April 12, 2011
King County is honoring Grand Ridge Elementary School — plus teachers, a student and a staff member from the Issaquah School District — as Earth Heroes at School.
The annual honor highlights schools and people for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division announced the 2011 honorees March 30.
“Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts.”
April 5, 2011
Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job
My grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she’ll whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a marble pound cake, box it and mail it across the whole county, straight to me.
Her famous kiffles — thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly — always disappear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise.
For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn’t know what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it wasn’t often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents.
Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with packaging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, another helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done.
Now that I have a venue to recycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could recycle other things, like plastic bags, cellphones or alkaline batteries.
It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything.
March 4, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. March 4, 2011
King County could break ground by requiring responsible electronics recycling for county departments.
County Executive Dow Constantine proposed legislation last week to ensure all county agencies recycle computer monitors, mobile phones, TVs and other discarded electronics through environmentally sound practices.
The county could become the first in the state — and the second in the United States — to enact such a measure.
“King County agencies recycled more than 90,000 pounds of electronic equipment in 2010 and they did it the right way — under contract with an excellent local e-Steward recycler Total Reclaim,” Constantine said in a release. “This ordinance will ensure that our agencies always use an approved recycler and pursue the most responsible recycling practices for their electronic waste.”
January 16, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2011
King County encourages residents to engage in some trash talking and enroll in the Master Recycler Composter training program soon.
The course offers skills about how to reduce the amount of waste in the home and in the community. The program offers training for home composting, recycling and waste prevention, plus information about alternatives to household hazardous waste disposal and solid waste impacts on climate change.
The county Solid Waste Division sponsors the program to reduce the amount of material dumped at Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah. Officials estimate more than half of the material considered to be “garbage” at the landfill is actually recyclable material.
January 12, 2011
NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011
Evergreen State residents recycled 39.5 million pounds of outdated TVs, computers and monitors last year through the E-Cycle Washington program.
The total recycled material beat the amount recycled in 2009 — 38.5 million pounds. Discarded televisions comprised 61 percent of the total.
The state passed legislation in 2006 to require manufacturers and the Department of Ecology to establish and run a statewide system to collect and recycle electronics. Manufacturers fund the program.
Before the program launched, many old electronics ended up in landfills. The result is a potential mountain of wasted resources — and toxic runoff.
January 11, 2011
Most folks know not to toss compact fluorescent lightbulbs into the trashcan, but recycling the curlicue-shaped bulbs can be a problem.
Now, residents can recycle the bulbs at the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, 1510 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. The district has set up a collection box in the lobby. The recycling effort — held in conjunction with Puget Sound Energy — aims to collect 50,000 bulbs. The campaign has netted 12,000 bulbs so far. The drive does not accept linear fluorescent bulbs. Read more
January 7, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 7, 2011
Most folks know not to toss compact fluorescent light bulbs into the trashcan, but recycling the curlicue-shaped bulbs can be a problem.
Now, residents can recycle the bulbs at the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, 1510 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. The district has set up a collection box in the lobby.
The recycling effort — held in conjunction with Puget Sound Energy — aims to collect 50,000 bulbs. The campaign has netted 12,000 bulbs so far. The drive does not accept linear fluorescent bulbs.
The drive comes as compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, gain popularity due to low energy use and eco-friendliness, but the bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and should not be tossed into the garbage.
November 30, 2010
Do you have a broken refrigerator, an old stereo or a neglected bike clogging the garage?
Bring it to a free recycling event, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Briarwood Market Place parking lot, Southeast 128th Street and 164th Avenue Southeast, Renton.
Proceeds from the recycled raw materials benefit local charities, homeless shelters and food banks. The recycling program is provided by Issaquah-based 1 Green Planet and organized by the Liberty High School PTSA.
Find a list of recyclable products at the 1 Green Planet website.
November 28, 2010
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2010
Evergreen State residents recycled more than residents in other states, but fell short of a state goal.
Overall, the statewide recycling rate hovered at 45 percent last year, the state Department of Ecology announced last week.
The statewide recycling goal — established in a 1989 state law — is 50 percent. The national recycling average in 2008 hit 33 percent.
The total amount of municipal waste declined by more than 700,000 tons in 2009 — or about 8 percent. The recession has affected the amount of waste produced, causing disposal and recycling to drop.
November 23, 2010
The search is on for the top recyclers in the Evergreen State.
Nominate eco-conscious individuals, businesses, government agencies and community organizations for Recycler of the Year honors from the Washington State Recycling Association.
Nominate individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to expanding and strengthening recycling and waste prevention. Read more