Reducing Waste Through Reuse

Reduction of trash is all about making less, using less and reusing things as many times as possible before throwing it in the garbage.There are many reasons to reduce waste, including: 
  • Protection and preservation of resources, like air, fossil fuels and water
  • Saving money on trash disposal and processing. A smaller cart saves you money and helps the earth.

It is also a way to pay less for curbside trash collection!  A smaller cart saves you money each month and helps the earth. Save money on your trash collection fees.  


Donating or Disposing of Reusable Items

If it is good enough to give to a friend, and you wish to donate your item, it will be gratefully accepted at one of the local thrift stores or drop boxes around town.

Before you throw it away, save yourself money and help the environment by using one of the following methods:


Drop Off Your Items 

Below is a list of conveniently located thrift store locations that accept most items in usable condition.

  • Goodwill Industries 5980 Krueger Ln, Oak Park Heights · 651.439.0097
  • Valley Outreach, 1911 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater (Accepts clothing all sizes)

 Drop-boxes, sponsored by various organizations, are located throughout the community. While these drop-boxes are convenient and charitable, they are not usually locally based. Be sure you know where the goods go. Many are transported overseas.


Curbside Donation

Call or go Online to arrange for pick-up. Items are sold by the pound to raise money for the non-profit.


Post Online to Give Away or Sell


Simple Recycling 

Simple Recycling is a curbside collection program in a partnership with the City of Stillwater. This is program allows you to recycle your items on recycling day. Click here, then scroll down to items needing special handling, to learn more about how to use the program.


Click on the links below to read about additional simple strategies for waste reduction to use in your every day life: