some important reminders...
Please remember, the following items CANNOT be placed in your Garbage or Recycling carts or dumpsters for collection:
- No hot (or warm) ashes
- No batteries
- No fluorescent tubes or bulbs
- No pharmaceuticals
- No electronics
- No hazardous materials (labeled Poison, Danger, Caution or Warning)
For information on how to safely dispose of these items, please visit: www.kingcounty.gov/whatdoidowith
Now that hot dry weather is upon us, please also take the following precaution: in addition to keeping a litter bag in your vehicle, be sure to add a portable ashtray if your car doesn't already have one. Tossing litter, including cigarette butts, out the car window can cost you a hefty fine. We have a limited amount of portable ashtrays available at no cost in our Customer Service lobby at Centennial Center, 400 W. Gowe St., while supplies last. Thanks for helping to Keep Kent Beautiful!
Taking a load to the dump?
Cover it or pay a $25 fine at the Transfer Station (if you were lucky enough not to get a $260 ticket on the way). Uncovered materials can get airborne and cause accidents and injuries in addition to littering our streets. Play it safe - use the $ to buy a tarp and tie-downs instead. For a great video, visit: here.
Save $$$, reduce food waste...
Food waste – it’s not garbage any more… Keeping it out of our area’s last remaining landfill saves space for real garbage and reduces methane, a greenhouse gas far more persistent than carbon dioxide. Turned into compost, it provides food for plants. For tips on what you can add to your green cart, visit www.RepublicServicesKent.com. For information on how to start a backyard composting project, visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/compost.asp. Buy a composter at the Recycled Products Sale on March 21st, at Hogan Park, 24400 Russell Rd. for $25, and never buy compost again!
Free Recycling App!
Calling all smart-phone users! Good news! 1-800-Recycling.com, a national data base of recycling vendors now has a FREE App to download for iPhone and Android users. How cool is that? Anything you’d ever want to recycle can be found on it. Just select the material category, and the GPS function will provide a list of vendors in our area that will accept that material. Check it out!
Approximately 30% of what we throw away consists of things that can go into the yard waste bin. Listed below are steps to help minimize the amount of "garbage" that goes into your cart.
Throw food scraps away in a convenient kitchen countertop container
- Many styles are available and some offer carbon filters to eliminate odors
- Line the container with a paper or compostable bag for easy carry-out
Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper after a meal and when cleaning out the fridge
- Peel spuds right onto yesterday’s news – a couple of pages from a newspaper will do to wrap it up
- Add in fruit and veggie trimmings, meat, fish, chicken-even the bones, bread, pasta, coffee grounds
- After dinner, scrape the plates straight into the container
- Paper towels, napkins, greasy pizza delivery boxes, uncoated (non-shiny) paper plates and cups can go in too
Empty the container into your green yard waste cart
- Reduce odors by dumping kitchen container contents into your green cart daily
- Keep your cart clean by lining the bottom with newspaper and/or layer your food scraps in with your yard waste; using compostable or paper bags will also help keep the cart clean
- Add shredded paper with food waste to absorb moisture
- Rinse out your cart on a strip of lawn, NEVER DOWN A STORM DRAIN. Republic Services offers one free cart cleaning per year and additional cleanings cost $8.68 each call 206-682-9735 to sign up for the service.
Worried about odors? Designate a produce drawer or corner in your fridge or freezer to store those “odor ridden” items-generally the raw meats, chicken and fish. Add these items to your green yard waste cart and reduce your garbage, the size of your gray cart and garbage bill. See flyers for more information.