Solid Waste Management Program

The Three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Tips on reducing waste and conserving resources.
The three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle - all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy.

Plus, the three R's save land and money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills. Siting a new landfill has become difficult and more expensive due to environmental regulations and public opposition.

Missouri has a goal of reducing the amount of waste going into landfills by 40 percent. Everyone can help meet this goal and save natural resources, energy, and money by following the three R's.


The best way to manage waste is to not produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and being aware of a few guidelines:

It makes economic and environmental sense to reuse products. Sometimes it takes creativity:

Recycling is a series of steps that takes a used material and processes, remanufactures, and sells it as a new product. Begin recycling at home and at work:

For more information on reducing, reusing, or recycling, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Management Program. Call toll-free number and ask for the solid waste management program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401.