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Sustainable Living Forum Encourages Recycling

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Research shows that 75% of America's trash can be recycled, but only 25% actually is. Research shows that 75% of America's trash can be recycled, but only 25% actually is.
TRI-CITIES, WA -Recycling starts with people wanting to make that change. Each city has different policies when it comes to making that change happen.

Research shows that 75% of America's trash can be recycled, but only 25% actually is. As part of that sustainability, Gail Everett from the Green Living Program told me that cities will address recycling but only when landfills become an issue.

"Garbage rates go high, landfill space becomes an issue, disposal rates increase as well and citizens rally and demand it" are just some of the ways Everett said recycling will come to the cities attention.

Each of the Tri-Cities has it's own policy on recycling. 

The City of Pasco told me that residents do not have a curbside option. They say the city has considered the topic in the past but the premiums are just too high for the service. They say residents have drop off options through Basin Disposal.

The City of Kennewick has curbside service in their contract with Waste Management. The only thing residents have to sort out is glass. The city recently implemented a plan for used cooking oil, now you can take it to the waste transfer station for disposal..

The City of Richland has a low monthly fee where curbside is an option. There is drop off locations like Kennewick and Pasco too. The City of Richland said it is an easy transition even if you have multiple garbage bins. Turning one of those into a recycling bin can help sustainable efforts.

Everett pleaded to, "Make more of an effort to recycle, they can learn about it, tell their friends, they can grow their recycling program. I even like the fact that if you buy smarter in the grocery store you won't even have that much to recycle in the first place. So shop smart!"

Recycling starts with your garbage but it also can be done with used electronics and other household items. Click here to see more information about drop off locations and sustainability in the Tri-Cities. 
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