August 27, 2013
Next step: one less garbage bag a month
Issaquah shoppers are already getting the hang of carrying their own bags into grocery and large retail stores. The plastic bag ban has been in effect for nearly six months. Ready for the next step?
King County is getting in on the action of reducing plastic and other materials in the landfill by encouraging residents to use one less plastic garbage bag a month by recycling more of the basics.
Those basics certainly include plastic, aluminum, glass, tin cans and cardboard, but its time to consider recycling food scraps and food-soiled paper.
King County invites you to take the pledge in its One Less Bag Challenge.
The county will send you a free recycling tool kit that includes 10 compostable bags for food scrap recycling, a spatula to help with hard-to-clean containers and a recycling booklet with a refrigerator magnet.
More important than the tool kit is knowing that one less bag actually can make a difference. According to the county, more than 60 percent of what goes to the landfill could be recycled. Statistics show that if we all reduce our garbage by just one bag a month, we would keep more than 26 million pounds of reusable/recyclable stuff out of the landfill each year.
The real kicker is that you might also reduce your garbage bill. Take the challenge and try!
Start by identifying one new thing you don’t recycle now and begin. Maybe it’s junk mail or the empty cereal box. Anything paper can be recycled. If it’s soiled with food, add it to your yard waste bin to become future compost.
Next, set up a kitchen collection container for the fruit and vegetable trimmings and the dinner plate scraps. Contact your garbage company to find out about food scrap recycling programs.
There’s more to learn and the King County Solid Waste Division is eager to teach. Start with the pledge in the One Less Bag Challenge. Register at your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/one-less-bag.asp.