Learn how you can make a difference.
PROGRESS ON OUR GOALS
Materials that go into a landfill are wasted resources. Solid waste (garbage) often needs to be shipped long distances, creating air pollution and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Waste in landfills also releases pollution from methane gases and can pollute our water. Tracking how much solid waste we produce and throw away helps to understand how well we are protecting natural resources.
Food Too Good to Waste
Americans waste about 25% of all food and drinks we buy, to the tune of $130 every single month. When we throw away food, we also waste all the water, energy, and fuel used to produce, package, and transport food from the farm to our plates. Uneaten food accounts for 23% of all methane pollution in the United States. We can all make a big difference for our grocery budgets and the environment, including climate change, by wasting less food.
Solid waste not only takes up space in landfills, it represents a failure in not using natural resources as efficiently as possible.
Recology Reuse Store
The Shoreline Recology Store opened in April 2017 to provide recycling, interactive education, retail products made from recycled materials, and customer service for residents and businesses that want to change their service, pay their bill, and address other service needs. Learn more about reusing goods and products at local second-hand stores in the City’s Where To Take It brochure updated in 2017.
Since the City contract provides recycling at no additional cost with solid waste collection, businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of recycling used materials, rather than throwing them away. Learn what you can recycle in your curbside cart and at local drop-off locations.
Shoreline's policies help find new life for old buildings
Builders currently put to beneficial use about 67% of the construction and demolition waste generated in King County, but we can do more. Since 2013, Shoreline has required builders to submit a plan for diverting their construction or demolition waste before they can receive a permit and to submit a report after project completion in order to undergo inspection. This policy helps advance waste reduction goals set by King County.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Plan your meals, reduce food waste
There are many easy fixes for throwing too much food (and money!) into the garbage. Use smart shopping lists that identify how much food you need (and already have), store fresh food in the fridge once it is ripe, and build your shopping lists around planned meals. Access meal planning resources, food storage tips and recipes for using leftovers at savethefood.com.
Support a local shared economy
Participate in collaborative consumption projects like tool libraries and car-sharing networks. Get to know your neighbors while reducing waste! Participate in projects that share resources and talents within the community. Examples include the West Seattle Tool Library, Turo, and SWEL (Shoreline, Woodway, Edmonds, and Lake Forest Park) Timebank.
Reduce your use of single-use disposable items
- Carry reusable water bottles and coffee cups
- Choose reusable shopping and fruit/vegetable bags
- Use cloth napkins
- Switch to reusable containers, such as silicone snack bags and mason jars, to store food
- Skip the straw when dining out or carry your own reusable straw
- Sign the City's Skip the Straw pledge as an individual or business
- Carry your own reusable utensil set
Make art from waste!
Recology provides recycling and composting services to the Shoreline community. Through its Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, the company provides King County artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a studio space at the Recology recycling facility to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.