Recycling could soon get a little easier

Almost missed this one – city news release from yesterday with future recycling changes, including the end of separation requirements for glass and “everything else” (yay), plus an expansion of the kinds of plastic that can be recycled.

11 Replies to "Recycling could soon get a little easier"

  • Eric February 21, 2008 (4:05 pm)

    This is a great move – and long overdue. I’ve watched my seperated recycling get combined and dumped into the same spot on the truck for months now. The collectors said the trucks don’t always have two bins, so they now just put it all into one.

  • beef February 21, 2008 (4:07 pm)

    yeah. the only downside of this (which they leave out) is that solid waste rates will probably go up between 25-50% to accommodate this plan.

  • MargL February 21, 2008 (6:00 pm)

    I -KNEW- it! They were going on about how putting glass in the regular recycling bin ‘contaminates’ the load then MONTHS ago I saw the workers dump everything in the same spot so I called and asked if we really had to separate the glass out. SPU folks said yes but I’m so glad that’ll be one less Pain in the A## to deal with when recycling.

  • Alki Res. February 21, 2008 (7:29 pm)

    I am glad too! Remember weren’t we going to be fined and no pick up if we didn’t separate the garbage correctly. Maybe the collectors didn’t want to “rumage” through our bagged garbage… looking for evidence of miss filed items.

  • R February 21, 2008 (7:48 pm)

    When oh when will they go to once a week?!?!?!

  • flipjack February 21, 2008 (8:48 pm)

    I doubt they even recycle it..probably goes into the landfill with everything else.

  • Anna February 22, 2008 (6:43 am)

    The link to the story is inactive or defective — can’t read it. Can you tell me when the new rules go into effect?

  • WSB February 22, 2008 (8:59 am)

    Maybe the city server was down? I just looked at it again and it’s fine without any change to the link. Should take you to a City of Seattle webpage.

  • Luckie February 22, 2008 (11:00 am)

    Good news around our house! My mother-in-law moved in with us 18 months ago and she STILL puts glass in the paper/plastic container. (They didn’t have recycling where she came from, and the concept is still new to her.) Now I won’t have to gently remind her any more.

  • Angela February 22, 2008 (12:17 pm)

    Question: Do we recycle the lids that we remove on metal cans? I’ver heard both ways – yes and no. The pamphlets I get in the mail are never really clear on this either.

  • Mary T. February 23, 2008 (1:26 am)

    Yay! We just moved last month from “unincorporated King County” (I think — honestly, we were from out of town so we never knew exactly what it was called, but it wasn’t Renton and it wasn’t Seattle) and it was a lot easier to compost meat and dairy scraps. Of course, by next year I’ll have thoroughly trained myself not to do it. I’ll live!

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