As Pacific Northwest cities continue to battle the issue of garbage recycling, some residents are taking matters into their own hands.

For more than a decade, the Northwest has had an annual recycling event in the Pearl District, where residents can donate their recyclables and even pay for a $1 deposit.

Now, the event is being brought to the city of Seattle, where some people are paying to have their recycles recycled by the city.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the goal of the event was to educate the public about the benefits of recycling, and to encourage local businesses to donate their surplus trash to the area’s recycling center.

Murray says some businesses that donate trash can recoup the difference by paying the $1 donation.

“They get a lot of benefits that we don’t get,” Murray said.

“They get to put it in a recycling bin and have the benefit of seeing it being collected, as opposed to just seeing it on the curb.”

Murray says recycling is a win-win for the region, and that people who donate their recycling get to donate it to a local community center, and businesses can get a discount.

The city says there are currently more than 2,000 people participating in the recycling event, with the largest donation coming from an individual.

The city estimates that the event will benefit the region by $5,500 in recycled trash each year.

For the event, some businesses have been providing the recyclable materials, including plastic water bottles, paper towels and coffee cups.

There is also a $2.50 donation to the local food bank, which is part of a partnership with the nonprofit Save the Day, which provides food to those in need.

For some, the effort has raised more questions than it has answers.

For one person, a local businessman, he says it’s time for the Northwest to start looking at recycling more, rather than trying to compete with the rest of the country.

“If we just go out there and we recycle everything and we just throw it in the trash, and if that’s what’s going to make the most money, it’s going be recycling,” said Anthony Stromberg.

Stromberg owns Stromberger’s Deli and Coffee Shop, a Seattle staple.

He says the community needs to do more to encourage recycling.

“We are one of the first places in the city where we have a garbage pickup that’s been a recycling facility since 2005,” he said.

He says if the city were to adopt a more recycling-oriented recycling policy, the business could save $250,000 a year by recycling its own garbage.

He also thinks there is an argument to be made for having a local garbage pick up service, because it helps the community.

“It’s going on all over the city,” he added.

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