The Friday North route – which includes Wallingford and part of the Green Lake neighborhood – is in first place, but not by much. Our .98% diversion rate is followed closely by Tuesday North with .71%.
See the latest Recycling Challenge Results. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page to view the most recent diversion rate data and chart. This page also shows the boundaries of the Friday North route.
Wallingford residents are doing a great job sorting household waste into recycling and yard/food waste, but we still have six weeks to go in the contest. We need to get additional weight into our recycling and yard waste containers.
How you can help: Rake up old leaves and needles in your yard, sidewalk, in the street along the curb, and around your nearby storm drains. Your sidewalks will be less slippery and you’ll reduce the amount of vegetation gunk that clogs the drains. (The photo above is from N 46th and Interlake.)
Do winter pruning before the end of March and put the cuttings in yard waste.
Get rid of some of the more unusual items that can be recycled in your curbside cart:
- Scrap metal of all kinds. Maximum size 2′ x 2′ x 2′; minimum size 3″ square. Do not recycle metal with plastic, wood or rubber attached. You can recycle metal items such as bicycle parts but not car parts due to grease contamination. Screws, nails, bolts, and keys are too small to recycle.
- Aluminum and tin cans of all sizes, including old cookie and popcorn tins
- Plastic trays, cups, jars, jugs, tubs, and other containers
- Paperback books or magazines that can’t be donated to charity
- Phone books – then opt out of phone book delivery
The Think Green Recycling Challenge runs from October 3, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The neighborhood(s) in the winning Waste Management route will win $50,000 to spend on improvement projects.