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Posted on: August 5, 2013

[ARCHIVED] - One Less Bag: Take the Pledge to Recycle More -

Make taking out the trash a little easier — take King County’s One Less Bag Challenge.

Pledge and find ways to reduce your garbage by one bag a month by recycling more basic recyclables, food scraps and food-soiled paper, and reusing and wasting less.

Take the One Less Bag Pledge and receive a free recycling kit. The kit includes 10 compostable bags to get you started with food-scrap recycling, a spatula to help with the hard-to-clean containers like peanut butter jars, and a recycling dos and don’ts booklet with a fridge magnet.

Why One Less Bag? More than 60 percent of what ends up in the landfill is easily recycled. By taking the pledge, you’re helping save valuable resources from going to waste, and you could save money on your garbage bill by shrinking your garbage cart size.

Here are four steps to get you started toward one less bag of garbage:
• Put food scraps and food-soiled paper in your yard waste cart. Food and yard waste makes up a third of what ends up in the landfill.• Discover one new thing that you didn’t know you could recycle and start recycling it.
• Don’t let one piece of paper — even food-soiled paper — hit the garbage can. Learn what goes in the recycling cart and what goes in the yard waste cart.• Choose one disposable item that you typically use — and toss! — at home, and switch to a reusable alternative. Think paper coffee cups, cleaning wipes, or plastic storage containers and shopping bags.

Try these tips to help everyone in the family recycle more basic items, and food scraps and food soiled paper.

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