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Make taking out the trash a little easier – take King County’s One Less Bag Challenge. Take the pledge, get a FREE recycling kit and find ways to reduce your garbage by one bag a month by recycling, reusing more and wasting less.
Why One Less Bag? More than half of what ends up in King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is easily recycled. By taking the challenge, you can help save valuable resources from going to waste and save money on your garbage bill by shrinking your garbage cart size.
Here are some tips to help you drop one bag of garbage a month:
1. Discover one new thing that you didn’t know you could recycle and start recycling it. Check the recycling rules in your community by finding out which garbage hauler serves you and then visit their website for a list you can post at home.
2. Put food scraps and food-soiled paper in your yard waste cart. Begin with your veggie and fruit trimmings or those leftovers that got lost in the back of the fridge. Then move onto meats, fish and poultry scraps and bones, plate scrapings, egg shells and coffee grounds. You can make food scrap recycling a part of your pre-meal prep and after-meal cleanup routine. Learn more at kingcounty.gov/recyclemore
3. Don’t let one piece of paper hit the garbage can. Remember all junk mail, envelopes, catalogs, magazines, office and craft paper of all shapes, sizes and colors can go in your recycling cart. Food-soiled paper such as dirty paper napkins, paper towels, and pizza delivery boxes go in your yard waste cart. Learn which types of paper go in the recycling cart and which go in the yard waste cart, and reduce junk mail at its source.
4. Choose one disposable item that you typically use (and usually toss!) at home and switch to a reusable alternative. For example: paper coffee cups, cleaning wipes, plastic storage containers and shopping bags can all be substituted with a reusable alternative. Recycling is great but stopping waste at the source is even better! Learn more.
King County residents that take the One Less Bag Pledge on King County’s website, will be sent a free kit that includes a spatula for hard-to-clean recyclable containers, a recycling guide with fridge magnet and 10 compostable bags for food scrap and food-soiled paper recycling. Offer valid for King County residents outside the City of Seattle only.
FREE recycling kit; Offer valid for King County residents outside the City of Seattle only.