Ask Charlie - Recology King County: Maple Valley
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Ask Charlie
Questions about recycling, composting and waste diversion?  Why not Ask Charlie?  Charlie’s been in the recycling biz for quite some time, and enjoys answering questions from all over King County.  Each month, as part of the Recology Beyond Waste Bulletin, Charlie answers a question.  Below is this month’s response!


Francis asks:

Dear Charlie,

Pacific Northwest rain is really getting to me this year.  So much so, that I find myself procrastinating to walk outside and take out the recycling.  I’ve started accumulating my recyclables in a plastic bag and hauling a full weeks worth out to my blue bin at once.  The other day, though, I read something about plastic bags that made me wonder…is my winter ritual still acceptable?


Dear Francis,

Congrats on the new spot!  And thanks for checking in.  The solution to your question is two fold – first, you’ve got cardboard on the outside, and plastic on the inside.  My advice: remove the cardboard portion and toss it in the blue bin (assuming it’s free from excess oil).  If you’re finding that residue oil is making it’s way to the cardboard, toss it into the compost bin instead.  The plastic container will definitely have excess oil.  When you’re finished with a bottle, let it drip upside down for a few minutes to allow for maximum oil removal.  Then, screw the lid back on and toss it in the recycling bin.