July 5, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. July 5, 2011
Reusing office supplies at City Hall, recycling at local schools and business’ efforts to cut waste landed Issaquah officials and entrepreneurs on King County’s Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list July 1.
The county Solid Waste Division recognized 89 organizations in the annual awards. In Issaquah, the honorees include established “green” organizations and a newcomer, Outsource Marketing.
Each organization boasts exceptional recycling programs a commitment to reducing waste. Issaquah municipal government and the Issaquah School District made the list. So did Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus.
May 29, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. May 29, 2011
Ditch old alkaline batteries without tossing them into the garbage at a household hazardous waste disposal facility in King County.
“Batteries come in all sizes, shapes and purposes, and it has been confusing for residents who are trying to dispose of them safely,” Jay Watson, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program administrator, said in a news release. “Residents can bring in alkaline batteries, as well as lead acid, button, lithium, Ni-Cad and other rechargeable batteries for disposal. We appreciate that they are using our services to keep pollutants like mercury out of our environment.”
Some of the batteries contain mercury and other dangerous materials.
Find a disposal location or call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-869-4233.
May 24, 2011
Spring Cleaning Week helps residents clear out the clutter
Winning the war against clutter can be tremendously satisfying. That may be why a whole industry has developed around fighting clutter.
You can see it on Oprah, and you can ooh and ah at the worst cases on shows like “Hoarders.” You can even pay an organization coach to get your clutter under control — if you’re willing to pay up to $50 an hour.
But you can also just take a few easy steps on your own. Because cutting clutter means reducing waste, the King County “Recycle More. It’s Easy to Do.” program designated May 9-13 as Spring Cleaning Week. You can find lots of resources at www.kingcounty.gov/recyclemore, but here are a few to get you going.
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.