New program recycles fluorescent lights

February 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 3, 2015

Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at 130 sites throughout the state, with more being added in the months ahead.

LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high-intensity-discharge lights, commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.

Individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day.

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Garbage service rates will increase Jan. 1

December 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 28, 2014

Recology CleanScapes is planning a rate adjustment for its customers.

The rate adjustment, effective Jan. 1, stems from an increase in the Consumer Price Index and other fees.

Issaquah customers can expect to see a small rate increase on their January bills. Learn more about rates in Recology CleanScapes’ service guides for Apartments and Condominiums, Commercial and Residential.

Learn more about Recology CleanScapes services by calling 837-1234, clicking here or visiting the Gilman Village store and service center, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22.

Recology CleanScapes hosts toy swap

July 1, 2014

The Recology Clean- Scapes store in Gilman Village is hosting a toy swap.

Bring your gently used toys to the Recology CleanScapes store before July 25 and receive one ticket for each donated toy.

Bring tickets(s) in July 26 and swap them for a “new-to-you toy.” (Size restrictions apply. No stuffed animals please.)

Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 392-0285 or learn more here.

Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo

May 13, 2014

Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.

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Free bike rodeo is May 18

May 6, 2014

The city will host a free Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Experts will offer bike safety checks, helmet fittings, a bike skills course, music, raffles, refreshments and more. Free helmets will also be available for children in need.

Participants can donate a used bicycle to receive a raffle ticket, while children can bring their own refillable water bottle for a chance to win door prizes.

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New season of farmers market kicks off Saturday

April 18, 2014

NEW — Noon April 18, 2014

Opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

On the first day will be Earth Day celebrations.

Some of the organizations participating this year include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of Salmon Hatchery, Master Recycler Composter Eastside Program, Cleanscapes, Bike Pedestrian Outreach and the King County Master Gardeners.

The market is Saturdays through Oct. 11. Visitors can buy fresh produce and flowers, purchase unique gifts from a variety of vendors and taste different types of foods.

Learn more here.

Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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