August 12, 2014
NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014
Dust off the gardening gloves and keep those dinner scraps as you learn how to transform food and yard waste into compost and get tips to safely eliminate garden pests in the Master Recycler Composter-Eastside program.
Applications, available here, are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15.
Email your completed application to Maren Neldam at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line MRC Eastside Application.
July 29, 2014
King County’s Solid Waste Division recently honored Spiritwood at Pine Lake for adopting business practices that reduce waste and increase recycling, naming them one of their Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling for 2014.
Spiritwood implemented recycling and composting throughout its community in which both residents and staff actively participated to reduce their carbon footprint. The program has been successful in reducing their garbage waste by half.
March 4, 2014
Local composting takes global technology.
Cedar Grove Composting has grown a lot in its 25-year history of turning organic material into plant fertilizer. The May Valley facility recently won an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award, due to its continuing community efforts. Such progress did not happen all at once.
“In 1989,” Cedar Grove’s Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer Jerry Bartlett said, “nobody knew what compost was and nobody knew what to do with it.”
The company had received a contract with the city of Seattle to convert yard waste into fertilizer. It turned into a first for both entities.
March 4, 2014
King County wants to honor the very best students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that contribute to student environmental education and environmental protection, through the county’s Earth Heroes at School awards program.
Nominations for the 2014 Earth Heroes at School are due March 10; winners will be honored at an event this spring. Earth Heroes can be nominated by colleagues, classmates and the public. Self-nominations are also encouraged.
February 18, 2014
Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.
In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.
November 26, 2013
Garbage, recycling and compost collection customers served by Clean-Scapes in Issaquah may experience a change in collection day during the holiday season.
CleanScapes operates regularly on all holidays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
August 27, 2013
Next step: one less garbage bag a month
Issaquah shoppers are already getting the hang of carrying their own bags into grocery and large retail stores. The plastic bag ban has been in effect for nearly six months. Ready for the next step?
King County is getting in on the action of reducing plastic and other materials in the landfill by encouraging residents to use one less plastic garbage bag a month by recycling more of the basics.