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Environmental Programs

The King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) has developed a number of environmental programs designed to help guide SWD’s commitment to environmental quality while making SWD and the county more efficient and cost-effective. These programs address a broad range of issues, for example:

Climate Change and Solid Waste

Human activities – from cutting down forests to burning fossil fuels – are causing unprecedented rises in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. These emissions are resulting in increasingly severe changes to the climate system.

Green Building Team

The Green Building Team provides support for and promotes the implementation of the King County Green Building Initiative. The team promotes the use of environmentally friendly building practices in all buildings that the county constructs, remodels and renovates.

Product Stewardship

Product stewardship programs place more responsibility on manufacturers and retailers to design products that can be disassembled for recycling, are less toxic, and can be collected and managed in a way that conserves valuable resources.


The WasteWise program provides assistance to all King County agencies to help them prevent waste, increase recycling and purchase products made with recycled materials.

Climate Change and Solid Waste

Climate Change & Solid Waste

The products and services that we purchase, use and throw away have a significant impact on our climate. Learn more about the connection between your stuff, waste and climate change.

Updated: Mar. 2, 2011

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