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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

City Inside/Out episode about the plastic bag ban (30 min).

Seattle continues to strengthen its recycling programs and reduce waste. Learn more about how you can help.

Reduce

Avoid waste, save money, and protect our planet:

  • Reduce paper waste by stopping unwanted junk mail and phone books.
  • Print double-sided and learn other ways to save paper.
  • Bring your own reusable bags, containers, and coffee mug when you shop.
  • Rent equipment or share items via lending libraries.

Reuse

Reusing products cuts your disposal costs and supports a significant local economy.

  • Sell items you no longer want and find bargains at consignment shops, garage sales, thrift stores, online exchanges and auctions like eBay and Craig’s List.
  • Buy salvaged building materials and architectural pieces.
  • Rather than buy new hazardous products like bleach or car polish, get products that other King County residents have brought to the South Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Availability of free products varies, but may include: oil-based paint, household cleansers, wood care products, antifreeze and other automotive products. You will need to sign a release form before receiving any materials.
  • Many organizations can use items you no longer want. Do you have materials for sewing or art projects? Old towels, blankets, or sheets for pet shelters or vets? See Resources to Reduce & Reuse.

Related links

Building Material Salvage and Recycling - A Client Assistance Memo (CAM) describing approaches to salvage and reuse of valuable building materials
Green Home Remodel: Salvage & Reuse - A guide providing step-by-step directions on how to increase salvage and reuse on your building project.
Special Items that can be recycled or disposed of at transfer stations but not in home recycling or garbage
Climate Action Now