If you live in an apartment complex in the greater Seattle area, you might open your door this summer and find a pair of college students in green polos on your front step. They won’t try to get you to vote, buy their wares or convert you. They just want you to recycle.
Washington state has had one of the highest recycling rates in the country for decades and currently recycles 15 percent more than the national average. In recent years, however, recycling rates have fallen from 51 percent in 2011 to 48.9 percent in 2013.