Reduce: to make smaller or less in amount

Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery believes the first step to decreasing waste and keeping our planet sustainable is to REDUCE the amount of waste you produce!
According to, “In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash … our individual waste generation of 4.38 pounds per person per day.” That is a lot of waste we produce! Let’s start reducing our waste today.

How can you do this? It’s easy! Here are some ways to reduce:
  • 1. Start at the grocery store: don’t buy individual bags of food (ex: chip bags). Purchase a large bag of chips rather than the small individual sizes. Chip bags are NOT recyclable so buying 1 big bag helps reduce your waste. Put the chips in plastic small bags (like a Ziploc). You can recycle the plastic small bag!
  • 2. Bring your Own! Bring your own cup, bag, water bottle to places you go. Single-use items create a lot of waste so to reduce the amount of waste you produce, bring your own!
  • 3. Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive. According to, the average resident in America receives over 30 pounds of junk mail per year. Register at the Direct Marketing Association: to remove your name from catalogs, magazines and other mail offers.
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