The city of Seattle has launched a pilot program that will allow people to recycle bottles of water at its recycling centers, and the city’s recyclers say they’re seeing an increase in donations of bottled water.
“We’ve had a lot of people email us saying that the water they’re donating has been in their homes for two weeks,” said Kristin Laughlin, director of recycling at Seattle’s recycling center.
“It is one of the first pilot programs in the country that we’re seeing that we can do this for a very affordable price,” she said. “
Laughlin noted that a lot more water recycling is needed in Seattle, and that it is more than just saving the environment by putting the water in the ground. “
It is one of the first pilot programs in the country that we’re seeing that we can do this for a very affordable price,” she said.
Laughlin noted that a lot more water recycling is needed in Seattle, and that it is more than just saving the environment by putting the water in the ground.
“This will save people money and it’s going to create jobs, too,” she told ABC News.
“If you’re looking for a job right now, the most important thing you can do is recycle your water.”
The program is being implemented in partnership with the Puget Sound Aquarium and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is a part of the city.
The city is also offering free recycling for households with at least one person under the age of 18, and Laughlin expects to start offering free water collection for seniors at the end of March.
The program will be implemented by January.
The Seattle Center for the Environment, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, is also partnering with the city to help residents in need with the water collection.
“In order to reach a goal of one million bottles of fresh water, we need to collect at least half of them,” said Laura DeWalt, a senior policy adviser at the Center.
“And so we’re working with the Center to get water collected for free, for low-income families, for people with disabilities and the elderly.”
The Seattle center will be partnering with several other organizations to reach the goal, including the Seattle City Council and the Pugetside Aquarium.
“Water is so important for people, and it is such a finite resource,” said Laughlin.
“The water needs to be collected to make sure it’s safe for the people in the community to drink.
It’s also important for the animals to drink it, and so we want to help these communities in the process.”