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Ask Charlie | June 09, 2009

Q: Which plastics can be recycled these days? - SHORELINE


A: Dear Eve,

It's not about the numbers! I wish I could answer this question with a simple recycle-by-number chart, but unfortunately plastic recycling requires a bit more scrutiny.

The number on your plastic product describes the plastic composition of your item but does not indicate whether the plastic can be recycled into a new product. Misleading? A little.

It's a plastic world out there, so before you throw your arms up and your plastics in the garbage, here are some guidelines for plastic recycling in Shoreline:


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tags: shoreline  recycling  plastic 

Ask Charlie | June 09, 2009

Q: Which plastics can be recycled these days? - SEATTLE


A: Dear Eve,

It's not about the numbers! I wish I could answer this question with a simple recycle-by-number chart, but unfortunately plastic recycling requires a bit more scrutiny.

The number on your plastic product describes the plastic composition of your item but does not indicate whether the plastic can be recycled into a new product. Misleading? A little.


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tags: recycling  plastic  seattle 

Ask Charlie | May 08, 2009

Q: How can I quickly reduce my paper consumption?


A: Dear Betsy,

Reducing paper consumption is one of the most effective ways to save energy and natural resources. Paper accounted for 33% of the American waste stream in 2007, and though paper products are largely recyclable, the pulp and paper production industry is one of the primary consumers of energy and water in America. Better to reduce than recycle.


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tags: waste reduction  paper  seattle  shoreline 

Ask Charlie | April 30, 2009

Q: What is the new e-cycle law in Washington State? Can I really recycle electronics for free?


A: Dear Christopher,

Washington State now has a network of free drop-off locations for unwanted electronics. This service began January 1, 2009, thanks to a Washington State law passed in 2006 that puts the onus on electronics manufacturers to pay for recycling costs associated with their products. 


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tags: recycling  e-cycle  electronics  seattle  shoreline 

Ask Charlie | March 28, 2009

Q: How do I dispose of shredded paper?


A: Dear Sarah,

There are actually two separate questions bundled into this larger question:

  1. What is the most environmentally sound end use for shredded paper?

  2. How do we get to the correct end use with curbside pickup?


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tags: paper  recycling  composting  seattle  shoreline 

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