Even better than recycling, the best way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Get the most out of your stuff by making it last longer and buying pre-owned items. Use the following tools and tips to reduce waste.
Reduce & Reuse Map
Find local repair, rental and donation options near you. Use filters to search for options ranging from clothing drop-off sites to shoe repair.
Launch Reduce & Reuse Map
Help us make the map an even better resource. Recommend a business by contacting Dakota County at
Top ways to reduce waste at home
Ask yourself these simple questions when you’re thinking of purchasing an item:
- Do I need this and do I need it now?
- Was it made sustainably?
- Can I rent or borrow this item?
- Can I buy this used?
- How much time and money will I spend maintaining this item?
- Does it have too much packaging?
- What will I do with it when it breaks or I no longer want it?
Repair what you have
Attend a Fix-It Clinic to get free help repairing and mending household items.
Stop junk mail
The average American receives more than 26 pounds of junk mail every year. Find ways to reduce catalog delivery, credit card offers and more using our partner, Hennepin County's
Hold the Mail brochure.
Avoid wasted food
Food we throw out wastes a lot of resources — energy, water, land and money.
Learn how to reduce your food waste at home.
Reuse at The Recycling Zone
Select and take home free products such as paint, stain, automotive products, household cleaners and more.
Stop by during open hours.