One significant way that everyone can contribute to environmental conservation is through waste reduction. This can be done by all waste generators, from big companies to small households. By reducing waste, the amount and toxicity of waste that is generated will similarly be reduced. By reducing waste at the source, we can also reduce the amount that must be transported to and processed at our waste management facilities, thus saving the residents of Westchester County and local municipalities thousands of tax dollars.

Waste reduction requires changes in the way that products are designed, manufactured, purchased and used. Source reduction is proven to be the most effective waste management strategy. We provide suggestions on how households, institutions and businesses can start changing their habits of disposing waste and shift to new ways that can reduce waste creation.

We encourage you to read and act on these suggestions.