The responsible use of materials through recycling and using salvaged materials.
During construction there are many opportunities for builders to reduce waste through efficient home design, optimized purchasing & jobsite separation & recovery.
Most builders are unaware that between 60% & 80% of the jobsite waste is recyclable. A jobsite waste management plan will help find the right place for the right recycled item.
EPA's Guide to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Individual consumers can help alleviate America's mounting trash problem by making environmentally aware decisions about everyday things like shopping and caring for the lawn. Like the story that says cats have nine lives, so do many of the items we use every day. Empty cans and jars can be reused to store many items, such as nails or thumbtacks. The baking soda bought to bake a cake also can be used to scrub kitchen counters. The container that began its life as a plastic milk jug can be washed and reused to water plants, create an arts and crafts project, or be transformed into a bird feeder. Eventually, the milk jug can be recycled to create a new plastic product. Reusing products is just one way to cut down on what we throw away. This booklet outlines many practical steps to reduce the amount and toxicity of garbage. These aren't the only steps that can be taken to reduce waste, but they're a good start.