King County honors Issaquah’s top recyclers

June 29, 2010

By Staff

Efforts to recycle batteries, toner cartridges, cooking oil and construction materials earned Issaquah agencies and businesses kudos from the King County Solid Waste Division.

The county has recognized the Issaquah municipal government, the Issaquah School District and three Issaquah businesses — Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus — as Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

The city earned plaudits for providing compostable service ware, as well as food-waste and compost collection containers, at every employee event and meeting. Staffers also cut unnecessary printing and recycle toner cartridges.

The school food-service program replaced polystyrene food trays with compostable trays. In 14 schools, Green Teams coordinate food-scrap recycling. The district plans to expand the program to every school in the near future.

Pogacha started recycling cooking oil long before the practice became commonplace. The restaurant started composting food waste last year.

Rowley Properties recycles copper, steel, brass, gypsum wallboard and lumber from every construction project, in addition to cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum.

Timber Ridge at Talus, a retirement community housed in a LEED-certified building, promotes recycling among employees and residents.

Including the Issaquah honorees, King County recognized 75 organizations for eco efforts.

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