Zero Waste tips and tricks

Want to help but you don’t know how? Here are some easy tips from our Zero Waste Team members. If you have clever tips, let us know so we can share them. Email pictografix@comcast.net with the subject line “Tips to Reduce Waste.”


  • Just say no to plastic straws.
  • Don’t buy produce wrapped in plastic.
  • Use cloth napkins.


  • Bring your own containers and buy bulk produce at the grocery store.
  • Going out for dinner? Bring your own leftover containers. Or order something that can be easily wrapped in aluminum foil.
  • Dump your trash and yard waste directly into the trash bin. It doesn’t need to be in plastic bags.


  • Going out for coffee? Bring your own reusable cup.
  • Bring your reusable bags when you go shopping.
  • Forgot your bags in the car? Wheel your groceries to the car in the shopping cart.


Learn how to recycle properly – don’t contaminate your neighborhood’s recycling.

  • Don’t put your recyclables in plastic bags.
  • Download the Recycle Coach app from Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department: look for the link at the bottom of the page to download the app for your device. It has complete recycling and solid waste information and schedules for the city of Albuquerque.
Zero Waste tips and tricks