recycling

Food Recycling
10:02 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Compost, Seattleites! (Or Risk Being Fined)

A vote by the Seattle City Council may put the city more on par with Portland, Ore., in terms of food waste recycling.
Flickr Photo/Dianne Yee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It'll be a busy day at Seattle city hall Monday. Mayor Ed Murray is proposing his first city budget since he was elected last fall.

Among other things, the mayor is expected to announce funding for more police officers and for his preschool proposal.

Further down the agenda, though, is a smaller item that could add up to something big.

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Fertilizing The Fields
1:03 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

More than 170 volunteers in the Brattleboro, Vt., area have contributed urine to the Rich Earth Institute field trials.
Mike Earley/Courtesy of Rich Earth Institute

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 9:35 am

Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible?

A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.

Then they're pooling the urine of the 170 volunteers in the pilot project (a quart or so, per person, daily) and eventually giving it to a farmer, who's putting it on her hay fields in place of synthetic fertilizer. The goal is to collect 6,000 gallons this year.

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Business And Housing
7:27 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Ultimate Reuse: Shipping Containers For Buildings

Starbucks has been rolling out drive-through, walk-up locations made out of recycled shipping containers. This location is in Tukwila, Washington.
Flickr Photo/vmax137 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The cost of housing in the city is making many people think small, to embrace the micro movement that loves to reuse and recycle. Enter the idea of a shipping container as a building — a natural in a port city like Seattle, which handles 1.6 million container units in a year.

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Municipal Services
10:33 am
Wed March 19, 2014

More Communities Look To Recycling Toilet Water

Ron Wildermuth is pictured at the The Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:01 pm

As California deals with a historic drought, more communities are looking to recycling sewage and storm runoff as a way to deal with the water crisis.

At the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo, California, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Ron Wildermuth, manager of public and government affairs for the West Basin Municipal Water District.

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Tips
3:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Recycling Advice: Don't Agonize Over It

Recycling can be confusing, but it shouldn't cause too much anxiety.
Credit Flickr Photo/Chelsea Nesvig

Northwest denizens are known to take their recycling responsibilities seriously. But it can be confusing to keep on top of all the rules. Tom Watson from the King County Recycling and Environmental Services in Seattle told Steve Scher on The Record that you don't need to agonize too much about it.

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Environment
9:23 am
Thu December 26, 2013

For Recyclers, Holiday Gift Wrap Is A Mine Field Of 'Contaminants'

Most glittery or metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
King County Solid Waste

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:13 am

The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

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Tech Trash
12:03 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Washington Recycles Millions Of Gadgets, But That's Barely Keeping Up

A worker at Total Reclaim pulls apart what has become known as "tech trash." Although Washington state recycles 100,000 pounds every day, it's still just a drop in the bucket.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

The loading dock at Total Reclaim in Seattle is piled high with electronic discards: phones, old TVs and computer carcasses. It is also deafening: Computer boards are shredded, and trucks roar in with new loads.

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Waste Management
10:57 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle Keeps Door Open To Biweekly Garbage Pickups

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Seattle trash pickup could be reduced to every other week by 2015 if the Seattle City Council votes on Monday to keep that option on the table for the next year.

If the action passes as expected, biweekly service won’t be definite, however: Mayor-elect Ed Murray and  council members will still need to pass the legislation early next year.

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Finding A Home For Waste
6:11 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Seattle Compost Is A Hot Potato

Compost pile
Flickr Photo/Meaduva

Seattle city council members are scheduled to vote Monday on legislation that could change where the city's food and yard waste ends up. But the latest plan is raising a stink east of the Cascades.

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Recycling
5:45 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Construction Debris: Where Seattle's Old Buildings Go To Die

Dickie Allen supervises a truckload of concrete debris arriving at Contractors Concrete Recycling in Seattle
John Ryan

Close to half of the garbage generated in America doesn’t come from individual homes or businesses. It comes from construction sites.

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