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Seattle Recycling – Plastic Bags

New Seattle Recycling Rules

Starting January 1st, 2020 plastic bags and plastic wrap are no longer allowed in the Seattle recycling bin. Recycling processors have had a lot of problems with these items that easily wrap around the machinery causing stoppage and equipment malfunction. Below is some information that pinpoints exactly which items are no longer allowed:

  • Bags – grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags, zip-top type bags
  • Shipping pillows
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic wrap – such as packaging for items like paper towels, or toilet paper
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Thin flexible plastic

How to dispose of these? Well you have a couple options.  You can put them in the garbage, or you can collect (clean and dry) items and take them to a drop off location.  To find your nearest drop off, visit

To learn more about Seattle recycling please visit

December Happenings around Seattle

There are lots of fun activities happening this month, see below for a few ways to spend the time…

The Nutcracker is at McCaw Hall from December 1-28.  For tickets, contact:

Snowflake Lane in Bellevue is from December 1-24.

Friday 12/6 is the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition in downtown Seattle.  Groups gather outside Westlake Center and sing the night away

December 7-8 is the Urban Craft Uprising show at Exhibition Hall.  Learn more here:

On Lucky Friday the 13th, see the Christmas Ship Parade of Boats.  Brightly decorated boats will convene in Lake Union at 7:00pm and begin their promenade westward through the Fremont Cut.

Remember to visit local holiday light displays, especially those in the Olympic Manor Neighborhood in the Crown Hill area of Seattle. Enter at NW 85th St and 23rd Ave NW.

This year the Holiday Fun Run is on December 21st. Time to spread some holiday sweat, and cheer of course! So come out and enjoy one of the many distance runs and a warm holiday beverage at the end too. Based at beautiful Magnuson Park on the shores of Lake Washington for the scenic 5k, 10k and 15k run/walks. 

Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this classic Mid-Century in Olympic Manor

Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this Upper Rainier Beach home…

Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this home in the Ravenna-Bryant area…

Just Sold in Seattle!

Our Buyers just bought this Craftsman home in the Ravenna Neighborhood…

Just Listed in Seattle!

We just listed this completely remodeled Wallingford home…

Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this West Seattle home in the Alki neighborhood….

Jeff on Seniors Matter Radio Show 02/01/19 at 12:30pm

Seniors Matter is a local internet radio program hosted by Brenda Charles-Edwards, on Rainier Avenue Radio.  In the program she talks to local leaders, activists and citizens about issues concerning the lives of senior citizens and their families.  This Friday 2/1/19 at 12:30pm, Jeff Menday will be a featured guest.  Jeff will talk about his passion for helping senior citizens and their loved ones sell an Estate property.  Jeff has helped scores of people throughout the last 25 years and will share some topics of special concern.

To learn more, or listen to live and past shows,  please visit:

Recycling in Seattle 2019

I recently listened to a radio news program on NPR that reported Seattle Public Utilities would like Seattleites to refrain from “wishful recycling.” Wishful recycling is putting something in the recycling bin that you believe looks recyclable and must be recyclable, although you really are not sure.    Wishful recycling makes the sorting process much less efficient.  Also, some recyclers are not accepting our recycling because it is contaminated with too much non-recyclable materials. Well, guilty as charged.  In my endeavor to recycle properly, I thought I would consult the Seattle Public Utilities website for some FAQs on what can and cannot be currently recycled. There are also several links for more info in the FAQs below. I hope this helps you (including me) to do a better job to keep recyclables out of our environment.  Feel free to send me an email if this was helpful.

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about recycling. If you don’t find your item on this page, try using their Lookup Tool. Still have questions? Email  SPU’s Ask Evelyn or follow her on Facebook.

Aluminum foil and pie pans – Clean aluminum foil and food pans can be placed in your recycling cart. Reuse foil whenever possible.

Caps and lids – Lids larger than three inches in diameter can be recycled. Tin can lids must stay hooked to the can and be pushed down inside. Put plastic caps back on plastic bottles for recycling. Loose caps, lids smaller than three inches in diameter, and detached metal lids go in the garbage.

CD cases – CD cases go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Search King County’s Reuse and Recycling website for private recyclers.

Compostable food ware – Compostable food ware cannot go in your recycling cart. Plain uncoated (non-shiny) paper plates and approved Cedar Grove compostable food ware (pdf) is accepted in your food and yard waste cart. All other food ware labeled compostable or biodegradable goes in your garbage.

Computers and electronics – You can request a home pickup for your computer, monitor, or television by calling (206) 684-3000. There is a $20 collection fee. Limit: three items. These materials will be recycled safely. For free recycling drop off for computers, monitors, and TVs, visit E-Cycle Washington or call 1(800) RECYCLE.  For cell phones, stereo systems, VCRs, printers, computer keyboards and mice, use the Take It Back Network to find out where to take them.

Packing materials – Styrofoam “peanuts” and Styrofoam blocks go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Styrofoam can be recycled for free at:  V&G Styro Recycle

Bubble wrap can go in your recycle cart. Bundle it together in a plastic grocery bag and place it in your cart. Bubble envelopes cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage. Reuse these materials at home or some mailing and shipping businesses may accept “peanuts” for reuse (call 1-800-RECYCLE).

Plant pots – Clean plant pots go in your recycling cart.  An alternative is to reuse them for your own plant starts and house plants or check the King County Materials Exchange to find nurseries that may reuse the pots.

Plastic food bags – Produce bags, bread bags, frozen food and Ziploc pouches go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Plastic food bags often contain food residue and moisture that contaminate the rest of the plastic material. An alternative is to reuse them for storing food at home and for shopping.

Plastic shopping, newspaper and dry cleaning bags – They can be placed in your recycling cart. Stuff into one bag for recycling. Do not recycle plastic food bags because of contamination issues. An alternative is to avoid the need for plastic shopping bags by taking your own bags to the store.

Prescription containers – Empty prescription medicine containers go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Cylindrical prescription vials are not recyclable. Find medicine disposal locations.

Shredded paper – Only long shreds (at least 8 ½ inches long and ¼ inch wide) can be recycled. Put them in a clear plastic bag and tie off. Confetti or crosscut shreds cannot be recycled, as they have no useful fibers for recycling. They can also be bagged and placed in the garbage. As an alternative, all shredded paper can be layered in food and yard waste carts with organics.