worm bin bedding made of leaves and shredded cardboard

Turn Garbage into Gold and Rot Into Riches!

Guest post by Maren Neldam, Environmental Program Coordinator at Seattle Tilth Compost happens. In a natural ecosystem, plants and animals regularly add organic matter to the soil through physiological and biological processes. These organic deposits feed a whole world of…

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…

12 Green Habits for the New Year

Kirkland is a pretty eco-conscious city, and we’re proud of all the work our community does to keep the planet healthy. But even the greenest of us might have little environmental blind spots — ingrained habits that we don’t think…

My Favorite Recycling Program: E-Cycle Washington

I’m Jenna Higgins, Recycling Programs Coordinator for the City of Kirkland. It’s a great gig – I get to work with residents and businesses on how to reduce waste and sort what they do have into the right spots. It’s…

where is your car's leak?

Don’t Drip and Drive

We see them every day on the road while driving to work, while parking the car at the grocery store and just about everywhere else that a vehicle with four wheels can possibly go: stains on the pavement formed from…

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…