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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Reduce Packaging

Resources to reduce packaging

Some companies, such as Amazon, have taken the initiative to work with manufacturers to reduce packaging waste.

See a list of FAQs on Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging.


Reduce packagingWe typically don't think much about the way a product is packaged. After all, it's the product we're after. If you buy a bottle of soda pop, you want the soda, not the bottle.

According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), of the 66 million tons of solid waste generated by Californians each year, approximately one third is packaging! Aside from being wasteful, packaging often ends up as litter and is harming our environment and oceans.

What you can do to help:

  1. Ask manufacturers to reduce their packaging.
  2. Reduce the amount of packaging you use. For example when preparing your lunch for school or work, use reusable packaging, rather than single-use.
  3. Look for packaging that is made from recycled content.
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