Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about recycling.
Aluminum foil and pie pans: Clean aluminum foil and food pans can be placed in your recycling cart. Reuse foil whenever possible.
Caps and lids: Lids and caps larger than three inches in diameter can be recycled. Lids on cans can be left hooked to the can and pushed down inside. Plastic caps and lids smaller than three inches in diameter go in the garbage.
Computers and small appliance and electronics: You can request a home pickup for items less than 60 pounds and no larger than two square feet by calling Republic Services at 425-452-4762.
Packing materials: Styrofoam “peanuts” and Styrofoam blocks go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Blocks, however, can be recycled at Republic Services’ In-City Recycling Drop-off Center at 1600 127th Avenue NE for free. Their hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Plant pots: Clean plant pots go in your recycling cart.
Plastic food bags: Produce bags, bread bags, frozen food and Ziploc pouches go in the garbage. They often contain food residue and moisture that contaminate the rest of the plastic material.
Plastic shopping, newspaper and dry cleaning bags: They can be placed in your recycling cart. Stuff into one bag for recycling. An alternative is to avoid the need for plastic shopping bags by taking your own bags to the store.
Prescription containers: Empty prescription medicine containers go in the garbage. The plastic is too brittle to be re-manufactured into products.
Shredded paper: Put it in a clear plastic bag, tie off, and place in your recycling cart. As an alternative, it can be layered in food and yard waste carts with organics.