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Weekly Tips | December 23, 2013

Santa Packs It In! (But How to Pack Out?)


Whether you've been naughty or nice this holiday season, chances are St. Nick will have delivered. What to do with all of Kringle's extra packaging and downgraded electronics? Follow these simple tips to send the North Pole's wrappings packing!

StyrofoamTM

StyrofoamTM comes in several forms, including blocks, food containers, and packing peanuts. King County maintains a list of places to recycle or reuse StyrofoamTM (select business or residence and click search). The CleanScapes Store in Issaquah accepts StyrofoamTM blocks from customers for free. Styro Recycle in Renton recycles StyrofoamTM, including peanuts, at their facility. They also accept bubble wrap and stretch film

Residents of Issaquah, Des Moines, and Carnation each have curbside StyrofoamTM collection services. Refer to your specific city for program guidelines.

Boxes

Cardboard boxes used to wrap presents are recyclable in your curbside cart; however, why not save this useful resource for the next holiday or birthday? Not only will this help you reduce your waste impact this season, but you will have more wrapping options next time, too!

Electronics

This holiday season if you upgrade your older electronics to newer versions, be sure to dispose of unwanted electronics properly. 

Interconnection takes electronics for free and guarantees that the hard drive will be destroyed. These electronics are then given to schools, low-income families, libraries and non-profit organizations worldwide. In fact, Interconnection has given over 1,100 electronics to non-profits in the United States, while shipping more than 35,000 computers internationally. There are several drop-off locations for electronics, including the CleanScapes Store in Issaquah. 

For more options on how to get rid of electronics with little to no costs, here is a list of service providers around King County.

Resources: InterConnection | Interconnection drop off locations | Take it Back Network | King County "What do I do with?" | Styro Recycle
 

The Big Picture

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated approximately 250 million tons of waste in 2011. While 34% of this was recycled and composted, the rest – 163 million tons - was buried in landfills nationwide.

Sources: US EPA 2010 MSW Report

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