Department of Public Works
Managing Your Waste

Want to do more than just recycle? There are several easy steps you can take to reduce your waste and conserve valuable resources.

Junk Mail / Phone Books

Catalog Choice 

Catalog Choice is a non-profit organization that works on your behalf to process opt-out requests for more than 10,000 catalog/junk mail titles. 

DMA Choice

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is a member organization of direct mailers. The DMAChoice is an online tool for consumers to manage their mail preferences and to opt-out of unwanted junk mail. is the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry's website for consumers to opt-in/opt-out of firm offers for credit and insurance.

Yellow Pages Opt-Out

The National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice and Opt-Out site allows residents to opt-out of the delivery of local directory publications. 


Go Paperless!

  • For the mail you actually want to receive, opt-in to paperless billing and communications when available.
    • This will cut down on both paper consumption and document destruction (shredding). 


Consume less!

  • Don't collect any more grocery bags! Invest in re-usable shopping bags or totes to use when you shop.
  • Buy in bulk! Cut down on packaging by avoiding individually wrapped and single-use items when possible.
    • For perishables, buy only what you need to avoid spoilage. 
  • Durable vs disposable: Use a refillable waterbottle, avoid disposable dinnerware and food storage products (paper plates, styrofoam, etc.).
  • Give products a second life by buying used instead of new. Also, repair or donate used items whenever possible. 


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