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DSCF3419it's curbside cleanup time!

november 2-13, 2015

Have a ton of leaves, or need to clean out those sad garden beds?  You're in luck!  Place up to ten 32 gallon containers of Yard Waste, and up to an equal amount of Garbage at your curb on your regularly-scheduled Yard Waste collection day at no additional cost!  Any other time, those extra amounts would cost you.


For more information, see the flyer.  Not sure when your normal Yard Waste pick up day is?  Call Republic Services at 206-682-9735.




oct. 10th Recycling Event a success!!! 101610 RecEvent Tires

In spite of the rainy, windy weather, 858 residents participated in the Recycling Event, bringing an amazing 125.7 tons of materials to recycle, including:

  • 22 tons of scrap metal, appliances, and electronics, which will be sorted into ferrous and non-ferrous metals and made into new products at various manufacturing plants
  • 65 refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners - from which the ozone depleting chemicals and gas will be removed and disposed of properly by Total Reclaim
  • 74 toilets and sinks will be processed by Lloyd Enterprises into concrete material
  • 4.5 tons of reusable household goods were collected by Northwest Center for resale with the proceeds going to charity programs
  • 9,530 household batteries and 21 lead acid batteries will be dismantled, the hazardous material disposed of properly, and the cores recycled into new batteries through All Battery
  • 90 propane tanks will be reused through a cylinder exchange service or recycled as scrap metal through Binford Metals in Kent
  • 280 tires will be reused if in good condition, or chipped and made into such products as garden hoses, road bedding, or burned as fuel
  • 67 tons of concrete, rock, asphalt and brick will be processed by Contractors Concrete Recycling in Renton into concrete material
  • 6.8 tons of paper were shredded on site by Confidential Data Disposal
  • 4.4 tons of cardboard will be recycled by Sonoco Recycling and International Paper
  • 30 cubic yards of Styrofoam will be processed by Styro Recycle in Kent

 Thanks to all the participants for making the event a success!










Bringing a load to the Recycling Event?

Cover it to avoid getting 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...small Final Yard 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, or make your own, 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.


Recycling Resources


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Household Recycling  

Apartment/Condo Recycling 

Business Recycling Newsletter 







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