Waste is an expensive and often unavoidable result of human activity. It occurs in our homes, offices and factories. Waste, and how we choose to manage and dispose it, affects Missouri's air, water and land that humans, plants and animals rely on for life. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources works with individuals, businesses, industry, governments and schools to make sure they know how to safely collect, handle, store and dispose of both their solid and hazardous wastes.

Of course, the ultimate goal is reducing waste or preventing waste and pollution in the first place. The three R's — reduce, reuse and recycle — help you, your community and businesses save money and the environment. Not only does it save valuable landfill space and natural resources, but it helps the state's economy by generating profit and supporting thousands of jobs.