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One Less Bag Challenge – Take the Pledge

Make taking out the trash a little easier – take King County’s One Less Bag Challenge. Pledge and find ways to reduce your garbage by one bag a month.

Why One Less Bag? More than 60% of what ends up in our landfill is easily recycled.

Take the pledge, receive a free recycling kit by mail and be entered into a monthly drawing for a stainless steel kitchen food scrap collection container. Kit includes:

metal food recycling container with food scraps
  • 10 compostable bags to get you started with food scrap recycling
  • A washable, reusable tote bag for collecting recyclables – includes a handle on the bottom to easily dump contents into your recycling cart
  • Recycling do’s and don’ts booklet

How we manage the waste we create affects climate change. Learn more

Note: offer valid for King County residents outside the City of Seattle only. King County will only use your address to mail your recycling kit, and only use your email address to follow up with you on how reducing your garbage output is going. King County will never share your information.

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Simple steps to help you waste less

  1. Put food scraps and food-soiled paper in your yard waste cart. Food and yard waste makes up a third of what ends up in the landfill.

    • Sign up for curbside yard waste service, if you don’t already have it. Contact your garbage hauler for details.
    • Begin recycling with veggie and fruit trimmings or the leftovers that got lost in the back of the fridge.
    • Set up a kitchen collection container and make food scrap collection a part of your pre-meal prep and your after-meal clean-up routine.
    • Try these tips to make it clean and easy.
    • Put food-soiled paper such as pizza delivery boxes, dirty paper towels, napkins and uncoated* paper plates in your yard waste cart. You can include your shredded paper.

      *Uncoated paper does not have a shiny surface.

  2. Take a fresh look at the types of plastics and paper that are recyclable in your community and find a new item to start recycling. After food, recyclable paper and plastic are the most common items found in the garbage.

    • Recycling rules change often, so check for the latest rules in your community by finding your garbage hauler and visiting their website.
    • Confused about how to recycle different plastics? Ignore the chasing arrow recycle symbols on containers. Instead, look at shape: plastic tubs, jugs and bottles can all be recycled. This includes things like yogurt containers, liquid detergent bottles and milk jugs.
    • Remember all junk mail, envelopes, catalogs, magazines and food boxes of all shapes, sizes and colors can be recycled.
    • Before recycling, empty and rinse containers as best you can so they can be made into new products. Labels stay on. Lids go in the trash. Flatten cardboard boxes.

  3. Take a waste prevention action. Sign up to reduce your junk mail or choose one disposable item that you typically use, like paper coffee cups, cleaning wipes and plastic bags, and switch to a reusable alternative

    • Bring your reusable bags to the grocery store every time you shop. Put a reminder on your dashboard or at the top of your shopping list.
    • If you use plastic bags, you can recycle them at your local grocery store. They accept clean and dry grocery, produce, dry cleaning and bread bags, as well as the plastic wrap from paper products such as toilet paper.
    • Look at what you buy (external) and select products with recyclable packaging.
    • Learn more about reuse from King County's EcoConsumer.
    • Stop junk mail, phone book and catalog waste through online services such as Catalog Choice (external).

  4. Like Recycle More on Facebook (external).

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Updated: Apr. 19, 2016

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