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King County EcoConsumer - a natural balance of consuming and conserving
King County EcoConsumer – a natural balance of consuming and conserving  

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Tom Watson’s Bio

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

King County's EcoConsumer

Tom Watson manages the EcoConsumer public outreach program for King County Recycling and Environmental Services, in the Solid Waste Division. As part of this effort, Tom writes the EcoConsumer column for the Seattle Times and appears on local TV including regular EcoConsumer TV segments on the KOMO4 4pm news. He is a frequent radio guest as well, including weekly segments on KOMO Newsradio.

He also writes articles for various online and print publications and is active on social media, especially Twitter, for the EcoConsumer program. Tom has given more than 200 presentations at events or to organizations and businesses, in nearly every corner of King County and beyond.

Joining King County in 1992, Tom has worked on a wide range of projects and research on climate change, waste prevention, packaging, plastics waste, junk mail reduction, natural gardening, reuse, toxics reduction, electronics recycling and greening the home. He also manages King County's Green Holidays public outreach program, and coordinates the National Waste Prevention Coalition.

King County’s Role

King County Solid Waste Division has a multi-pronged approach to environmental protection:

  • Public education, which includes King County EcoConsumer and dozens of other projects and programs.
  • Working with the business sector to encourage them to take responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and services. This is known as product stewardship.
  • Offering collection opportunities for recyclable or reusable items when possible, at our transfer stations or through partnerships.
  • Providing waste disposal services with the highest standards and lowest environmental impact possible.

King County's EcoConsumer project deals with the environmental impacts of our purchasing decisions and daily activities. In addition to the Solid Waste Division, a number of other King County agencies offer programs and resources to help King County residents balance consuming and conserving.

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Updated: Oct. 15, 2014

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