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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Congratulate Seattle, Not the Whole Fucking State

Posted by on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Seattle Times:

Congratulations, Washington residents. For the first time ever, you are recycling more stuff than you are throwing away.

That’s the word today from Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant, reporting that in 2011, state residents recycled 50.7 percent of their solid waste. It’s the first time a yearly result has topped the 50 percent goal set in a 1989 state law.

What is this reporter talking about? Why is he thanking everybody? He should know, as we in the heart of the city know, that without Seattle, the politics of this state would be as thick as two planks.

UPDATE: I have to give props to Spokane. I'm not going to hate.

 

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Maybe congratulations to Bellingham, too. We recycle a lot and even have a once a month pick-up option for garbage, as some of us recycle/compost enough that we don't come close to filling the can even monthly.
Posted by Beth on December 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 2
i always see bellingham as a neighborhood of seattle.
Posted by Charles Mudede on December 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
TVDinner 3
Ahem.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM · Report this
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What Beth said. Seriously. Us Bellinghamsters banned plastic bags, recycle like mad and win crazy awards for our green building projects.
Posted by rileysweeney on December 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
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Republicans HATE recycling. They buy extra things at stores SPECIFICALLY to THROW AWAY the packaging material in the GARBAGE.
Posted by cliche on December 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
well_now 6
On the other hand, we can specifically NOT thank Pullman/WSU. They don't recycle.
Posted by well_now on December 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM · Report this
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once-a-month garbage makes so much more sense. we still have once-a-week and it's maddening! the recycling fills up SO much faster than the garbage, and recycling is every other week!
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on December 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM · Report this
rob! 8
With the help of worm composting, a busy North Carolina airport reduces trash by 70 percent:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12…
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on December 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM · Report this
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Recycling is better than not recycling, but it is only the first step. We went from completely insane waste to possibly moderate but still unsustainable waste.

Remember: I could go grab a stack of newspapers (The Stranger, perhaps), throw them in my recycling bin and increase my recycling to trash ratio.

We shouldn't congratulate ourselves that we have a higher recycling rate than the slobs in Pullman. Seattle's overall consumption rate is still orders of magnitude unsustainable. We can use less, use it smarter, think more long-term and still have a high quality of life. We've won the recycling battle, time to move on to the next thing.
Posted by ScruffyBallardMan on December 20, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
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If you think of Bellingham as a neighborhood of Seattle, then I sincerely doubt you have spent any real time in Bellingham.
Posted by Dahlielah on December 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM · Report this
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interesting comment charles. while i do agree that seattle and like minded west-o-the-cascades towns (olympia, bellingham, etc.) probably bear the lions share of tipping statewide recycling rates to where they are now, i really don't think us v. them comments help in these situations. i just changed careers after spending the past 5 years in the recycling/waste management realm in seattle but worked with plenty of solid waste program managers/haulers/regulators from the east side of the state and can confidently say that many of them are doing a terrific job. seattle's had curbside recycling for almost 25 years now and we still can't quite reach our 60% diversion goal. at least in the us, recycling has always been a slow process and probably always will be (though i certainly don't hope that), and there is a lot of red tape for X community to overcome and infrastructure to get put in place in order for recycling to be as easy & comprehensive it is for many of us on the westside. seattle and other municipalities work closely with spokane, tri-cities, yakima, & others to help them implement successful, cutting edge programs. and in the grand scheme of things, those towns are doing far better than most other places in the US. so, i guess the point of my rant is that the stranger consider a little more holistic and inclusive of an angle on this issue instead of a competitive, "we're the better recyclers and deserve the praise!" take. washington is all of our state, and despite significant political differences, we're working together across aisles to get a lot of amazing shit done (great recycling, gay marriage, pot legalization) and transcend status quos.
Posted by captain underpants on December 20, 2012 at 9:04 AM · Report this
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also, scruffyballardman is right on with the real issue at hand here.
Posted by captain underpants on December 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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It's sad that the comments are better than the post 9 times out of 10 on the Stranger
Posted by flan on December 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
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@3 ftw.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on December 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 15
@11, completely agree with you. seattle should be doing much more. much, much more.
Posted by Charles Mudede on December 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 16
13, i can't see why that is sad or bad news. do you go to a party for the host or the people at the party?
Posted by Charles Mudede on December 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 17
@7

Maddening is exactly the right word. It's worse than Hitler times the black death.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on December 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 18
BTW, FWIW, Spokane just got a real recycling program in October: most any kind of paper, any type of numbered plastic. Up till then, the only plastics they would take were type 1 and clear type 2 only -- if you tried to recycle a white Tropicana type 2 bottle, they'd leave it -- and the only types of paper were newspaper, magazines, and corrugated cardboard (no mail, no cereal boxes).

Now that it's changed, we definitely put more in the recycling bin than in the garbage bin.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on December 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM · Report this
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17

Hitler was homosexual.
Posted by and the Black death was really grey... on December 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 20
My sister used to live near Fort Lewis, and they didn't even have recycling. Blew my mind.
Posted by keshmeshi on December 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
TVDinner 21
@18: I spent the five years that I lived there fishing stuff out of the recycling bin that my Seattle-trained spouse kept putting in there. He just couldn't wrap his head around how crappy the recycling program actually was.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this
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@ Charles Mudede, why must you always be so divisive? Quit trying to start fights between places. North Seattle has architecture too!
Posted by ourkind on December 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM · Report this

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