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Reuse and Recycle Challenge - Seattle
Help your area win this competition!

Shop smart. Waste less. Recycle more. Tell others.

Here are some tips to reduce your garbage and help your region win the $5,000 Waste Reduction Prize!

Shop Smart

  • Opt out of unwanted junk mail, catalogs and phone books.
  • Buy groceries in bulk quantities, using reusable containers. Think of how many containers you can save by buying bulk rice, dried beans and flour!
  • Plan meals without waste.
  • Visit your local Seattle Public Library for books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs
  • Rent or borrow equipment.
  • To reduce packaging, shop at your local farmers market.
  • Sell items you no longer want and find bargains at consignment shops, garage sales, thrift stores, online exchanges and auctions like eBay and Craig's List.
  • Buy long-lasting durable products that last longer than disposable products.

Waste Less

  • Bring your own reusable bags and containers when you shop.
  • Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying a disposable plastic one and drink coffee from a reusable mug instead of paper cups.
  • Visit the South Seattle Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free hazardous products, including oil-based paint, household cleansers, wood care products, antifreeze and other automotive products.
  • Always think twice before printing. Print double-sided and learn other ways to save paper through the City of Seattle's PaperCuts reduction strategies.

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  • Pack lunches with reusables - Tupperware, bags, and utensils.
  • Donate old magazines to charities, doctor's offices, hospitals, schools or your local gym.

Recycle More

Tell Others

  • Teach your neighbors about this competition by getting involved with outreach challenges in your neighborhood.

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