This summer let's not be "wishful recyclers"!

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July 25, 2018

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Let's not become "wishful recyclers" ! 

Thank you for recycling! King County residents do a good job of recycling but we need to make some improvements to make sure our recycled materials can be made into new products.  Please make sure that you are selecting the correct materials to go into your recycling cart and properly preparing them for recycling.  

How, here are some tips:

  • Check your hauler website or recycling guide to figure out what is recyclable in your community
  • Don't bag or box recyclables; put recyclables in the bin loose
  • Scrape out food residue 
  • Flatten boxes and do not tie with twine. 

Don't be a wishful recycler. Make sure that you know what can or cannot be recycled. When in doubt it's safer to place it in the trash bin than contaminate the rest of the recycling bin. 

Learning how to best manage your waste, recycling, and composting is essential in supporting programs that reduce plastic waste.  

When in out in town, at work, or traveling:  

  • Bring your own coffee mug or water container at local coffee shops
  • Don't request a straw, or bring your own alternative reusable straw and when possible don't request plastic utensils when at restaurants or drive thru. 
  • Use only the napkins you need, and make sure to compost them after. 
  • Save money and eat healthier, by meal prepping at home and bring your own lunch or snacks.  

Do you know what food you waste the most? Why? 

How often do you buy a loaf of bread or a bunch of bananas only to find yourself tossing half of the loaf or bunch because it's gone bad? Or maybe you've gotten used to throwing out lettuce that's wilted or chips that have gone stale. Figure out what foods you throw away most and why, then determine the best way to waste less: avoid over-buying and make sure you're properly storing your foods.

A good way of making sure that food does not go to waste is to designate an “eat soon” section in your pantry and fridge. This will allow for foods that spoil easily, such as leftovers, fruits and vegetables to be in main sight. Read more about it here.

In need of more tips on how to discover what foods are being wasted the most? Check out our Food Too Good to Waste page .

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Compost more! Take the pledge! 

Just learned you can compost and want to start? Take the Compost More. Waste Less. Pledge. Sign up and you get a free starter tool kit including:

  • 10 free compostable bags to collect your food scraps and soiled paper. 
  • Booklet with do's and don'ts for composting and recycling. 
  • Fruit and vegetable storage guide 
  • Recycling tote bag to help you get your recyclables out to the recycling bin.   


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Community outreach updates!

Check out the Compost More and Food: Too Good to Waste booth at Renton River Days! Learn about composting and food waste prevention, get a free compost bin, compostable bag samples and coupons, enter a raffle to win a set of glass food storage containers, decorate your own Eat Soon sticker, take pictures with Fruit and Veggie characters, and more.

Wastemobile events

The Wastemobile is a mobile facility that travels to communities in King County and sets up in parking lots for three days at a time. Residents can bring their household hazardous waste to the Wastemobile when it is in their community. 

Here are some of this month's Waste Mobile dates & locations

  • July 28th (10:00am - 5:00pm) Auburn Wastemobile - 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn 
  • August 4th (10:00am- 5:00pm) Auburn Wastemobile - 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn

The story of bottled water.

Check out this story on bottled water.  Thousands of water bottles are sold, let’s learn about the history in environmental resources, and production cost of the water bottle. 

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