(2014-05-27 2:02 AM)
We have lived in WA now for 21 years. 10 years in the Seattle area where recycle was big and we did it only beaucse the containers were provided and it was required. The garbage company picked up the separated items and disposed of them. We were then moved to Vancouver (SW WA)by an employer and the recycle continued. Again, more so beaucse the refuse company required it and provided the containers. Bit of a hassle on garbage day to set out 4 or more containers, but what the hey it was only once a week. Of course there was no refund on anything.Then we have lived in Longview for 5 1/2 years where there is not a big push for recycle. We now just throw everything away in one can which gets picked up each week. I think you can take items to the dump and recycle for cost of dumping. I think the main refuse plant in Longview/Kelso may have a recycle portion, whether one gets paid or not I am not aware. Oregon has the bottle and can refund deal, we live a mile from the bridge over the Columbia and we go that route often to visit my daughter in Portland, so we tried to take cans and botles in after as you say storing for a bit, and the hassle and renumertion wasn't worth it. If Longview provided containers and picked them up each week I would proably recycle but since they don't I don't. Yes, I am thinking twice before I hit the post button - I will not be very popular today.