Outstanding recyclers needed for Recycling Superstar contest

August 15, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2010

King County needs a hero — a Recycling Superstar, to be exact.

Starting Monday, the county Solid Waste Division asks residents to submit stories about how well they recycling as part of the inaugural Recycling Superstar contest.

Click here to enter a description of stellar recycling habits for a chance to win one of prizes, including Seattle Sounders FC tickets, a Victoria Clipper trip, a getaway to Friday Harbor or a night at the Roosevelt Hotel in Seattle. The top five entrants will win prizes.

Entrants can submit video or photos alongside the description. Entries must be received by Sept. 14. The contest is open only to King County residents outside of Seattle.

Entries will be judged by a panel of local recycling experts based on accuracy and level of recycling effort, creativity and detail. Local merchants donated the prizes.

Most King County residents participate in a curbside recycling program, more than half of what ends up in Cedar Hills Regional Landfill south of Issaquah could be recycled instead. For instance, food scraps and food-soiled paper make up more than a-third of residential garbage. Both items can be placed in the yard waste cart for recycling.

“We know there are many residents out there who really go the extra mile to recycle all they can,” Solid Waste Division Project Manager Gerty Coville said in a news release. “We want to highlight these efforts so others can see how to recycle more and recycle better at home. Many people don’t realize that by recycling more, you can often reduce the size of your garbage can and your garbage bill.”

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