When we moved to a rural area, we had to start hauling our own trash to the landfill, and paying a fee by the barrel.
I have become much more conscious of packaging-- buying very little in anything that can't be reused or recycled. I use my own grocery bags, recycle any plastic, cardboard, metal cans. etc. (Buying fresh fruits and vegetables -- and having a garden in the summer, does away with a lot of packaging.)
A filter pitcher has replaced most plastic bottles -- others go to the recycle center.
We have cut back on meat and avoid styrofoam trays by going to the meat counter that wraps selections in paper. Buying large cuts of meat and whole chickens saves on cooking and can be divided up for multiple meals.
With keeping hens-- I don't buy as many eggs. When I do, I get them in paper cartons which are great fireplace starters.
Anything organic goes to the compost pile and the chickens.
Most of this was initially done to avoid the dump fees-- but after you have visited a county landfill a few times, it also makes you
feel good that you are not adding so much to the huge trash tidal wave.
We use a woodstove for most heating instead of using propane and electricity for the heater. Most of the wood comes from old trees on our property.