City, school district join local businesses honored for waste prevention

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:48 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

The city of Issaquah, the Issaquah School District and several local businesses were honored by King County’s Solid Waste Division on its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

Every year, King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Solid Waste Division honor businesses and organizations for adopting practices that reduce waste and increase recycling. It was the ISD’s seventh year on the list and the third in a row on the Honor Roll. The city of Issaquah joins the ISD on the Honor Roll for the first time, having been named to the list five straight years.

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Retirement community recognized for waste reduction efforts

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.

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King County honors local organizations’ sustainability efforts

July 15, 2014

King County has credited a number of local organizations for commitment to sustainability.

Rowley Properties Inc., Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Cartridge World, the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah were named Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

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Cedar Hills landfill sets community meeting

October 15, 2013

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill hosts its semi-annual community meeting from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

The community meetings provide an ongoing forum for area residents and King County Solid Waste Division staff to discuss conditions and activities at the landfill. Bio Energy Washington staff will also give an update on the landfill gas-to-energy plant.

Solid waste generated in King County, excluding Seattle and Milton, is disposed at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, the only active landfill remaining in the county. Located at 16645 228th Ave. S.E., a 920-acre site south of Issaquah, Cedar Hills has provided for disposal of the county’s solid waste since 1965.

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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.

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Cedar Hills Regional Landfill meeting details gas, noise changes

May 28, 2013

In a quarterly community information meeting about the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, members of the King County Solid Waste Division told those gathered that they have taken steps to correct noise and gas issues.

About 20 people attended the meeting in the King County Library Services building April 24 for the regular meeting in which the county hoped to continue a conversation with the community.

Victor Okereke, the engineering services manager for the Solid Waste Division, discussed the changes made in the landfill to respond to odor and gas complaints.

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Residents sue Cedar Grove Composting over odors

February 5, 2013

In Mirrormont, longtime homeowner Cathe Avila can no longer keep windows open at home, or walk black Labrador retriever Django in the neighborhood.

The problem, she said, is the odor from the Cedar Grove Composting facility in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley, about seven miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

Avila said the odor is traceable to 2004, once Cedar Grove starting accepting food scraps for composting.

“Then, after that, the smell just started getting worse and worse,” she said.

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Options abound to recycle old Christmas trees

December 31, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012

Christmas is history, and residents ready to pitch old Christmas trees can do so in different ways.

Chip trees — minus tinsel and other decorations — into landscaping material or ground finer into a composting soil amendment.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular yard waste collection days.

Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations. Contact garbage haulers for details; CleanScapes and Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — serve Issaquah.

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King County garbage disposal fee hike starts Jan. 1

December 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2012

Residents can expect to pay more for garage pick-up, and to dump garbage at transfer stations and drop boxes, after Jan. 1, as King County seeks to modernize the aging solid waste system.

The average residential customer putting out a single container of garbage for curbside collection per week is likely pay about 57 cents per month more as garbage haulers cover the disposal fees.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers.

The fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box is poised to increase from $117.42 to $129.40 per ton, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee is due to increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the fee.

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King County Council adopts 2013 budget without roads fee

November 13, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 13, 2012

King County Council members dropped a proposed $20 vehicle-license fee to fund road maintenance and, in a unanimous decision Tuesday, approved the 2013 budget without the fee.

In September, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a $20 fee to fund road maintenance and storm response in rural and unincorporated areas. The decision to drop the proposed fee affects residents in unincorporated King County communities, including Klahanie, Mirrormont, Preston and other areas outside Issaquah.

Rather than creating a transportation benefit district in unincorporated King County, officials plan to lobby the Legislature for a comprehensive state transportation package to address road maintenance.

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