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Republic Opens Seattle’s First Recycling Education Center

Aimed at teaching kids how to recycle, Republic opened the Seattle region’s first and only recycling education center earlier last month. The Seattle Learning Center offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look into recycling technology and the process for recycling different materials.

The Learning Center’s educational displays showcase recycling facts and best practices, and visually display the recycling process. Guided tours by recycling experts will help visitors learn how to properly recycle materials and the positive impact recycling has on the Puget Sound region. Visitors can climb into the cab of a Republic Services recycling truck, and tours conclude with a virtual view of the recycling center’s operations. If you live in the area or are planning a visit, schedule a free tour by emailing

“Republic Services shares the Puget Sound region’s strong commitment to sustainability and the environment,” said Area President Ryan Lawler. “Education plays a critical role in the effectiveness of recycling programs, and we’re proud to share our expertise through the Seattle Learning Center to increase the amount of recyclable materials collected in our community.”

In addition to the new Seattle Learning Center, Republic operates learning centers in Las Vegas, NV and Plano, TX.

Video: Sorting Out the Recycling Uncertainty

King 5 News caught up with Municipal Sales Manager Jeff W. and his 11-year-old daughter Madison to talk all about the new recycling education center.  “By having this learning center here [in Seattle], we can bring schools, green teams, and other community members on a tour to show what a recycling facility really does,” said Jeff.  Click here to watch the full interview.

Did You Know?

Republic’s Seattle Recycling Facility processes 200,000 tons of recyclables each year. Reuse of these materials has a climate benefit equal to planting 500,000 acres of forest or taking more than 85,000 gasoline-powered cars off the road.