Reduce Reuse Recycle Rethink

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

Join us and participate in the City of Renton's Earth Day Bingo Challenge! Click here to download the bingo card.

Share your bingo cards with us on social media using the hashtag #EarthLoveRenton for a chance to be featured in our social media channels.

For tips and information on how you can make every day Earth Day, click to read the Earth Day at 50 newsletter.

Reduce

Water-efficient toilets use 60 to 80 percent less water than older models. In 2018, Renton residents updated 741 toilets. Residents may receive a $100 rebate by installing a qualifying toilet that uses 1.1 gallons or less per flush. 

Turning off the water while shaving or brushing teeth can save seven gallons of water. Installing an aerator can cut water use by 30 percent. Puget Sound Energy offers rebates

Shredded paper is no longer accepted in residential recycling or organics due to contamination issues. Only shred documents with sensitive information and sign up for e-bills to reduce shredding needs.

Reuse

King County hosts free repair events throughout the region. The next Renton Repair Event is Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Renton Library. Bring small household items, appliances and clothing for experienced craftspeople to repair. Registration is advised. Contact Tom Watson at or 206-477-4481. 

The city’s annual Stop & Swap is a great place to find or drop off reusable household items for free. Due to COVID-19, the June 6, 2020 event is cancelled. Stop & Swap will return in 2021.

Recycle

For a quick and comprehensive list of recycling drop-off locations in Renton, view reuse and recycling resources.

Electronics contain valuable natural resources that are recoverable, and may contain hazardous components that need to disposed of properly. If electronics cannot be reused or repaired, please recycle them at one of the drop-off locations in your area.

Plastic bags are not accepted in residential recycling as they contaminate materials. Recycle plastic bags, wraps and films at many stores, including all major grocery stores in Renton.

Recycle stained or torn clothes, shoes and linens at a number of Renton locations. Wet, mildewed or contaminated items are not accepted.

Recycle paints including latex, water-based stains and clear finishes at Ace Hardware stores in Renton. Fee is per container: $2.99 for quarts, $4.99 for gallons, $22.99 for 5-gallons.

Rethink

Prevent expensive repairs to your drain and sewer pipes by disposing of food scraps in the compost bin instead of the sink disposal. A build up of fats, oils and grease (FOG) from foods and cooking oil can cause problems in both residential and public sewer systems. If there is no access to compost, discard food scraps in the garbage. Visit Wastewater Division for more information.

Wash vehicles at commercial washes where wastewater goes to treatment plants. Water from vehicles washed in streets and driveways flows directly into storm drains and then into streams, rivers and lakes, contaminating waters. Learn about other ways to keep stormwater clean

Each April, volunteer to install storm drain markers and distribute educational materials as part of the city’s Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration. Drain markers are an important reminder that only rain goes down storm drains. The April 2020 event has been cancelled. Check back in 2021.

Report oil or hazardous spills to 911 and all other spills to 425-430-7400. One quick call keeps neighbor-hoods and waterways clean and healthy.

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