger organizations include:

Hours of Public Use of Transfer Facility:

  • Monday – Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day.

Hours for Public Recycling Center:

  • Monday – Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Closed on Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day

Maps & Directions


  • Shoreway Environmental Center will be closed December 31, 2023 and January 1, 2024 and reopen January 2, 2024