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Get in the Game with Recycle Madness this March

This March get in the game with Ask Evelyn Live’s Recycle Madness! Taking a page from college basketball’s playbook, SPU’s weekly live-streaming recycling advice show will pit the most confusing recyclable items against each other throughout the month of March, to find out which is the most maddening item to recycle in Seattle.  

Things kick off on Wednesday, March 2nd when our hosts, SPU subject matter experts and trash-talking waste nerds, Becca Fong, Pat Kaufman, and special guest cohost Jemini Davis, will present the seeded items they’ll be covering all month long. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun by downloading the Recycle Madness bracket and making their own predictions on how these items will battle it out. 

Just like Ask Evelyn Live, Recycle Madness is run on your questions. Items in this tournament are ranked based on how often they were looked up on the Where Does it Go tool by customers, how often they were asked about in your emails and in-person questions, and even the occasional written letter. We know recycling is a priority for Seattleites and we want to help you ensure you’re doing it right – so materials are recycled, reused, and given another life. 

How to Play  

  • Completed brackets can be submitted via email to by 12 noon on March 9th or by via our online submission form. Participants who submit their completed bracket on time will be entered to win SPU recycle swag! You don’t have to be right to win. In your email entry, please include your bracket, name, and clearly print your address. If you’re selected, you’ll received a reusable bag, bin stickers, and other fun swag in the mail from SPU.    
  • Participants can also share their bracket with SPU on social media using #SeattleRecycleMadness and tagging our account. Get your household to play along as you all learn more about those hard to recycle items together. *Only emailed brackets will be considered for prizes. 

Rank the items in the bracket by how difficult they are to recycle in Seattle and submit your bracket for SPU swag by March 9th!

Download a fillable PDF HERE and email it to OR

Use our online bracket submission form HERE.

Need help finding out more about the items in the bracket? Look them up in our online Where Does It Go? tool.

What’s the most maddening, frustrating, and all-around confusing item to recycle? Get in the game to find out! Can batteries beat out the other 31 items? Will Styrofoam sweep the Plastics Category? Could throw pillows be the “Cinderella” item in Household/Textiles Category? Fill out your bracket, follow along, sharpen your recycling skills, and see if your pick goes all the way! 

Where to Watch  

  • Tune into SPU’s Instagram this March to catch Ask Evelyn Live as it’s live-streaming at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays PST. During the live-stream you can join the conversation, add your own thoughts, comments, and questions for our hosts.  
  • Catch the recorded version of the show after the live-stream on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube

We’ll see you Wednesdays in March at 1:30 on Instagram Live or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, get in on the madness and join the trash talk.