Composting 101

We see the word everywhere: compostable! We can even compost food at a Mariner’s game, but when you ask most people, no one seems to know, just what is compost? Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic materials into what…

Waste Reduction At Work: Meetings

Meetings happen so often in the workplace that we probably do not think about the waste we generate when we attend. Here are some waste reduction tips for your future face-time requirements: Send the agenda via e-mail ahead of time…

Office prank

Waste Reduction At Work: Office Pranks

When you spend most of your waking hours at work, I hope that at least some of those hours consist of genuine joy, laughter, and fun with your coworkers. While some may find enough satisfaction in passing around a funny…

Soak Up the Rain: Build a Rain Garden at Home

Ah, springtime in the Pacific Northwest! The pitter-patter of raindrops falling steadily on your roof! Rain lasting for hours, if not days! Where does all that rain water go? Do your gutters send water down and away from your home?…

Change Your Habits for Puget Sound Starts Here Month

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month, a time for us to celebrate our connection to Puget Sound and our local bodies of water. Volunteer projects, workshops, special events and many other activities will be happening all around the Sound…

Home Energy Efficiency Made Easy!

Our homes use a lot of energy and a lot of it is used inefficiently.  You can conserve energy in your home by starting with some quick changes around the house or go even greener and make some larger and…

A Secure Medicine Return Program in King County?

With ever-changing recycling guidelines, it’s difficult for our residents to keep up with what can and cannot be recycled. As my fellow professionals in the solid waste and recycling field will attest, we receive tons of great questions from the…

Residents taking photos at Cascade Recycling Center tour

De-Bunking Recycling Myths

Kirkland residents work hard to recycle right. But, just where do these recyclables go after you’ve placed them in your recycling cart? Every spring and fall, as a part of Kirkland’s Sustainability Education Series, thirty Kirkland residents see for themselves…

On the Road Again: What Holds Us Back

Welcome to the first On the Road Again, my blog commentary where I let you in on some of my observations spawned by the sheer boredom of enduring several hours each week of I-405 gridlock.  My basic premise for this…