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vectra8Congrats Vectra fitness!

2014 kent Green business of the year!

At the November 18 Council meeting, Mayor Cooke presented Jen Velez, Vectra Fitness buyer and shipping coordinator, with two plaques designating the organization and its 30 employees as Kent's 2014 Green Business of the Year.  The company has been designing and producing high-end, compact, multi-station fitness gyms for home and institutional use since 1987.   During this past year, they launched an aggressive recycling program.  


Velez implemented commingled recycling, placing collection containers labeled with pictures of what items belong in each throughout the office and warehouse.  In addition, she sought out recyclers for specialty items such as wood, metal, foam, and plastic banding.  They are now able to recycle almost 80% of waste they generate, and this number is still rising. 


Recycling is important, but reusing also cuts costs.  Vectra Fitness reuses materials including large envelopes, single sided paper and packaging materials.  Purchasing recycled products helps to “close the loop”.  Recycled products purchased by Vectra Fitness Corporation include: file folders, toilet paper and some types of paper. 


Waste prevention is incorporated on many levels of production at Vectra Fitness.  Just a few of the ways Vectra Fitness reduces waste include: purchasing products in bulk, providing durable dishes for employees and avoiding coversheets.  More information about Vectra Fitness can be found on their website www.VectraFitness.com.


The city of Kent has been awarding the Kent Green Business of the Year since 2000.  Previous recipients of this award include: Hexcel Corporation, Torklift Central, Applus Technologies, The Boeing Company, REI, Worldwide Distributors, Emerald City Graphics, Staples Store #1357, Mikron Industries and Panasonic Services Company.





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...

The average household tosses out an amazing 25 percent of food and drink purchased, which adds up to $30 each week ($1600 a year) in wasted groceries.  And it’s not just about wasted money.  When we throw away food, we also waste all the water and energy used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates. Uneaten food accounts for 23 percent of all methane emissions in the U.S. – a potent climate change contributor.


Visit King County’s Food: Too Good to Waste for lots of good tips to help you reduce waste and save money.






Oct. 11 Recycling Event nets 118 tons of material! 101610 RecEvent Stove

968 carloads came through the Saturday event bringing appliances, tires, petroleum products, batteries, Styrofoam & an amazing 14,550 pounds of documents for shredding! 


The next recycling event in Kent is scheduled for March 21, 2015.  Don't want to wait that long?  Check out:  www.your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/events.asp for other opportunities. or visit www.kingcounty.gov/whatdoidowith for a list of recyclers.  For shredding, visit the Attorney General's site at www.atg.wa.gov/shredathon.aspx#events.


For information on where to safely recycle or dispose of computers, monitors, laptops, and TVs year-round at no cost, please visit http://www.ecyclewashington.org/ or call 1-800-RECYCLE.  For information on how to safely dispose of household hazardous products, those marked:  Caution, Warning, Danger, Toxic or Poison, call 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC-ED (1-888-869-4233), or visit:  www.hazwastehelp.org.









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.


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