Reduce & Reuse

Wondering what to do with all of your extra stuff? 
Whether you are a business owner or an interested resident, this page serves as a resource for thinking about ways to:
  • Reduce the amount of stuff you don't really need, and 
  • Reuse some of the stuff you were thinking about throwing away. 

Watch this short video about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!



Buried in plastic bags?  When purchasing just a few items, consider telling the cashier you can just hold them in your hands. Or BYOB - bring your own bags! Plastic shopping bags can only be recycled at participating retail stores. Do not recycle in your curbside recycling or drop-off recycling dumpsters. 

Looking for ways to "green" your business?  Reduce unnecessary packaging or offer a packaging return program to your customers. Learn more about business recycling programs here!

Before you buy something new, consider if you already have something that will serve the same purpose. Check thrift stores before buying new. Or check with family, friends, or neighbors to if someone is willing to sell or give you the item you need.

Watch the recorded Know Waste Webinar about reducing food waste. 



Creative reuse extends the useful life of items that would otherwise be thrown away.  Whether it's reusing a glass jar as a container for sugar, transforming an old hat for a homemade costume, crafting a pillowcase from a t-shirt, or using buttons for a classroom art project, many everyday items can be reused and kept out of our landfills. Be creative!
For bigger items, such as kitchenware, furniture and household fixtures, there are many outlets that offer these items an extended life if you no longer have a use for them:  

Goodwill is a not-for-profit donation center and store with several regional locations for lightly-worn clothes, furniture, household items, and automobiles.

Habitat ReStore
Habitat ReStore is a not-for-profit donation center and home improvement store with two Louisville locations for furniture, household accessories, building materials, and appliances.
Nextdoor is the neighborhood hub for trusted exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Look for free items from neighbors and post items to give away for free!
Louisville Freegans - public Facebook group
This is a network used to give away items (instead of them going to the landfill) or even asking for items. All exchanges are free. 
Freecycle provides a local online network that connects people with items to give away to those seeking specific items. All items are free.

Craigslist provides a local online network that connects people with items to give away to those seeking specific items. Items are typically sold at a negotiable price, but some are free. 

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