Issaquah resident, a longtime recycler, is a Recycling Superstar

September 29, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

Wayne Elson started recycling cans and bottles 30 years ago — long before recycling became as simple as a trip to the curb.

For efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, the King County Solid Waste Division honored the Issaquah resident as a Recycling Superstar. The contest asked people share the tips and tricks they use to cut the amount of waste sent to the county landfill.

“We knew there were some serious recyclers out there who are really going the extra mile to recycle all they can,” King County Solid Waste Division Project Manager Gerty Coville said in a news release.

In addition to curbside recycling, Elson recycles scrap wood trim into picture frames. He also takes steps to recycle computers and monitors, scrap copper and used motor oil.

Elson donates proceeds from recycled aluminum cans to a water project in Uganda. He also eschews products in packaging that cannot be recycled.

The county honored Elson and four other residents. The superstars received prizes ranging from a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, to tickets to a Sounders FC match.

“The stories they tell really illustrate how easy and fun it can be to recycle more and recycle better at home,” Coville said.

A panel of King County recycling experts judged the entries based on accuracy and level of recycling effort, creativity and detail.

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