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Greener Living

Learn how you can reduce your impact using the tools, articles and infographics below. We’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and we’ll show you how you can as well. 

Articles on Low-Impact Living

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

Advocate for cleaner land, air and water in your community. Explore our resources to help you plan your own community event, or support a local nonprofit working to better the environment.

River Cleanup Guide

Learn how to plan a successful river cleanup with help from eight experienced river protection organizations with our in-depth River Cleanup Guide.

Where Does Our Trash Go?

Learn where all 251 million tons of solid waste produced every year ends up, and discover where your state ranks among the top recyclers. 

Popular Tools for Sustainable Living

Carbon Footprint Calculator

It’s fairly easy to cut back on your carbon output. The first step is to use Budget Dumpster’s carbon calculator to find out how big your footprint is.


No-Waste Office Infographic

Is a Zero Waste Office Possible?

  • Read about the benefits of a zero-waste office.
  • Learn how to create a zero-waste office.
  • Schedule a waste audit for your office.
The Effects of Plastic Bags on the Environment

What Effect Do Plastic Bags Have on the Environment?

  • 100 billion bags disposed of each year.
  • After cigarette butts, bags are 2nd most common type of ocean refuse.
  • It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade.
How Does Trash Get Into the Ocean?

How Does Trash Get Into the Ocean?

  • Trash blows into sewer drains.
  • It travels through sewer pipes.
  • Reaches the ocean.
Off the Grid Across America

Rob Greenfield - Off the Grid Across America

  • Biking 4,700 miles to raise awareness about food waste.
  • 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in the U.S.
  • $165 billion in food waste enters landfills each year.
Trash Facts Infographic

10 Facts About Trash in the United States

  • U.S. generates 250+ million tons of trash.
  • Americans throw away 25 million plastic bottles every hour.
  • Plastic bags take 1,000 years to decompose.
E-Waste Infographic

E-Waste: What You Should Know

  • 52 million computers were thrown away in 2015.
  • 152 million mobile phones were disposed of in 2015.
  • Lead, dioxins, arsenic and mercury are just a few of the elements from e-waste that harm the human body.
the beauty of composting

The Beauty of Composting

  • Start composting today to help the environment.

Local Recycling Guides

Waste and recycling rules vary widely between individual cities and states. That’s why we’ve created a few short guides to help make recycling just a little bit easier. Use the local recycling guides below to learn how and where to recycle a wide variety of trash, junk and debris in some of our major service areas.