King County offers wood-debris recycling to storm-ravaged residents

January 29, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 29, 2012

Debris continues to linger outside King County homes, long after the snow and ice melted.

The recent snowstorm and ice storm left tree branches and limbs, plus other debris, on roads and lawns in Issaquah and elsewhere. King County Executive Dow Constantine cleared the way for disposal events in the days after the storms.

“We have made it easy for residents to dispose of debris so they can quickly put the storms of last week behind them and move on with life,” he said in a statement released Jan. 26.

Residents can recycle wood debris for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4-5 at the Shoreline, Enumclaw and Cedar Falls solid waste facilities, and at Russell Road Park.

The collection event is open only for wood debris from the recent storms. Officials said stumps, logs and limbs no longer than 6 feet in length can be dropped off.

However, brush, leaves, grass clippings, sod or soil cannot be accepted.

Organizers reminded people to secure debris loads for transport, and, if possible, to place loads on top of a tarp or sheet of plywood to make removal easier.

Local representatives applauded the decision.

“Some rural residents in areas with more trees suffered significant hardships in the aftermath of last week’s severe winter storms,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative, said in a statement.

“In the aftermath of a major storm, it is important that King County work with citizens who are doing their part to recover,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said. “The people who are bringing in debris from the storm are often not just helping themselves; they are also pitching in and helping their neighbors as well. I applaud the decision to help citizens recycling this wood debris.”

Residents can also rely on curbside garbage pickup to handle some storm debris.

Waste Management customers — plus Allied Waste customers subscribed to yard waste service — can also set out compost and yard debris for curbside pickup.

Use the typical 96-gallon cart, another 96-gallon cart, or another three 32-gallon containers, compostable bags or bundles.

Bundles must be tied using sisal twine, not plastic. Debris must be cut to a maximum of 4-feet by 2-feet in size.

The combined containers, bags and bundles must weigh 65 pounds or less and be clearly labeled “compost” or “yard debris” for haulers.

Customers putting out more than the three 32-gallon containers face additional charges.

Waste Management customers — plus Allied Waste customers subscribed to yard waste service — can put out spoiled food from power outages in compost carts. Remove the food from packaging and place in the compost cart. Haulers ask for residents to not put out liquids or plastic bags.

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