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Seattle Nears 60% Recycling Rate

Seattle has increased its recycling rate for the 13th consecutive year, bringing its rate up to 58.8 percent in 2016.

Seattle has increased its recycling rate for the 13th consecutive year, bringing its rate up to 58.8 percent in 2016, according to Seattle Public Utilities. But even though the city’s diversion rate continues to climb, Seattle Public Utilities says there’s room for even more growth by diverting organic material, which makes up about 30 percent of the city’s waste.

KOMO News has more information:

Seattle is doing its best to remain one of the top recycling cities in the nation.

For the 13th consecutive year, the city's recycling rate has improved -- now up to 58.8 percent as of 2016, according to Seattle Public Utilities. It's an increase of about a percentage point over last year and a 20 percent increase from where it was 13 years ago.

SPU says there is still room for growth -- primarily by diverting organic material such as food waste and food-contaminated paper from the landfill to be composted.

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