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Recycling Rates

Recycling service is free to Seattle residents.

Seattle recycles about 60% of municipal solid waste (MSW) and aims to recycle 70% by 2025.

Recycling:

  • protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness
  • reduces the need for landfills and incineration
  • prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials
  • saves energy
  • decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change
  • conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • helps sustain the environment for future generations