Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Solid Waste Management
Lindsay Carille, Deputy Commissioner




Household hazardous waste collection at DCRR




Household hazardous waste collection at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency


Dutchess County estimates indicate that over 600 tons of garbage is generated in the County every day. One of the best ways to control the amount of garbage we need to incinerate or landfill, is to reduce the total amount of garbage.

What are some ways we can reduce the amount of garbage?

  • Remove your name from credit card mailing lists. Help save a forest by requesting to Opt Out. You can opt out by calling 888-5OPT OUT (888-567-8688) to exclude your name from credit reporting agency lists for unsolicited credit and insurance offers.
  • To remove your name from some direct-mail solicitations you can register online at or write to:  Direct Marketing Association P.O. Box 9009 Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008. To remove your name from catalog, phone book and other direct mail lists you can register online at

    You can also contact the companies that have sent you unwanted mail and tell them to remove your name from their mailing lists. Many of them have toll-free numbers.

  • Don’t sign up for information you do not really want.
  • Give preference to products packaged in containers that can be recycled.
  • Use china or reusable plates, cutlery, glasses, and coffee mugs, even at work.
  • Bring reusable bags whenever you shop. It takes months to hundreds of years for plastic bags to break down in a landfill. Many stores even offer a credit for each reusable bag you use.
  • Only print what you really need to and double-side as much as possible.
  • Start composting your food and yard waste. Organic waste recycling helps divert waste from landfill sites and incinerators and creates a nutrient-rich end product that replenishes tired soils.

    Some helpful information sources about composting:

    1. Cornell Cooperative Extension
    2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    3. Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency

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