What’s Under the Storm Drain Grate?

With all our winter rainstorms, you can’t help but notice water running everywhere – off roofs, across lawns and sidewalks, down driveways and the edges roads. All that rain flows into stormwater drains and ditches that carry it away from…

Multifamily Recycling: Case Studies in Success!

In the northwest, and here in Kirkland, we’re pretty into recycling. The City consistently has one of the highest single family recycling rates in King County. We have higher recycling rates than many parts of the country, and work hard…

Screenshot of Enevo website

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…

Paint Green (Even When Your Paint is White)

Is painting a room in your house or maybe your whole house on your “to do” list? A fresh coat of “Jungle Vine Green” or “Morning Hush White” can be a great pick-me-up for tired-looking walls, but did you know…

Adventures of a Summer Intern: The Notion of Less

Last weekend, sitting in my favorite spot, up against the bulkhead in front of the cabin on Hood Canal, I was reflecting on my summer as the Kirkland Solid Waste Intern. Trying again and again to skip rocks (a skill…

Bagged styrofoam for recycling collected in June 2015

Adventures of a Summer Intern: Deciphering StyroFest

STYROFEST… I have been hearing about this colossal event since I started with the City of Kirkland Solid Waste team in June. But not until I experienced the organized chaos myself, did I really understand. The sheer volume of Styrofoam…

3d recycling guides at Evergreen Health's cafeteria

26 Things Your Green Team Can *Do*

You have a Green Team at your office, now what? Here are 26 activities that your Green Team could do (and feel free to contact us for help at your Kirkland workplace!): Cut Your Workplace’s Waste Improve recycling at your…

3 Steps to Green Your Business’ Supplies

Kirkland businesses recycle about 24% of their waste – but so much more is recyclable! Increasing what your business recycles can allow you to reduce your trash service and save money, since recycling is free. The City’s Smart Business Guide…