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New campaign and webpage spread the message of how to ‘Recycle Right’

Summary

The Responsible Recycling Task Force in King County is starting a “Recycle Right” campaign to help inform the public about the importance of recycling right in response to recent changes in recycling markets. Additionally, King County has created a new webpage specifically devoted to showing how to recycle right.

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Responding to rules China has put in place restricting the types of collected recyclables that can be sent there for processing, King County and a coalition of cities, solid waste management companies, and others are exploring ways to ensure the long-term strength of regional recycling. 

China’s recent policy changes is causing disruption to international recycling markets for mixed paper, mixed plastics and other materials. The policy prompted the formation of the “Responsible Recycling Task Force” in King County to develop a concerted regional response to China’s rule changes.  

Most recently, the Responsible Recycling Task Force began a “Recycle Right” campaign to help people be as effective as possible when recycling. The campaign is being conducted through King County, city partner, stakeholder, and Task Force member social media channels.  

“Our region is a leader in recycling, but we can do better,” said King County Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin. “This campaign will help us ensure customers, constituents, and residents have consistent and uniformed messaging on how these small, easy actions can make their recycling efforts as impactful as possible.”  

The campaign outlines best ways to recycle right, including: 
Make sure your recycling is empty, clean, and dry before putting it in the recycling bin
When in doubt, find out – check your city or recycling collection company’s guidelines on which materials are recyclable and which are garbage 
Always recycle empty, clean, and dry plastic bottles, tubs, and jugs; paper; glass bottles and jars; metal cans; and cardboard 

In addition to the campaign, King County created a “Recycle Right” webpage that includes details on finding your local recycling collection company, the importance of recycling, how to prevent waste, and other recycling-related information. 

“This information is more important than ever, because by recycling right each one of us can make a real difference toward improving our environment,” McLaughlin said.  

King County operates eight transfer stations, two drop-boxes, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and many programs to help customers recycle. Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at kingcounty.gov/solidwaste.