Cascade recycling plant

sorting recycling

shipping recycling out of plant

Where Does my Waste Go?
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photos WM Cascade Recycling Center

I. Solid Waste - In your own words trace what happens to your solid waste (garbage).

To start with, you'll need to know who your parents pay for waste hauling, or know the name on the "garbage trucks" that pick up your waste. (Green trucks are usually Waste Management.

Links: NOTE: Avoid using Waste Management links for this section even though WM may pick up your waste! It will be confusing!

a. If Snohomish County: click on images below for research information.

everett to roosevelt landfill train

roosevelt wa landfill aerial

h w hill gas landfill power plant

Start Reading at "A New Plan"

Roosevelt Landfill

Virtual Tour of Power Plant link on bottom of page

b. If King County: Click images below for research information.


landfill cross section cedar hills

Cedar Hills gas to energy plant

The waste stream

Cedar Hills

Cedar Hills Power Plant


Report Format

Title: Part One Where does my Solid Waste Go?

1. References: Provide reference documentation (Links preferred over hardcopy}

2. My Solid Waste traced from curb to landfill follows this path

a. The waste hauler who pick up my solid waste is: (tell who picks up your solid waste).

b. The Transfer station my waste goes to is:

c, d, e, f, g, etc Continue explaining in detail each step the solid waste goes through from there. (1. 2, 3, 4 etc)

The final destination of my solid waste is, City, State

EC: Tell how each of these landfills is producing energy.


II. Recycling - In your own words trace what happens to your recycling.

Report Format

Title: Part Two Where does my Recycling Go?

Go to Cascade Recycling if your recycling is picked up by Waste Management trucks. Otherwise call or look up the website of your local hauler.

1. References: Provide documentation (Links preferred or phone number & name}

2. My Recycling follows these steps to the reprocessor:

a. My recycling waste hauler is: (Tell the company that picks up your recycling.)

b. My recycling goes to this City, State where the recycling is sorted,

c. Now do a virtual visit. Study the recycling system. Then tell where each type of recycled waste eventually ends up!

Be sure to List the City, State, and Country of each type of Outbound material goes to!

d. EC Visit the Recycle America slideshow

and tell how many pounds of waste Americans toss away per year.


III. Yard Waste - In your own words trace what happens to your yard waste.

Report Format

Title: Part Three Where does my Yard Waste Go?

1. References: Provide documentation (Links preferred or phone number & name}

Link. Start with this article to find out where your yard waste goes (since 2004.)

2. My Yard Waste goes through these steps: (Answer the questions below)

a. My yard waste hauler is: (Tell the name of ithe company that picks up your yard waste.)

b. Tell the City, State where yard waste goes,

Now go to The Benefits of Recycling

c. Tell at least 3 benefits of recycling yard waste

The term organic refers to Living or once living organisms

d. Next go to FAQs. Find and tell where the compost eventually ends up!

Six Fast Facts about Recycling for Residents of Planet Earth!

Did you Know? (

1. One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television or computer for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours.

2. A six-pack of recycled aluminum cans saves enough energy to drive a car 5 miles.

3. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.


4. Recycling a one-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours.


5. Recycling one pound of steel conserves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 26 hours (5,450 BTU). (Approx. 7 cat food cans or 4 dog food cans = 1 lb. [EPA])


6. Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves 71.3 kilowatt hours of electricity...enough to heat a home for 17 hours.


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