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…

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…

Bagged styrofoam for recycling collected in June 2015

No, That’s Not Snow…

You thought you were just getting a new TV did you…you didn’t read the fine print about getting huge pieces of difficult to recycle white foam blocks too? According to King County Solid Waste, each year, residents and businesses in…

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…

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…