Waste is an expensive and often unavoidable result of human activity. It is produced in our homes, offices and factories. How we choose to manage and dispose of waste affects the air, land and water that humans, plants and animals rely on for life. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources works with individuals, schools, businesses, industry and local governments 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 to reduce waste or prevent 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.