Waste Prevention

New Waste Prevention & Reuse Campaigns

Reduce What You Use

Don’t Buy Trash
Every year, the average American buys 440 pounds of packaging...then just throws it away! Buy products with less packaging (like bulk items, larger sizes and concentrated liquids) and fill smaller, reusable containers.

Think Local First
Buying local goods is almost always a waste saver.

Stop Junk Mail
Almost half of all junk mail is never even opened! If you want to stop your name from being sold to large mailing list companies, contact to the following companies: 

Mail Preference Service or Direct Marketing Association

MetroMail Corporation 
List Maintenance
901 West Bond 
Lincoln, Nebraska   68521 

ADVO A major direct mailer will remove your name from their lists.
Fill out the form and mail it to them.

To stop receiving credit card offers in the mail;
call 1-888-5 OPT OUT (1-888-567-8688)
One call reaches these agencies: Equifax, Trans Union, Experian, and Innovis

To reduce unwanted catalog mailings; send full name, including middle initial, and your current address to:
PO Box 1478
Broomfield, CO  80038
- or -

Businesses looking to reduce their unwanted mail can find helpful steps at the National Waste Prevention Coalition and StopJunkMail.org.

Borrow Or Rent
Do you really need to own something you hardly ever use? Ask a friend, or look in the Yellow Pages under Rentals. And don’t forget Douglas County’s great libraries for books, magazines, audio and video tapes. 

Use Both Sides
Why trash (or even recycle) a piece of paper if only one side’s been used? The flip side is perfect for scrap paper. 

Bag And Re-bag
The best grocery bags are reusable ones you bring with you. Some stores even give you a discount of $.02-.05 per reused bag. 

Choose Recycled
Products and packaging too. More post-consumer content means fewer raw materials were used and more energy was saved. But look closely. Products labeled as "recyclable" aren’t necessarily recycled. 

Get Into The Trash-less Habit
Start small. (Every little bit helps and you can build from there.) Share handy hints with others. Think before you toss.

Reuse What You Can

Pass It On
Used doesn't mean useless. Call your Douglas County Waste Manager for a list of folks who can give your old computer or plastic packaging & peanuts new life.

Have something you think someone else can use?  Check out our Materials Exchange.

Use Your Imagination
Before you recycle or trash something, think... "Can I use it again for the same thing or maybe for something else?

Make It Last
Maintain and repair products instead of replacing them. Newer isn't necessarily better.

Charge It
Americans buy and trash 2 billion batteries a year. The solution? No, not pink bunnies. Rechargeables! 

Refill It
Choose reuseables over disposables. And reuse disposables if you can. Companies can reload single-use cameras and printer cartridges and they're cheaper.

Stuff It
Used jars, tubs, buckets, cans and bags make great containers. And, used cardboard boxes and plastic peanuts are ready-made for your own shipments. 

Give It Away
Your "trash" could be someone else's treasure, Donate used books, clothing, furniture, house wares, hardware, bikes and appliances. Or, have a yard sale! 

Rip It Up
If your used clothes are too worn to give away, tear them up for rags. And use other scrap materials for crafts and kid's projects. 

Used Building Materials
The sites listed below will accept and sell used building materials 

Get Old
When a used product will do, why buy new?  Buy USED and save money$$ at . .

3490 Highway 99 South,
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays

Accepts and sells most building materials in retail warehouse location.  Donations of materials are tax-deductible. Proceeds go to Umpqua Community Development Corporation's first-time, low-income home buyer program. They also offer deconstruction services.

Other Waste Prevention Links

DEQ Waste Reduction Strategies
Yellow Pages Opt Out
Call 2 Recycle
Rechargeable Battery and Cellphone Recycling Locations
Wheels For Wishes
Cars To Cure Breast Cancer
Materials Management in Oregon


And when you've Reduced and Reused as much as you can, it's finally time to....