Today at 12:15 we'll start our winter quarter waste sorting. We've got a great crew line up already, but volunteers are still welcome. If you're interested in participating, come by UW Recycling between 12:15 and 4:30 today and suit up with us! If you can't make it today but are interested in participating later in the quarter, please note that our sorting schedule is posted on our calendar and that you are always welcome to contact us for more information.
The event was a success, and we'd like to thank everyone involved, including Burke staff, UWGP volunteers, and all the day's visitors (nearly 800!) at the Burke. We were so busy that we didn't have time to take very many pictures of ourselves or of the event in general, but the Seattle Times has posted a few pictures from the event here. If we can scrounge a few more photos, we'll add them here as well.
Ed. note: Updated with a couple of images from the Burke's Facebook page.
...in some cases, that is. For businesses producing more than one ton of organic waste per week, the law will take effect in July of this year. Similar laws in Connecticut and Vermont are soon to follow.
The rationale for these laws? Economics. It's more cost-effective to compost in most cases, and this is especially true where compostable waste is produced at a high rate. Check out this article in the the excellent magazine The Economist for more details.
If that piques your interest, The Economist also has a wealth of other articles about the economics of waste management in general, including articles about how these issues are affecting Seattle's waste management strategies.