Waste Reduction at Work: Break Room Bliss

When the phone doesn’t stop ringing or work just keeps piling on your desk, the office’s break room is a place that employees can go to “get away from it all,” even if it’s only for 15 minutes to an…

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…

Waste Reduction at Work: Being PENtastic

When was the last time you broke into tears at work because the office ran out of pens? Exactly. Pens seem to be in unlimited supply in offices even though most of us have lost our penmanship eons ago. Unfortunately,…

Recycle Smoke Alarms at City Hall

You know that smoke detectors save lives, but did you know that you can save them from ending their life in a landfill?  “A modern home reaches flashover (not survivable) in 3 1/2 minutes. The only warning you may have…

Gifts: What Really Matters

The holidays bring cheer, cookies and glowing lights, but can also bring anxiety and stress when thinking about gift giving. What are you going to do for your co-workers? What about your neighbor? You can’t forget about Aunt Janie… You…

Waste Reduction At Work: Compostable Partyware

The holiday season is here! It seems like office parties double around this time of the year. While they are a great way to get to know your colleagues and enjoy great food, they also generate a lot of garbage…

Snowpocalypse!

With the change of seasons, it’s a good time to start grudgingly recognizing the possibility that Western Washington may be blanketed with snow for a few days in the not-too-distant future, sending our world hurtling toward the precipice of chaos…

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?…

Help Prevent Local Flooding

It’s that time of year again, when days get colder and wetter and leaves start to fall from the trees – many right on top of the 12,000+ storm drains located throughout Kirkland. These leaves and other debris can block…