Good for the planet. Good for your home.
In most areas of the Pacific Northwest, Waste Management provides you with recycling and compost collection at your home.
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Or, for more details on your compost or recycling service, visit your city or county page.
Check out the tips to help you recycle, compost, and reduce your waste.
When you recycle, you help to save energy, reduce water pollution, reduce water consumption, preserve natural resources, and create jobs.
When you compost yard or food waste, you help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve soil quality, reduce the need for chemicals and fertilizers, and save water.
- Determine materials to recycle. Perform a waste audit (inventory the kinds of materials in your garbage). Commonly recycled items include paper, newspaper, cardboard, metal cans, plastic containers and glass bottles.
- Make recycling convenient. Ensure that recycling is as convenient as throwing materials away throughout your house. Place recycling bins next to garbage cans in the kitchen, home office, garage and anywhere else recyclable materials are generated. Use a collection method that's convenient for you. Paper bags or cardboard boxes work well, but make sure you place recyclables loose in the cart at your curb.
- Get everyone in your household involved. Educate all household members about what can and can't be recycled and that everyone is participating. Post recycling guidelines on your fridge or in an area where they can be easily referenced.
- Clean containers. Don't let a messy peanut butter or jam jar find its way into the garbage. Soak hard-to-clean containers to make rinsing easier.
- Set Goals. Once you've identified items that are commonly found in the garbage, set goals to recycle these items or make different purchasing decisions. By purchasing materials that are durable and have minimal packaging, you can reduce the waste your household generates.
Composting food waste tips
- Collect food scraps from the kitchen in an empty yogurt container, Tupperware, bucket, or any container with a tight fitting lid. Some cities provide food scrap collection pails to residents.
- Store your kitchen container under the sink, or on the counter. Ensure that the container is at least as easy to access as your garbage container.
- Keep your kitchen container and roll cart clean by lining your container with newspaper or a paper bag. You may include newspaper and paper bags in your compost.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle tips
Reducing, reusing, and recycling waste is not only better for the planet it can also be fun and save you money.
- Buy products in bulk to avoid unnecessary packaging.
- Refill your bags instead of getting new ones each time.
- Choose reusable containers like mugs, water bottles and bags. Store extra containers in your car or at your desk so you will be prepared.
- Select durable products when making new purchases. Look for high-quality products that are easy to repair.
- Rent, borrow, or share infrequently used items such as trailers, power tools, ladders, and lawn equipment.
- Buy locally produced items to reduce the amount of natural resources needed for shipping, packaging, and transportation.
Before you buy, use, or discard an item, ask yourself:
- Reduce: can I buy this product with less packaging?
- Reuse: can I or someone else use this again?
- Recycle: can I recycle this after I use it?
- Buy recycled: can I get this item with recycled content?