Author Archives: John MacGillivray

About John MacGillivray

John MacGillivray is the Solid Waste Programs Supervisor in the City of Kirkland’s Public Works Department. Prior to coming to the Kirkland in 2007, John spent 15 years with the City of Federal Way in their Surface Water Management Division. John was born and raised in Washington State and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Washington University. John lives with his wife of 24 years, two teenagers, and golden retriever Annie in Renton.

Six Ways to Be the Worst Recycler Ever

While I’m a confirmed, lifelong subscriber to the glass is half-empty philosophy, I’m often awakened from my pessimistic melancholia when I observe people genuinely wanting to do the right thing when it comes to recycling, even if they’re making a…

On the Road Again: Über Mom, Mother Nature

We men love our mothers. We do. Maybe our life-long adoration is nothing more than a genetically-ingrained “thank you!” for growing us in their bodies and bringing us to life after nine long months. Maybe it’s the unconditional love and…

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Tech in Trash: Experimenting with Enevo

For good or for bad, technology has inexorably crept into all the nooks and crannies of our lives. Take cell phones. The technological advancements of these devilishly addictive devices have made them a fundamental part of our lives. We keep…

On the Road Again: Feel Good Recycling

When it comes to managing the “stuff” in our lives, most of us genuinely want to recycle and contribute at least in some small way toward making the planet a better and cleaner place. Just look at the recycling rates…

Bring Your Bag! Plastic Bag Reduction Policy Coming March 2016

On February 17, 2015, the Kirkland City Council voted to adopt a plastic bag reduction policy ordinance which will restrict retailers from offering disposable plastic bags to consumers after March 1, 2016. Other nearby cities that have adopted plastic bag…

On the Road Again: Is Recycling a Political Statement?

Our society has done an outstanding job creating and perpetuating stereotypes: over-simplified assumptions and widely held beliefs about how a society, group, or thing might look or behave. So as not to offend, I’ll offer myself and my Scottish heritage…

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Introducing Kirkland Green Trip!

Have you heard? Members of your community are taking a pledge to green up their travel and commute! Kirkland’s premier alternative mode resource has long been the Totem Lake Green Trip (TGT) program, but it’s now expanding city-wide. The expanded…

On the Road Again: Learning to Practice

So a couple of months ago I decided to buy a birthday present for myself.  It’s one of those things that I had subconsciously coveted for literally decades but for some reason had never bought for myself or even considered…

StyroFest: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I never shy away from an opportunity to make a gratuitous allusion to one of my favorite epic westerns of all time, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, starring a youthful Clint Eastwood, a theatrically limber Eli Wallach, and…