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The EcoConsumer Blog ran from 2007 to 2013. It has been discontinued so that the EcoConsumer program can concentrate on other forms of social media and mainstream media.

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posted by: Tom Watson on Aug. 3, 2013

1) Don't think about it too much. Think more about using less stuff, and reusing, and buying stuff with less packaging, instead of worrying so much about recycling it later.

2) Realize it's not just YOUR job. Manufacturers would like you to think it's all on you, and that if the plastics recycling rate is appallingly low, for example, which it is, then it's all your fault for not doing it right. But it's actually mostly their fault for not making it easier. You can let them know you want more recyclable products and packaging, and less packaging.

3) Don't hurt yourself. I've often drawn blood trying to clean out a can for recycling, or cutting what I thought was unrecyclable plastic off a recyclable plastic container. If preparing something for recycling is too hard and involves sharp objects, it's okay to just put that item in the garbage instead.

4) Enjoy it. I'm talking about recycling collection - putting stuff in the recycling bin at home, or at work or at a restaurant for example. It's fun, it's a wonderful thing, it's helping reduce climate change and pollution, and it's not hard. If it seems hard or confusing in a certain situation, you don't have to do it that one time

5) Set a quiet example. You're not a saint if you recycle, and other people aren't the devil's spawn if they don't. Just quietly recycle (this includes collecting food waste and yard waste for composting) as much as you can, at home and at work. People will see how easy it is, and that it's not a big deal or a pain in the butt, and they'll want to do it too.

You may also contact the King County EcoConsumer program manager online to ask a question or suggest a new blog topic.

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Updated: Oct. 17, 2013


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