At the bottom of a plastic product, you often will see a recycling arrow. The arrow doesn’t mean it’s recyclable, rather it indicates what type of plastic it is. What’s recyclable depends on what county or major city you live in. To find out what goes where Washington State Department of Ecology has some helpful hints to Recycle Right.
Support new laws
At the local level – your city or county – or at the state or federal level, the most lasting impact will be the passage of new laws. In recent years, our coalition led the charge to pass a WA statewide ban on plastic bags, built on the many local ordinances that were supported by community groups across the state. In 2021, we are working on a bill (SB5022) to ban styrofoam, require that customers only receive utensils, straws, condiments and cup lids on request, and establish minimum recycled content for plastic beverage containers. Please see below for more details.