Waste Management Northwest, Washington’s largest waste service provider, has sent out a dozen interns to make a few thousand housecalls in the Seeattle area to help promote recycling best practices. Waste Management recruits interns to match the demographics of its customer base, including finding Spanish speakers for areas with high numbers of Latino residents.
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Lang said the Puget Sound’s 12 interns have played an important role in gathering data about how different communities handle recycling.
“Yes we’re there to educate, but we’re also learning a great deal,” said Lang. “And we are applying these learnings everywhere urban density is on the rise.”
In the Puget Sound area people in single family homes recycle about 60 percent of their waste. Residents in multifamily complexes or apartment buildings, on the other hand, recycle closer to 20 percent.