You might notice some new types of trash cans located throughout our Parish buildings. These new cans will help us sort our trash in ways that will increase the amount of trash going to local composting and recycling centers, while reducing the amount of trash going to King County Landfills.
Every time you use these cans, you will be contributing to the Stewardship of Our Common Home, which is planet Earth. Every time you pause to consider which can to use, you are performing a joyful act; an act of Gratitude for our beautiful world!
Our Parish uses Republic Services for waste pickup, so if you have Republic Services at home, the “rules” for sorting are the same. If not, we have posted signs near many of the trash cans to explain what type of trash goes in each can.
COMPOST is food and paper soiled with food, such as coffee filters and paper plates made of only paper. Compost is also used paper towels, which we are collecting in kitchen areas and rest rooms.
RECYCLE is clean paper, Aluminum and metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs, plastic food containers (rinsed clean), and plastic cups. No residual food, which attracts bugs and rodents.
TRASH is everything else. When in doubt, it’s trash.
It is the goal in King County to have 80 percent of total waste to be either COMPOST or RECYCLE. 20 percent is TRASH.
Our parish can reduce its monthly trash bill significantly by reducing the size of our trash dumpster, and you may also be able to save money at home by doing the same thing.
- Think about the amount of trash you generate, and when you are shopping, consider buying things with less packaging waste.
- Also, reuse as much as you can.
If you can downsize your trash can, your savings will really add up.
SAVE THE PLANET/SAVE MONEY TOO!
If you have questions about how to dispose of or minimize waste products generated in your ministry area, please contact Jim Carroll with the Creation Care Team via Andrea in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-893-6684). Thank You!
This message is brought to you by the SJTB Creation Care Team.