Encourage Seattle to Require More Recycling from Businesses


Target: Seattle City Council

Goal: Pass legislation requiring businesses to recycle tin, aluminum, plastic and glass along with the cardboard and paper they already recycle.

As of right now, commercial customers in Seattle are only required to recycle cardboard and paper. However, since the year 2005, residential customers have been required to also recycle aluminum, tin, plastic and glass. Recently, Councilwoman Jean Godden began asking why the bigger clients were required to recycle less than private households. After all, they produce much more waste than a single private household does, and the benefits reaped from recycling their products would have a great impact on the environment. Councilwoman Godden recently introduced legislation that if passed, will hold businesses and residences to the same standard.

At current rates, private residences in Seattle are able to recycle about 71% of their trash, while businesses recycle 61%. If people can and are willing to successfully recycle at home, why not at work? In addition to building towards a more green city and doing something that is healthier for the environment, businesses will actually save money if they recycle more of their waste. In Seattle, it actually costs more to pay to haul away trash than it does recycling products. The city is stating that per month, they will provide ‘a free recycling pick-up for two 95 gallon containers.’ Placing these items in recycling bins instead of trash bins would then effectively save businesses money. Latest estimates show that small businesses could save around $186 per month by recycling the extra goods, and a medium one could save up to $784. Saving money just to recycle instead of throwing waste away is a great deal.

Of course at first, training employees to choose products and recycle correctly can take some work, but after that, it is just savings in the bank and positive benefits for the environment. This seems like the only negative effect. Please sign this petition to show your support for Councilwoman Jean Godden, and show the City of Seattle that you believe that recycling more materials should be encouraged to make our world a greener place.


Dear Councilwoman Jean Godden & The Seattle City Council,

Seattle is a beautiful, environmentally sound city but it can always be made greener.  Councilwoman Jean Godden’s latest proposed legislation is an excellent one that could bring Seattle’s recycling rates up much higher. Proposing that commercial businesses be required to recycle aluminum, tin, glass and plastic along with cardboard and paper is an excellent proposal. Residences have been recycling all of these goods since 2005, and businesses should follow suit.

After all, businesses create much more waste than private households do, yet they are currently required to recycle less. It has been shown that residences recycle about 71% of wastes, while businesses recycle about 61%. With this new law, we could substantially reduce the amount of waste being thrown into the garbage. It can be assumed that if such a high number of residents are recycling in their homes, it should be relatively easy to make the change and also recycle at work. With a proper amount of awareness, the city’s residents will easily fall into place with the new law.

Please consider this excellent new law, as it will help keep our city beautiful for many years to come.


[Your Name Here]

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