Welcome to the Kirkland Environmental Service Blog

Welcome! With this blog, we’re looking forward to providing our readers with a depth of information not afforded by our other social media.  Twitter and Facebook only allow us to serve up tasty but less-than-filling morsels of information to our customers.  We’ll not be able to belly up to the table, put a napkin in our laps, and really dig into the meat of an issue or topic.  We want to share this meal with you and we hope after all is said and done you’ll navigate away from your digital repast full of new information and perspectives.

So what can you expect?  Our goal is to publish something at least once a week (or more) and try to keep the content diverse and thought-provoking.  We encourage questions and welcome comments – please just keep them clean, respectful, and positive. Our slate of topics will range from the celebratory (Kirkland’s high diversion rate and our Lake Washington School District green teams) to the technical (rain garden construction) to the scientific (stream macroinvertebrates) to the mundane (inclement weather collection policy reminders) to the humorous (zero waste office pranking) and eventually to the obscure (New Zealand Mudsnails).  I’ll also be contributing a monthly editorial not-so-creatively named On the Road Again, a collection of day dreams, observations, and random thoughts I make about our environment during my two hour commute to and from work each day.

P.S.  We’ll consider it a job well done if we’re able to make New Zealand Mudsnails interesting.

So here goes.  Since success has a shelf life, I thought that it made sense in this first article to shamelessly toot our own collective horn.  Most you have received a copy of our Solid Waste Annual Report in the mail and in it we report that for the sixth consecutive year, Kirkland’s single family residents achieved the highest recycling diversion rate among 37 cities King County!  That’s a really big deal.  Kirkland tied with the cities of Bellevue and Mercer Island by diverting 65% of our regular recyclables and yard waste from the landfill.  That’s over 25,000 tons of plastic bottles and aluminum cans and newspaper and cardboard and food and plants that you took the time to put in your recycling or yard waste cart.  It never ceases to amaze me how much Kirklanders genuinely care about recycling and naturally gravitate toward doing the right thing.  There’s always more to do but this is something that we can all be proud of.  Thanks everyone!