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Waste 2 Resources Program

PREVENTING WASTE

Waste is just what the word implies - wasteful. Households and consumers spend increasing amounts on garbage bills and excess packaging. Local governments spend limited resources on solid waste pick-up, transport and disposal. Studies show recycling and composting create more jobs than landfill disposal or incineration. Reducing exposures to toxic hazardous wastes both at home and at work can prevent health problems. Businesses that reduce waste and hazardous substances usually earn higher profits than companies that do not. Companies that want to compete internationally often need to reduce toxic substances to comply with other nations' laws and regulations.

Waste 2 Resources employs a number of strategies to prevent and reduce waste (including litter) to improve Washington's environment and economy and protect human health.

Beyond Waste - Washington's state plan for managing hazardous and solid waste

Litter - litter laws, litter cleanup programs, statistics, and links to litter-related publications

Waste Prevention - reducing organic materials such as food and yard waste

Green Building - technical assistance and educational resources on sustainable building (environmentally-sound and resource-efficient)

Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) - Washington's largest youth employment program - crews pick up approximately 1,200,000 pounds of litter a year and recycle just under 200,000 pounds of materials

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) - acquiring goods and services that cause the least harm to humans and the environment

Product Stewardship - strategy where everyone involved in a product's design, production, sale and use take responsibility for minimizing its impact to human health and the natural environment