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Waste Prevention
The Waste Prevention Program is your resource for achieving greater waste prevention and recycling at home and at work.

Waste Prevention
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Waste prevention means avoiding creating waste to begin with. Simply, it is the "reduce and reuse" part of the waste hierarchy and can help Flagstaff residents and businesses save money by avoiding the purchase of new products, as well as the cost of recycling and disposing of items you have already purchased.  It is important to reuse the items you already own and "reduce" by doing things like unsubscribing from mailing lists in order to minimize the junk mail you receive. To learn more about how to prevent waste, check out our Be Resourceful webpage.

Food Waste
One of the biggest components of the materials that end up in our landfill is food waste. In fact, 40% of all food purchased in the U.S. is never eaten and most of that occurs at the household level. Besides taking up space in our landfills, when we waste food, we can never get back the time, energy, money, and natural resources that went into producing, transporting, and purchasing our food. 

Thankfully its pretty easy to start reducing the amount of money spend of food you never eat and our food waste webpage is full of tips, tools, and strategies for getting there.

Recycling provides great benefits to the community including minimizing the use of natural resources, saving money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more. Whether you are a Flagstaff resident or business owner, you can find information about recycling services that are offered, what can and cannot be recycled in Flagstaff, as well as opportunities to learn more about the recycling process at our recycling webpage

For any of your organic kitchen and garden waste you need to dispose of, composting is a great option that reduces the amount of garbage you produce and can then be used a food for plants mulch in a garden in your backyard or elsewhere in the community. For more information on compost services, places you can drop off your food scraps, how to compost in your own backyard, check out our 
composting webpage.