Tag: waste reduction

jack o lantern

Make Halloween a Treat for the Planet

The Halloween industry brings in around $6 billion each year. With that amount of decorations, costumes, and candy consumption comes a hefty environmental impact. Americans have created a demand for about 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin per year (our composter…

Out on the Town: Waste Less, Enjoy More

Usually on vacation, or when you’re out to eat with family and friends, the last thing on your mind is trash. You don’t think about what you’re disposing of when you go to a restaurant or the amount of waste…

food scraps

The Cure for Wasted Food

Last year I helped organize a campus-wide barbeque at my school, Washington State University. We hired vendors to bring food, but overestimated how much food to order. Even with thousands of students cycling through the food line, we still had…

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…

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…