summer rECYCLING EVENT!
When: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Kent Phoenix Academy Parking Lot, 11000 SE 264th St.,
(Take 111th Ave. SE off Kent-Kangley)
Bring items hard or costly to recycle at the curb, including appliances, batteries, small electronics, mattresses, kids car & booster seats, and up to three file-sized boxes of documents to shred. The big blue truck from Northwest Center will also be on hand to collect clothing and miscellaneous household items in good condition. For more information, see the Recycling Flyer.
litter free kent event
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00am - noon
Sign up online at: KentWA.gov/LitterFreeEventRegistration
Join family and friends to spruce up your neighborhood, or another one that is in need of some extra care. Get your bags at City Hall at 9:00am, then head out to your chosen area. Don’t have a site in mind? Call 253-856-5549, for some options. Return your litter-filled bags to City Hall at noon and get a coupon for a discount (valid that day only) at one of these Kent restaurants: Cal's, Dilettante, Naked Pizza, Red's Wine Bar. See you Saturday!
Garbage Rate Increase for 2013
Effective April 1, 2013, solid waste customers will see an increase in their quarterly garbage bills. The City recently approved an inflation adjustment on the collection portion of the rate based on three indices computed by the United States Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For customers wanting to reduce the impact of this increase, this is a good opportunity to review the Recycling and Yard/Food Waste Guides to learn what more can be diverted from the gray cart to reduce the amount of garbage going to the landfill. For more information, visit www.AlliedWasteKent.com.
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 out on grass, NEVER DOWN A STORM DRAIN. Allied Waste offers one free cart cleaning per year and additional cleanings cost $8.24 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. More recycling tips and flyers are avaliable.