Summertime Adventures in Low-Waste Living

How will you spend your summer vacation? Now that school is out, you can enjoy the freedom of no assignments, deadlines, or early wake-up calls. Whether you’re staying at home, adventuring outdoors, or traveling with your family, remember the four Rs – rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Here are some tips for low- or no-waste…

End-of-School-Year Assignments to Reduce Waste

What can schools do to reduce end-of-school-year waste and improve recycling? Everyone at school – students, staff, faculty, and custodians – has a role. A school green team or environmental club can lead some of the following activities that help a school stay true to its waste reduction commitment. Hold a “zero waste” locker clean-out                                                                             Designate a…

What Do You Know about the Landfill?

Landfills contain the leftovers of our daily lives. Often we don’t realize the impact of our thrown-away items because we see only what’s in our home trash can. We’re a consumer society and many things we buy and use end up in the landfill. In King County, we’re doing a pretty good job of reducing…

What Happens to Your Recyclables?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the recyclables that you put in your collection cart each week after they’re picked up at the curb? Once the trucks drive off, they head to a materials recycling facility or MRF (pronounced “murf”). In King County, your recyclables likely end up at the Cascade Recycling Center in…