City attracts environmental grants

January 15, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2010

City Council members accepted environmental grants Jan. 4 to improve recycling and continue a popular film series.

Officials pocketed a grant to show eco-friendly films. Issaquah will use the $11,024 grant to continue the Sustainability Film Series launched in 2009. City staffers connected with more than 400 residents through the program last year.

Issaquah is a part of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. Officials manage hazardous waste generated by households and certain small businesses.

Through the program, members receive grants to implement local projects to reduce the generation, exposure or disposal of hazardous products and waste.

Movies selected for the series will be used to educate residents about reducing household toxics — such as pesticides — and releases to the environment in several areas.

The city also received money through a state Department of Ecology program to coordinate and implement solid waste and recycling projects.

In past years, Issaquah received money through the program to implement curbside recycling, sustainable building, commercial recycling and compost education.  Staffers used money from the grant last year to support a commercial food-waste recycling program.

The city budgeted $23,500 — $17,625 in grant funds and $5,875 in local matching money — for the project in 2010. Resource Conservation Office staffers proposed for the grant dollars to further develop and implement a commercial food-waste recycling program.

In addition, Issaquah received King County dollars to cut waste and improve recycling in schools and businesses and take steps to protect the climate. The county grant is a two-year program — $27,929 for 2010 and $27,929 next year.

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