Remember the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The first two Rs - also called source reduction - includes reusing or donating items, buying in bulk, and reducing packaging. Below are tips and resources for how you can prevent waste in your home.
Reuse DC is the District's hub for learning where to repair, donate, and shop second-hand household items. Search the online directory, explore how to exchange items with your neighbors, learn about the importance of food recovery, and more! Visit Reuse DC to learn more.
Stop food waste before it begins with these tips for using the food you have, shopping wisely, and keeping food fresh longer.
Food Donation & Recovery
Your food waste could provide wholesome food for families in need. For food donation and recovery options and resources, please visit Reuse DC’s Food Recovery page.
Extending the life of items by repairing or refurbishing keeps them out of the waste stream. Visit here for the repair directory.
Donating unwanted items keeps them out of the waste stream. Local non-profit organizations redistribute donated items to support residents. Visit here for a directory of donation opportunities in and around the District.
Shop Resale - Second-hand, Thrift, and Consignment
Purchasing pre-owned goods at second-hand, thrift and consignment shops rather than new ones is another way to reduce waste. Visit here for a directory of resale stores in and around the District.
Reuse and Refill at Home
The path to zero waste begins at the point of purchase. Focusing on buying reusable and refillable items at your grocery and household supply stores will help you avoid bringing items into your home that would add to your waste stream.
Reduce Yard Waste
"Grasscycling" is the act of leaving your grass clippings on the lawn after you have mowed, resulting in a healthier lawn that saves you time and money. Learn More.