Reduce Waste

Reducing waste is an easy way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Purchase products made of recycled materials or take a moment to keep recyclables out of the trash. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to consistently recycle paper, bottles and cans, electronic waste (e-waste) batteries, and toner cartridges.

Our recycling efforts save the County of Ventura more than $200,000 per year!

Community Actions

Recycle It!

The County makes it easy to recycle paper, cans, plastic (1-7), bottles, and glass at home. All recyclables can be mixed together and will be separated at the recycling center. Refer to your refuse company guidelines below for more details.

Reduce Junk Mail

Just say no to unwanted mail. The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year - about 560 pieces that are usually made from virgin trees. Stop junk mail and help the environment by reducing deforestation, the consumption of other resources used to produce paper, and carbon emissions. Below are a few links that make it simple to stop junk mail.

Kick the Bottled Water Habit

Are you still buying bottled water? This is an easy place to make a difference. According to Food & Water Watch, bottled water is often not safer than tap water. Consider putting a filter on your tap if you are concerned about taste. In the long run you'll save money and help the planet.

Learn to Compost

Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 27 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Instead of sending food and yard waste to the landfill, transform it into useful and environmentally beneficial compost. Composting decreases the energy required to transport and process yard clippings, reducing our carbon footprint.

Green Your Paper Products

Are you still purchasing virgin paper (paper with no recycled content) for the home office, kitchen, and bathroom? Phase out the use of virgin paper and buy a minimum standard of 30 percent post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled content for paper products - if you can, stretch and purchase only 100 percent recycled content. Choosing recycled paper has a multitude of environmental benefits, including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in the protection of biodiversity and native forests.

Recycle Electronic Waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) includes old computers, electronic equipment, mobile phones, television sets, and refrigerators. As it breaks down, e-waste emits toxic compounds that are hazardous to the environment and must be disposed of properly. The County of Ventura offers an E-Waste Collection Program that accepts electronics for recycling from homes.