According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the three R's of conservation are reduce, reuse and recycle. These three R's are different ways to cut down on waste.
The first R, reduce, means to buy durable items, in bulk if possible. The less that is purchased to be thrown away, the better.
The second R, reuse, means to find alternative uses for the item in question.
Lastly the third R, recycle, means to toss those glass, paper and plastic items in the nearest recycling bin to be made into something new. Buying items that are made from recycled goods is another smart idea for waste reduction.