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Green Snohomish member Emily Collins is presenting about the two R’s- Reduce and Reuse at the Washington State Recycling Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show, which takes place on May 24th and 25th.

She will discuss the small changes that can be taught to communities that make a big difference. Learn about the challenges, exciting visions, and realistic steps to getting us all on board for a more reusable future.

The presentation slides are available.

Gardening

Members of Green Snohomish, Stacie and Brian Douglas, were lucky enough to be asked to give a presentation on sustainable gardening at the Snohomish 101 workshop series, on April 15th, 2021.

The presentation slides are available now.

Composting

Food waste

Reducing food waste is one of the most important ways we can fight climate change. 30% to 40% of all food goes to waste in the United States. In 2010, that equalled 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food. Food is the single largest category of material placed in landfills in the United States. Landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 % of these emissions in 2017. The average American family of four throws out $1,500 in food per year.

Sources: 
https://www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste/why
https://www.rubicon.com/blog/food-waste-facts/
https://drawdown.org/solutions/reduced-food-waste.

Curbside composting guidelines

If you have a curbside yard waste bin pickup service, the allowable items may differ based on the facility doing the composting.

For most of Snohomish and north King County, Cedar Grove is the facility composting the yard waste bins. Find what items they can successfully compost and what to avoid.

Other resources:

https://www.wmnorthwest.com/nkingcounty/yardwaste.html

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/solid-waste/garbage-recycling/compost-right.aspx