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Thank you to everyone that participated in Sustainable Solutions virtual learning in the Fall. We want all Pierce County residents to have access to the content that is appropriate for all ages and designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to reduce your eco-footprint.


Stay tuned for more virtual classes coming in January! 

Virtual Tour: Beyond the Garbage Can


We have three main places our waste goes when it leaves our homes. Get current views of our landfill, the recycle sorting facility and the compost factory to see what happens to our waste.


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Green Cleaning


Get your house off drugs! Harsh chemicals can harm humans, pets, pipes and the Salish Sea. Pick up some tips on tried and true recipes for DIY cleaners sure to save some bucks! 


Cleaning with the Good Guys

Green Cleaning Recipe Sheet of Cards

Poison Safety Checklist

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Solar Panels and Electric Vehicles


Spark your home life up with alternative powered cars and harness the power of the sun! Are they right for you? What are the pros and cons? Explore the options for these earth-friendly alternatives.


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Managing Food Waste

Prevent your food waste scraps from going to the landfill where they contribute to the production of methane, a greenhouse gas. Managing organic scraps at home and returning their nutrients to the soil helps aid in the retention of carbon in soil. Several options will be explored including vermicomposting, trench composting, digesters, Bokashi, and the use of tumblers and other self-contained composting systems.


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Chart Different Food Waste Options

Homemade Food Digester

Trench Composting

Vermicomposting

What Goes in a Worm Bin

Worm Worries Troubleshooting

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Home Composting


Get the dirt on backyard composting! Learn how to manage your organic waste from your home and garden and see how composting at home can reduce your carbon footprint. Several options will be explored including single bin and multi-bin hot composting, passive composting, tumblers, and other ways to manage your organic waste on site.


Compost Pile Ingredients

Compost Troubleshooting

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Trash Talk and the 3Rs


There’s no such thing as away! Where does your garbage and recycling go in Pierce County? Learn the secrets to where it goes and put us to the test -- ask all your tough questions.  To better understand your garbage and recycling it’s best to dive right in! 


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