From the WA. Dept. of Ecology Press Release:
“Washington states recycling rate grew to its highest level ever, reaching 50.7 percent in 2011, according to data reported today by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). This is the first time the recycling rate has topped the 50 percent goal set by a 1989 Washington state law. The latest available national average recycling rate was 34 percent in 2010.
Washington residents continue to recycle more and throw away less. The total amount of municipal waste recycled by state residents increased by more than 186,000 tons in 2011, up 4 percent from 2010. That equals 3.64 pounds per person per day collected for recycling, which is the highest ever measured in Washington, since Ecology began measuring recycling in 1986.”
Ed. Note: A city the size of Yelm should work on ways to reinstate the recycling center at the Public Works facility, which was closed due to what was stated as the need for constant clean-up. If there is a will from the Yelm City Council, there are effective ways this can be done & I am willing to offer several suggestions.