Resident Outreach

Staff from Republic Services and the Solid Waste Utility can provide direct outreach to residents at apartments and condos. Contact Republic Services Outreach (206-777-6440) or  Julie with the City of Renton (425-430-7396) to discuss outreach options.

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Educational Workshops

During educational workshops, staff teach groups of residents about waste reduction and recycling. Depending on the outreach goal, staff members may discuss several topics:

  • How to sort recyclables, food scraps, and garbage
  • What happens once materials are collected curbside
  • Material life cycles, from production to use, reprocessing, and disposal

Workshops are interactive and may last 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending upon the wishes of the event sponsor.

Interactive Informational Booths

Interactive informational boothBooths provide residents with the opportunity to learn one-on-one about waste reduction and waste services. Residents can ask questions, gather educational materials, or play games related to waste reduction. Staff members usually host these booths for several hours.

Door-to-door Outreach

Door-to-door outreach is an effective method for sharing waste reduction information with residents. Staff members knock on resident doors and hand deliver informational materials. Staff may also provide tools for reducing waste, such as sturdy bags for storing recyclables or food scrap buckets. Depending on the outreach goal, staff members may discuss several topics with residents:

  • Which materials go in recycling containers
  • How to prepare recyclables before placing them in recycling bins
  • How to store and transport food scraps

Door-to-door outreach visits usually last 3-10 minutes. Interpretation services are available for residents with limited English proficiency.

Touch-a-Truck Events

Children sitting in garbage truckTouch-a-truck events allow children to explore how garbage and recycling trucks work. A truck will come to a property and park on site, usually in conjunction with another form of outreach or during a community event. Children will be able to get in the cab of the truck, and the driver will be available to answer questions from community members. Touch-a-truck visits usually last several hours. To schedule a visit, please provide the length of time you would like the truck on site as well as the approximate number of children attending the event so that staff can provide enough materials.

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