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What's in our Garbage?

King County has set an ambitious course to achieve Zero Waste of Resources (ZWR) by the year 2030. This means that discarded materials that have value will not be managed as waste, but rather as resources that can be reused or recycled. Much of what we throw away still has value.

Over half of what we throw away is recyclable:

What happens to my recyclables?

Materials collected for recycling in King County become new products, many of them manufactured locally. This 10-minute video shows how the recycling loop works: from collection to remanufacture to new product.

Related Information

  • King County’s Zero Waste program is a guiding principle for all waste reduction and recycling programs.
  • Recycle More. It's Easy To Do. Although most King County residents say they participate in their curbside recycling program, more than half of what ends up in the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is readily recyclable.
  • Recycle Food. It's Easy To Do. Food scraps and food soiled paper break down into compost, a soil amendment that enriches soil and improves plant health.

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Updated: Jun. 11, 2009

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