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The Earth Matters newsletter arrives in mailboxes this week. Here's preview of what's inside, including information about what's no longer recyclable in our program.

shredded paper, refrigerated cartons and plant posts are no longer recyclable in Pierce County

Recycling program changes

Recycling in the United States has changed dramatically over the past two years. In response, we must update our list of accepted items so the material we collect has the best chance of being made into new products. The items above are no longer accepted in our recycling program. Learn more about the changes

Recycling open houses

Drop in anytime to learn what’s no longer accepted and why. Find out what happens to recyclables after they get picked up at your home. You can ask questions, play a game and even make an upcycled item to take home.


Gig Harbor Library
Tuesday, May 7 from 6–8 p.m.

Graham Library
Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

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Shred events

Shredded paper is no longer accepted in our recycling program. Save up your documents and drop them off at one of our free shred events. Your private information remains secure and the shredded paper is recycled.

Shred event schedule

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Spring Classes

Spring is here and it's time to get in the garden! Sign up for our free classes to learn how to turn your food scraps and yard debris into compost, and how to grow your own food.

Zero Waste Garden

Nothing is wasted when you learn how to recycle your yard debris and kitchen scraps.


Classes run April–May
Includes: Composting: The Breakdown, Vermicomposting and Better Backyard Composting

Learn more and register

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Edible Gardens

Explore the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest—from seed to table.


Classes run through November

Learn more and register

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