Seattle, King County will stop accepting plastic bags in recycle bins

SEATTLE — Seattle and King County residents were encouraged to find alternative options to dispose of or reuse their plastic bags. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Seattle and King County will no longer accept plastic bags or plastic film in recycling bins. Jeff Gaisford, Recycling and Environmental Services Manager for King County, says of all the tons of recyclables processed at facilities throughout the county, less than one percent of it was plastic bags or plastic film. “The plastic bags get wrapped up in some of the equipment and you can literally see it wrapping up in the equipment as the day goes on,” said Gaisford. “They’re unable to sort those materials effectively.” Gaisford explained the tangled plastic film prevents the processing machine’s screens from filtering out trash and waste. For nearly half the staff at one recycling facility, it was their sole job to get the plastic out. “At least once a day, often twice a day because they need to go in and they literally their employees cutting with box cutters the bags off that equipment,” said Gaisford. To prevent the cluster and save time, Seattle and King County will no longer accept recycle bins with plastic bags inside...

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is all well and good until you need to step into office.

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is all well and good until you need to step into office. Popping into a restaurant for a bite or grabbing a quick takeaway may be easy but can immediately put the brakes on a healthy diet. Instead, bring your own lunch from home. That way, you can customise your meal based on your own likes and dislikes, control the oils and salts in it and save money. Go on and carry your lunch to work in one of these 10 tiffin boxes. The Tupperware Ubercool Lunch Set contains 3 different sized microwave-safe lunch boxes that come with a carry bag. The Magnus Lunch Box has 4 food containers and 1 tumbler made of both, stainless steel and food grade plastic which come with airtight, leak-proof clip-on lids and a bag. The Home Puff Lunch Box is a large vacuum insulated rose gold container set with 3 different sized containers. They are made of stainless steel and provide heat and cold insulation. The Prosmart Lunch Box is a compact plastic tiffin with 3 removable stainless steel compartments and a leak-proof lid to store different food in one box. The Vaya Tyffyn Lunch Box is a vacuum insulated lunch box that holds 3 stainless steel different sized containers whic...