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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Brian Stafki, Thurston County Solid Waste, (360) 709-3053, stafkib@co.thurston.wa.us

Thurston County Reaches Out to Online Users

OLYMPIA -- Thurston County residents can now get information and resources for waste reduction and sustainability online via Thurston County Solid Waste's social media outlets. The sites are available at the following locations:

The sites offer breaking news, tips on how to reduce waste, and opportunities for residents to share their ideas with others. "We aim to create a sense of community online here. We want waste reduction and sustainability to be one of the top 10 things people are talking about online," says Brian Stafki, an education and outreach specialist for Thurston County Solid Waste.

Through its sites, the Solid Waste Program is also sharing world and regional news about sustainability and the 4 Rs -- reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink. Users can join in discussions and share resources.

Washington State has more than 3 million Facebook users and more than 5 million residents using the Internet, according to internetworldstats.com. Moreover, statistics posted on flashmap.org show that Washington State's usage of social media per capita is more than 60 percent higher than the national average. People are looking online for answers to daily living and community. It is not surprising that Thurston Solid Waste social media sites are growing quickly. More than 250 residents have subscribed to the Solid Waste Program's Facebook fan page since December. Since its launch in May, the Twitter site has attracted more than 170 followers. With the production of short videos for YouTube and sharing favorites of other programs, Thurston Solid Waste expects to have more people subscribing and sharing discussion.

Waste reduction is a key component of sustainability. The Solid Waste education staff works to conserve environmental resources through education and outreach, technical assistance, diversion programs, and advocacy. For more information about Thurston County Solid Waste programs and resources, go to www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3