Category: Behind The Scenes

Random Acts of Kindness Through Waste

Have you noticed your Facebook friends capturing random acts of kindness? Well if you haven’t – you can be the first. I have friends that walk elderly people across the street, pay for the person behind them in the coffee…

Kirkland Composts!

On October 11th, I went for a ride-along on the food recycling route with Waste Management. I got up REALLY early (3:45am), squeezed into the trucks tiny side seat (I am 6’1”) and witnessed how the route is done. Why?…

Stream Bugs! Gauging Stream Health

At the end of each summer, staff from the Public Works Department put on their rubber boots and head out to local creeks to collect samples of stream bugs. The scientific term for these creatures is “benthic macroinvertebrates” (benthic =…

Great (Trashy) Places to Visit for Free

I’m sure we can all remember back in school when it was “field trip day.”  It was an opportunity to get a break from the daily monotony of the classroom, see the world, and experience and learn something new.  Whether…

Where Does it All Go? The Trash Edition

I’m probably dating myself, but where I grew up on the east side of Washington State, most families never had anything remotely resembling the convenience of curbside trash collection.  For most, the common practice was to save all of your…

Kirkland Makes Recycling an Event

Okay Kirklanders!  Give yourselves a big pat on the back for making our semiannual recycling collection events a success for 20 consecutive years!  Since 1994, Kirkland residents have brought everything from old appliances to worn tires to spent motor oil…