Reduce is first in the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle hierarchy. Reducing what you buy and reusing what you have will save more natural resources, create less pollution, and consume less energy than recycling alone.
Americans are huge consumers of material goods. Some say that with our consumption comes industry and prosperity. However, if everyone on earth consumed food and material goods at the same rate as Americans, we would need four earths worth of natural resources to sustain that consumption.
When you do need to make a purchase, one option is to visit a thrift store and purchase used products instead of new. Clark County has many thrift stores selling household items, furniture, and clothing. Many thrift shops also accept your gently used donations. Click on the map below to find one near you!
Clark County is looking for daring households to compete in a waste reduction competition, Wastebusters! Check out how to apply, and peruse last year's competition, which featured 6 families in spring 2012 vying for the title of Top Wastebuster. You'll also find helpful waste-less resources as well as Wastebuster Challenges to help you on your trashless path.