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News & topics archive

The three most recent news items are always displayed on the Solid Waste Division (SWD) home page. Older items are archived here. Click on the links below to view SWD-related news and topics by year.

2017 News & topics archive

March 29, 2017

KOMO4 News: Recycling Innovations (YouTube)
KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out a new plastics recycling process from Agilyx, shoes from tires by Indosole, solar panel recycling with a panel from Puget Sound Solar, and school recycling bins from Busch Systems.

March 9, 2017

Big increase in recycling at King County transfer stations, drop boxes in 2016
The King County Solid Waste Division saw a 41 percent increase in recycling volumes at its transfer facilities and drop boxes in 2016 over 2015.

Feb. 1, 2017

KOMO4 News: Eating Healthy, Green and Local (YouTube)
KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson sample and show tasty locally-produced foods from 21 Acres, Bellflower Chocolate, Ziva Mediterranean Foods and Farmbox Greens.

Jan. 11, 2017

KOMO4 News: Green and Safe Outdoors (YouTube)
KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out fun and creative ways to stay safe and warm and dry in the winter.

2016 News & topics archive

Dec. 21, 2016

KOMO4 News: Last-Minute Green Holidays (YouTube)
From healthier, more sustainable candy canes from PCC Natural Markets, to examples of DIY Hanukkah decorations and gifts made by students at Seattle Hebrew Academy, KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County's Tom Watson check out a blizzard of fun ideas!

Dec. 12, 2016

Reminder: Solid waste fee increase Jan. 1 helps King County update facilities, add recycling
New solid waste disposal fees will take effect beginning Jan. 1, to help King County update portions of its 50-year-old solid waste system and increase recycling options.

Dec. 6, 2016

Natural Resources and Parks is the first King County department to be carbon neutral
Department is King County’s first agency to achieve an ambitious goal set by Executive Constantine to make its operations and purchases carbon neutral.

Nov. 30, 2016

KOMO4 News: Green and Local Holidays (YouTube)
Go local and green at home by saving energy on holiday lighting, and then by buying locally-produced foods and other products for your gift-giving and entertaining! KOMO4’s Mary Nam and King County’s Tom Watson check out fun items from Hood Famous Bakeshop, Palengke, Soda Jerk, Bonnie B’s Peppers, Herbivore Botanicals and more!

Nov. 16, 2016

KOMO4 News: DIY Green Holidays (YouTube)
KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson show fun ideas for holiday gifts and decorations you can make from egg cartons, paper bags, pop bottles, fabric scraps and other recycled and salvaged items!

Nov. 1, 2016

10 Fun Tips for Making Your Holidays Green (external)
If you plan to make some of your own “green” gifts and decorations this year, start early! Article by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson in the AgeWise King County newsletter.

Oct. 21, 2016

KOMO4 News: Green Halloween Costume Ideas (YouTube)
KOMO4's Molly Shen is joined by King County's Tom Watson, Jeanette Brizendine from the City of Federal Way, her son Elliott, and Diana, Freya and Hannah, modeling fun Halloween costumes made from reused and recycled materials. Our costume theme this year was tools and technology!

Oct. 5, 2016

New web cameras at King County solid waste facilities let customers see average wait times
King County's Solid Waste Division is helping customers make more informed decisions about where and when to dispose of their waste and recycling. With the installation of new web cameras, customers will be able to view the line of vehicles waiting to enter six of the division's busiest transfer stations.

Sept. 27, 2016

Modest solid waste rate increase will help County update facilities, add recycling options
For the first time since 2013, King County will increase its solid waste disposal fee, and residents who pay for curbside collection service as well as customers who use a County solid waste facility will see a modest increase in disposal rates. The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2017, and will help pay for the modernization of solid waste management and recycling systems.

Sept. 14, 2016

KOMO4 News: Green Your Bathroom (YouTube)
KOMO4's Molly Shen and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out ways to go green too when you're in the loo!

Aug. 18, 2016

King County holds C&D recycling workshops (external)
King County Solid Waste Division has scheduled a series of workshops to help construction professionals recycle C&D materials at county-designated facilities — Construction and Demolition Recycling Magazine.

Aug. 17, 2016

Learn new King County construction and demolition recycling rules at free workshops
New rules are in place for recycling construction and demolition materials in King County, and the King County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a series of educational workshops to help the construction industry understand the new policies.

Aug. 11, 2016

Cutting commercial food waste is goal of new King County grant program
The King County Solid Waste Division has awarded grants to two businesses and one city that are trying new ways of reducing food waste.

Aug. 3, 2016

KOMO4 News: Rain Gardens (YouTube)
How and why to put a rain garden on your property, with stormwater management and sustainability experts John Phillips from King County's Wastewater Treatment Division and Frances Kuo from ECOSS, joining King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO's Molly Shen.

July 21, 2016

Swimming in stuff? Join our ‘Buy Nothing Month’ (external)
Think about how not to throw anything away, as well as how not to buy anything—Sarah Stuteville's Seattle Globalist column in the Seattle Times quotes King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

July 13, 2016

KOMO4 News: Eco Hair Care (YouTube)
Local green mom and environmental professional Angela Wallis and her daughters Elsa and baby Gwen help King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO4's Mary Nam show eco-friendly hair care ideas.

June 22, 2016

KOMO4 News: Recycling Solutions (YouTube)
How much are aluminum cans worth? What do you do with food takeout containers, plastic caps, small propane canisters or pet food bags? King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO4's Mary Nam have the answers.

June 9, 2016

King County extends ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ application deadline

June 1, 2016

KOMO4 News: Safe in the Sun (YouTube)
UW's Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO4's Mary Nam share tips – think sun-protective clothing, and lotion or stick sunscreen – for staying safe in the hot Seattle summer sun.

May 11, 2016

KOMO4 News: Preventing Food Waste (YouTube)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO4's Mary Nam show what 290 pounds of food – the amount each American wastes in a year! – looks like, and Tom shares tips for reducing all that food waste.

April 22, 2016

KOMO4 News: Earth Day (YouTube)
KOMO4's Molly Shen and King County's Tom Watson check out cool green innovations, including an electric bike from Electric Lady Bicycles, a Zero electric motorcycle, and the award-winning enviro innovation project AgriC from UW student team members Daniel Park, Xinyao (Jade) Ding, Andy Tan and Moni Pal.

April 21, 2016

Earth Day 2016 - Small daily actions can add up to big, earth-friendly changes
Proclaiming April 22 as "Earth Action Day" in King County, Executive Dow Constantine encourages residents to celebrate by taking up a new green lifestyle habit.

April 20, 2016

King County’s ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ list enters 10th year
Businesses can apply regardless of size or sector. Last year, the list included businesses ranging from airlines to elementary schools and community hospitals to pizzerias.

April 6, 2016

KOMO4 News: Repair Time (YouTube)
Fixing household items – keeping them out of the landfill! – is easier than you think. KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out creative repair solutions, from moldable glue to free community repair events to Seattle’s Rainy Pass Repair shop, specializing in outdoor equipment.

April 4, 2016

Repair, Don't Toss, for Earth Day! (external)
Learn how to embrace the rising repair movement in an article by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson in the AgeWise King County newsletter.

March 29, 2016

Fix it, don’t toss it, at free community repair events in Renton, Kent and Federal Way
Everyone knows the saying, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,' but with Earth Day coming up soon, it’s a great time to embrace a fourth 'R' – repair.

March 29, 2016

Sustainability careers (external)
The rewards and challenges of environmental careers - UW 360 TV program segment filmed at a recent University of Washington green careers event, featuring Alaska Airlines’ Jacqueline Drumheller, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and host Carolyn Douglas — from UWTV.

March 17, 2016

Application deadline extended for King County's Master Recycler Composter training program

March 16, 2016

KOMO4 News: Spring Clutter Busting (YouTube)
From paper shredding tips to space-saving t-shirt storage ideas to an entryway storage unit made from salvaged materials, KOMO4's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out fun ways to get a handle on your home – and office – clutter!

Feb. 25, 2016

King County Green Schools Program recognizes six schools, helps schools achieve results
Hundreds of schools from 33 cities in King County are reducing waste and recycling, conserving resources, and cutting costs with help from the King County Green Schools Program.

Feb. 3, 2016

KOMO4 News: Eco Kids (YouTube)
From Lego rentals to an innovative youth program called FEEST, KOMO4's Mary Nam, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and Elizabeth and Karishma from FEEST show how the youngest, and their parents, can be the greenest!

Jan. 19, 2016

KOMO4 News: Green Fitness (YouTube)
Your New Year’s resolution may be to “get lean,” but why not “go green” at the same time? KOMO4’s Molly Shen and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out an exercise bike that generates electricity, stylish yoga leggings made from plastic bottles, and more!

Jan. 14, 2016

Nominations sought for King County’s Earth Heroes at School awards program
King County is seeking nominations for the Earth Heroes at School program which recognizes students, teachers, staff, volunteers, programs and even entire schools that protect the environment and teach others to do the same.

Jan. 5, 2016

King County approves recycling facilities ahead of construction and demolition disposal ban
Taking another step toward reducing waste, King County is increasing the number of private businesses that can take readily recyclable construction and demolition (C&D) material.

2015 News & topics archive

Dec. 24, 2015

KCPQ13 News: Holiday Recycling - What goes where? (external)
King County's Tom Watson and KCPQ's Brien Blakely recycle the holidays, showing what you should do with everything from a broken toy to that failed holiday baking project.

Dec. 23, 2015

KOMO4 News: Holiday Recycling (YouTube)
Marilyn Lauderdale from Styro Recycle in Kent joins KOMO4’s Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson to show how some common, hard-to-recycle holiday waste items get recycled.

Dec. 18, 2015

Green your holiday season with King County
As we celebrate the winter holidays this year, we can also celebrate the new regional and global commitment to climate change action and awareness with fun and money-saving resources from King County’s Green Holidays program.

Dec. 2, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Holidays (YouTube)
Bridget Charters from the Tom Douglas restaurants’ Hot Stove Society cooking school joins KOMO4’s Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson as they check out an “experience gift” (cooking school classes), as well as a great green water conservation gift and fun Christmas and Hanukkah decorations.

Nov. 18, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Thanksgiving (YouTube)
From the turkey and side dishes to the pre-meal snack tray to the table decorations, KOMO4’s Mary Nam and Steve Pool and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson show how to make your Thanksgiving feast economical, local and eco-friendly!

Oct. 28, 2015

KOMO4 News: Eco-Cool Halloween – Costumes from Reused and Recycled Materials (YouTube)
Need a "green" costume idea? Fifth and sixth graders from the Southwest King County Boys & Girls Club afterschool program have fun with KOMO’s Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson, modeling Halloween costumes with a nature theme.

Oct. 26, 2015

New recycling and solid waste transfer station for south King County moves one step closer
Efforts will move forward this fall to replace King County’s 50-year-old solid waste transfer station in Algona with a modern recycling and transfer station in south King County.

Oct. 10, 2015

D.E.A. Effort to Curb Painkiller Abuse Falls Short at Pharmacies (external)
When the D.E.A. announced last year that pharmacies could accept and destroy customers’ unwanted prescription drugs, experts called it a significant step toward easing the painkiller and heroin epidemic. One year later, however, only about 1 percent of American pharmacies have set up disposal programs—from The New York Times.

Oct. 7, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Kitchen Makeover (YouTube)
KOMO’s Mary Nam and King County’s Tom Watson have fun with innovative kitchen items including a custom island made from salvaged materials from Ballard Reuse, cutting boards from Seattle’s Ruby Pear Woodworks, the Ecotonix Green Cycler shredder/food scraps bin, air-tight lids from Charles Viancin, made-in-the-US cast-iron pans from Finex and Lodge, and a vintage ice-cream scoop from Tom’s mom.

Sept. 29, 2015

King County pushes to help limit waste (external)
People are throwing away items that can easily be used again, in one form or another. These seemingly useless items can have a new purpose with the new "threadcyle" program — from KING5's New Day.

Sept. 16, 2015

KOMO4 News: Clean Green Home (YouTube)
Go green and save money with your home cleaning! KOMO’s Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out new products, new ideas and a new common hazard for kids.

August 2015

King County, WA's Solid Waste Division: Collaboration and Innovation (external)
Through education, policy and partnerships, King County's Solid Waste Division is working to achieve its goals of zero waste and 70 percent recycling — from WasteAdvantage Magazine.

Aug. 26, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Back-to-School (YouTube)
From thrift store finds to a solar backpack, KOMO's Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out fun ways to go green and save money with back-to-school shopping.

Aug. 7, 2015

Expanded, improved recycling services at King County's Vashon Recycling and Transfer Station
Vashon residents now have more recycling options than ever, and thanks to new efficient compactors, King County is cutting carbon emissions and costs to transport collected recyclables.

Aug. 5, 2015

KOMO4 News: Eco-Friendly Critter Control (YouTube)
Make your own fruit fly trap with wine, hire a professional to vacuum up wasps, or sprinkle coyote urine around your vegetable plants! King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO’s Mary Nam have fun with creative, pesticide-free solutions for your summertime insect and critter problems.

July 30, 2015

Decluttering Just Got Easier
Free home collection services for seniors are featured in an article by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson in the AgeWise King County newsletter.

July 20, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Grilling (YouTube)
KOMO’s Mary Nam and Steve Pool have fun with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson checking out greener ways to grill, from energy-conserving and less-polluting grills from Aqua Quip, to sustainable salmon and veggies from Central Co-op, farmers markets and gardens.

July 17, 2015

King County Executive honors ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’
Businesses small and large across King County are being honored for their commitment to recycling and waste prevention - diverting tons of recyclable materials from the landfill and saving resources.

June 24, 2015

KOMO4 News: Keep Cool – Save Energy (YouTube)
From innovative fans to sliding, adjustable screens to window and portable AC units, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO's Mary Nam show how to keep cool in this hot weather but not fry the planet.

June 3, 2015

King County Green Schools Program honors 55 schools as they help cut waste, save resources
Schools from 33 cities and 15 school districts across King County have engaged students and employees in conservation practices that cut waste, increase recycling and conserve water and energy with the Green Schools Program.

May 13, 2015

KOMO4 News: Thrift Store Fashion (YouTube)
KOMO’s Mary Nam and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out fashions that are examples of the stylish clothes now available at many local thrift stores. The women’s clothes shown here are from the Seattle Children’s Hospital Bargain Boutique thrift store in Kent and are modeled by store volunteerss Twyla and Jordan and Jordan’s daughter Abigail.

May 5, 2015

King County honors its Earth Heroes
Students, teachers, and other members of the school community in King County who inspire and educate others by showing how simple, everyday conservation actions can contribute to a healthier planet were honored at the annual Earth Heroes at School ceremony.

April 22, 2015

KCPQ TV – Earth Day (external)
Earth Day events and toilet-paper roll crafts! Kaci Aitchison and M.J. McDermott have fun with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

April 22, 2015

KOMO4 News: Happy Earth Day 2015 (YouTube)
For Earth Day, KOMO's Molly Shen and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out green innovations, including scrap-metal wildlife sculptures from artist Travis Pond, flexible solar lighting with the UWs Caitlin Cramer, and an easy-to-use, affordable home air quality monitor.

April 14, 2015

King County ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ list seeks nominees
Annual list recognizes businesses in King County that are doing a great job of preventing waste and promoting recycling - and nominations are now being accepted for recognition in 2015.

April 1, 2015

Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Vashon, April 17-19
Vashon-Maury residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Vashon Island

April 1, 2015

Make Earth Day Count
Ten ideas for positive environmental actions we can start now, to really make this year's Earth Day (April 22) mean something—article by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson in the King County AgeWise newsletter.

March 17, 2015

Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Redmond, April 3-5
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Redmond

March 11, 2015

KOMO4 News: Don't Trash that Food (YouTube)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO's Molly Shen show how to deal with food waste, from using cool containers and compostable bags, to taking stickers off fruit, to buying ugly veggies.

March 2, 2015

Nominations sought for King County's Earth Heroes at School awards program
Program honors outstanding efforts to educate youth, protect environment

Feb. 27, 2015

King County Green Schools Program recognizes six schools, helps schools achieve results

Feb. 25, 2015

KCPQ TV – Threadcycle (YouTube)
Newscast reports on Threadcycle—that damaged clothes aren't garbage anymore, and all clothes, shoes and linens can be given for reuse and recycling.

Feb. 24, 2015

KING TV Evening News – Threadcycle (external)
Environmental reporter Gary Chittim speaks with Solid Waste Division’s Kris Beatty and reports on King County and Seattle thrift stores that want all clothes, shoes, and linens—not just those that are “gently used.”

Feb. 18, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Lighting (YouTube)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO’s Mary Nam light up your life with the latest in energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs, and show how compact fluorescent lamps (CFL bulbs) and fluorescent tubes get recycled.

Jan. 28, 2015

KOMO4 News: How Recycling Works (YouTube)
How does all that stuff you recycle get turned into new products and packaging? King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO's Mary Nam explore the fascinating industrial side of recycling.

Jan. 20, 2015

Expanded recycling for bulbs, tubes with mercury offered at King County transfer stations
Thanks to a new statewide product stewardship law that resulted in the LightRecycle Washington program.

Jan. 20, 2015

Don't forget the green at your Seahawks Super Bowl party (external)
Go green with these party tips for setup, picking your drinks, and eco-friendly chow. Blog by Tracy Durnell—from the City of Kirkland Environmental Services.

Jan. 8, 2015

CCTV News: Recyclers find innovative new uses for old Christmas trees (external)
Report by Chris Casquejo featuring King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and West Seattle Nursery—from CCTV America's Global Business program.

Jan. 8, 2015

Coalition of King County Cities Adopt Formal Goals In Climate Pact audio (external)
Leaders representing more than 60 percent of the county’s population have now signed on to goals outlined by the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration —from KPLU.

Jan. 7, 2015

KOMO4 News: Green Cleaning (YouTube)
Does your home need a good cleaning after the holidays? King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KOMO's Mary Nam demonstrate eco-friendly, almost fun ways to tackle that chore.

2014 News & topics archive

Dec. 26, 2014

Green goals: Simple ways to make a difference in 2015 (PDF, 94 K)
We can make sure eco-consciousness plays a key role in our life by including at least one green goal on our 2015 list. Consider these timely choices for enviro-resolutions—from The Seattle Times.

Dec. 26, 2014

Q13 News: Pro tips on what you can recycle this holiday season (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and Kelly O’Connell recycle the holidays—from KCPQ13 News.

Dec. 19, 2014

KING5 News: Legislature to consider paint recycling program (external)
King County is supporting a bill proposed for the next state legislative session that would create a statewide paint take-back and recycling program.

Dec. 17, 2014

KOMO4 News: Green Holiday Entertaining (YouTube)
In this action-packed segment, KOMO's Mary Nam and Steve Pool and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson have too much fun with ideas for greening your holiday parties and dinners.

Dec. 17, 2014

Rise in wasted food marks holiday season
American households toss out 25 percent of the food and drink they buy, adding up to more than $130 every month, and that number rises even higher during the holidays. King County can help you find ways to toss less, save more.

Dec. 15, 2014

King County makes it easier to celebrate ‘Green Holidays’
King County program offers advice and resources to reduce waste during holidays, such as Styrofoam packaging disposal, Christmas light recycling, fair-trade gifts

Dec. 12, 2014

Put holiday waste in its place by reducing and recycling (PDF, 977 K)
Holiday recycling is the gift that keeps on giving—King County EcoConsumer column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times

Dec. 3, 2014

KOMO4 News: Green and Local Food Gifts (YouTube)
KOMO's Molly Shen and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out great holiday gift ideas, including food books by local authors, locally-produced foods, and homemade muffins made from insects (cricket flour). All were delicious!

Nov. 28, 2014

Unique ideas for giving green holiday gifts (PDF, 50 K)
You don't need to keep recycling the same green gift ideas. This year, let's shake it up a little and get quirky, cool and distinctive with our holiday gifts—King County EcoConsumer column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Nov. 19, 2014

KOMO4 News: DIY Green Holiday Gifts (YouTube)
KOMO's Mary Nam and Steve Pool and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson have fun checking out some cool examples!

Oct. 28, 2014

KOMO4 News: Recycled Costume Ideas (YouTube)
EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam have fun featuring Halloween costumes from reused and recycled materials! This year's theme is plants and animals, with costumes modeled by Paulina, Alex, Victoria, Leslie and Iván from the El Centro de la Raza after school program, accompanied by their teacher Maria Rico.

Oct. 6, 2014

Work underway to replace aging, undersized Factoria Transfer Station with better facility
Existing station will remain open for business throughout construction; New facility to include wide range of recycling options.

Oct. 3, 2014

When life gives you a yard full of leaves, make compost (PDF, 110 K)
Leaves not only produce good compost, but also good exercise for those who rake them, typically burning off 150 calories in 30 minutes, according to Harvard Health.—Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Oct. 10, 2014

Celebrating 25th anniversary, Wastemobile makes final stop in Bothell, Oct. 24-26
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes its final stop of the year, Oct. 24-26, in Bothell.

Oct. 7, 2014

Celebrating 25th anniversary, Wastemobile collects household hazardous waste in Duvall, Oct. 17-19
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Duvall, Oct. 17-19.

Sep. 25, 2014

Celebrating 25th anniversary, Wastemobile collects household hazardous waste in Redmond, Oct. 3-5
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Redmond, Oct. 3-5.

Sept. 12, 2014

Executive's budget to call for accelerating energy efficiency projects throughout King County
Innovative 'Fund to Reduce Energy Demand' would finance capital upgrades that pay for themselves over time, and help meet climate targets faster.

Sep. 9, 2014

Celebrating 25th anniversary, Wastemobile collects household hazardous waste in Burien Sept. 26-28
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Burien, Sept. 26-28.

Sept. 8, 2014

KCPQ Morning News – Safer cosmetics (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson joins Kaci Aitchison for one of her segments at Dr. Jen's House of Beauty in Seattle, highlighting health and environmental issues with many personal care products, and showing fun alternatives.

Aug. 25, 2014

Celebrating 25th anniversary, Wastemobile collects household hazardous waste in Covington Sept. 5-7
Using household hazardous waste service helps keep King County clean, safe.

Aug. 15, 2014

Celebrating 25th anniversary, Wastemobile collects household hazardous waste in Renton Aug. 22-24
Customers who safely dispose of household hazardous waste can win great prizes as they help protect the environment.

Aug. 12, 2014

Tool lending library starts up on Vashon Island (external)
Story by Sarah Low—Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber newspaper.

Aug. 6, 2014

KOMO4 News: Green Sharing Services (YouTube)
The "sharing economy" reduces waste and conserves resources! Tom shows anchor Mary Nam fun examples of fruit sharing, bike sharing, car sharing, fabric swapping and wedding décor rental.

July 24, 2014

Food: Too Good To Waste on New Day NW: Smart shopping and storing tips to eliminate food waste (external)
Between brown bananas, moldy bread, and old leftovers, there's a good chance we've all wasted food this week. But how much is that food waste actually costing you? —from KING5 news.

July 15, 2014

KOMO4 News: Recycled Art (YouTube)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam check out fantastic art made from reused and recycled materials by artists Russ Morgan, Darcy Thompson, Dean Robertson, Diem Chau, Julia Haack and Kate Hunt.

July 8, 2014

Families toss 1 in 4 bags of groceries: King County shares tips to reduce food waste

July 3, 2014

King County announces 'Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling' list
King County's Solid Waste Division is honoring 97 local companies for adopting business practices that reduce waste and increase recycling, naming them "Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling for 2014."

June 17, 2014

"Get Jesse" goes after unwanted catalogs (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson helps Get Jesse's Jesse Jones look into a case of catalog overkill—from KING5 news.

May 30, 2014

Garden product safety info now available through new Grow Smart, Grow Safe® iPhone app
New app lists 1,000-plus lawn and garden chemicals, offers natural gardening tips

May 16, 2014

Lawn care: How to keep it safe and simple (PDF, 85 K)
To help us break the yard chemical habit, let's look at five common reasons consumers choose these products, and why they don't hold water—Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

May 14, 2014

Time running out to apply for King County ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention, Recycling’ list
June 13 deadline to get on annual list recognizing exceptional waste prevention and recycling efforts

May 14, 2104

Earth Day is Every Day: Local Solutions to Global Problems (external)
The national ClimateMama climate change awareness blog features the King County EcoConsumer program's new videos.

May 14, 2014

KOMO4 News: Green Jobs (YouTube)
Green jobs help reduce climate change and more! To illustrate the wealth of green job opportunities available, EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam are joined by special guests Joshua Bennett with Nova Solar Windows, Julie Quach with Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces and Jenna Walenga with the City of Bellevue's Tracks program.

May 8, 2014

King County 'Recicla mas' Spanish-language recycling campaign earns top outreach honor
King County’s “Recicla más. ¡Es facilísimo!,” (Recycle more. It’s easy to do!) campaign took home the WSRA’s Recycler of the Year award in the public education category.

April 24, 2014

Rebuilt Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station earns LEED platinum green building rating

April 22, 2014

KOMO4 News: Earth Day (YouTube)
EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam have fun celebrating Earth Day with special guests Michaelene Fowler (modeling green Eileen Fisher fashions), Susan Gregory from Sustainable NE Seattle and Alex Currier from True Blue Aquaponics.

April 21, 2014

King County honoring its Earth Heroes
Environmental stewards to be recognized at May 1 event

April 18, 2014

Local celebrities speak out on environment
King County EcoConsumer Earth Day campaign addresses climate change with action, fun

April 16, 2014

Apply now for King County 'Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling' list
Annual list recognizes exceptional waste prevention and recycling efforts; King County businesses must apply by June 13 deadline

April 2, 2014

KOMO4 News: Green Kitchen (YouTube)
EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam have fun with eco-friendly ideas for the kitchen.

March 27, 2014

King County Spanish-language education program 'Recicla más. ¡Es facilísimo!' honored
King County's work to help get the word out about recycling programs and services to non-English speaking constituents has been honored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

March 12, 2014

KOMO4 News: Eco-Babies (YouTube)
It's never been easier to go green and save money on baby products and supplies! EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows anchor Molly Shen fun and innovative ideas, joined by proud parents Jeanette and Trent Jurgensen with baby Elliott.

March 12, 2014

King County continues leadership of regional sustainability planning with roundtable series
King County Executive Dow Constantine will highlight the County’s ongoing commitment to addressing climate change during remarks at the Sustainable Cities Roundtable fifth-anniversary event, Thursday, March 13 at the Bullitt Center (external) in Seattle.

March 10, 2014

10 Creative Green Ways Families Can Save Some Green (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares easy tips to save cash and resources—from ParentMap.

March 4, 2014

GoGreen Seattle: Going beyond business and sustainability as usual
2014 Keynotes Feature King County Executive Dow Constantine, Tesla Co-Founder Kimbal Musk and Darigold CEO Jim Wegner

Feb. 26, 2014

EnviroStars team wins Grand Award
Local businesses recognized for environmental efforts

Feb. 12, 2014

Give your business a green EnviroStars valentine
We heart local businesses, helping them out with sustainable practices and marketing support

Jan. 27, 2014

Learn how to recycle more through free King County program
Master Recycler Composter classes teach others to waste less, recycle more; Sign up by April 30.

Jan. 14, 2014

Nominations sought for King County's Earth Heroes at School awards program
Honoring outstanding efforts to educate youth, protect environment; program nominations are due March 10 for the 2014 awards.

Jan. 10, 2014

Keep King County clean and green - report illegal dumping

Jan. 7, 2014

Convenient hazardous waste disposal available year-round in King County
Get rid of old car batteries, oil, solvents and other household hazardous waste through a program that is available to all King County residents, at no charge.

2013 News & topics archive

Dec. 27, 2013

Christmas tree recycling is easy and affordable for King County residents
King County encourages everyone to start the new year on a green note by recycling their Christmas trees, rather than throwing them in the garbage.

Dec. 24, 2013

Q13 News: Recycle the holidays (external)
Wrapping paper, Christmas cards, Styrofoam, the turkey carcass, the wreath – after the holidays, where does it all go? King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares holiday recycling and waste reduction tips with morning news anchor Kaci Aitchison—from KCPQ13 News.

Dec. 20, 2013

Flow of landfill gas to energy plant resumes after King County repairs, tests pipeline
Gas created from decomposing garbage once again going to facility that scrubs, transfers landfill gas from Cedar Hills Regional Landfill to natural gas pipeline

Dec. 17, 2013

King County investigates cause of break in landfill gas pipe
Cold weather in the single digits among factors being investigated

Dec. 11, 2013

KOMO4 News: Green and Local Holiday Gifts (YouTube)
From Sasquatch's stocking to a homemade gift from a toilet-paper roll, EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Molly Shen check out fun, green and locally-made gift ideas.

Dec. 9, 2013

Updated King County green building policy tops in nation for facility sustainability, performance
New policy guides construction and renovation projects to ensure County's continued leadership in resource use, conservation

Dec. 4, 2013

King County helps you go green for the holiday season (external)
Holiday waste reduction has never been easier, and King County's Green Holidays program is here to help—from the Tukwila Reporter.

Nov. 27, 2013

KOMO4 News: Green Holiday Decorating (YouTube)
Use those old coffee-cup sleeves, popsicle sticks, branches from the yard and even broken CDs to make holiday decorations! EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows anchor Molly Shen a few fun ideas.

Nov. 26, 2013

Help protect your pipes – and save money – by recycling used cooking oil and fats
Give post-feast grease a new life as environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.

Nov. 13, 2013

KOMO4 News: Green Your Ride (YouTube)
Car upholstery made from recycled water bottles. Used motor oil recycling. An electric vehicle for car-pooling. Even baby car seat recycling! EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Molly Shen check out these and other fun ways to reduce the environmental impact from cars and driving.

Nov. 8, 2013

King County Parks seeks public comments on new rules that crack down on illegal dumping
Cleaning dumpsites take funds, staff away from other management work; Citizens invited to review, comment on illegal dumping rules proposals by Dec. 23

Oct. 11, 2013

Redeveloped Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station offers wide range of recycling options

Oct. 4, 2013

Make sure food waste is part of home's recycling plan (PDF, 60 K)
If you're a food scraps recycling skeptic, it's time to reconsider. If you already recycle your food scraps, we'll offer a few tips to make it even easier—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times

Oct. 2, 2013

KOMO4 News: Eco-Friendly Bathrooms (YouTube)
Checking out a water-efficient toilet, a composting toilet, a cool baby bathtub and more, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam get green in the bathroom.

Sept. 23, 2013

New King County effort to cut down food waste (external)
We spend thousands of dollars every year on groceries and we waste thousands of dollars every year throwing good food away. A new King County program is hoping to change that—video from KING 5 News promoting the Food: Too Good to Waste education campaign.

Sept. 18, 2013

King County campaign takes a bite out of household food waste
Food is expensive and valuable, yet Americans throw away 25 percent of the food they purchase. To reduce food waste, the King County Solid Waste Division has launched the Food: Too Good to Waste education campaign.

Sept. 18, 2013

KOMO4 News: "Green" and Healthy Fast Food (YouTube)
Fast food doesn’t have to be junk food! EcoConsumer Tom Watson, anchor Mary Nam and weatherman Steve Pool have fun checking out and sampling local and sustainable fast food.

Aug. 28, 2013

KOMO4 News: Eco-Cool Back-to-School (YouTube)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam check out fun ways to get your green on as kids of all ages head back to school.

July 26, 2013

Steps can be taken now to avoid issues (PDF, 68 K)
Making drainage and rain-collection improvements this summer will help ensure that water doesn’t wreak havoc in your yard or home this winter—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times

July 16, 2013

King County Executive announces ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’
Now in its seventh year, program recognizes 89 local organizations for exceptional waste reduction efforts.

July 3, 2013

King County Green Schools Program honors 39 schools for conservation
Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across King County earned recognition in June for their successful conservation practices from the County’s Green Schools Program.

June 28, 2013

You’ve got options when dealing with weeds (PDF, 69 K)
Using chemical weed killers may seem like "science." But for consumers, it’s a crapshoot—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

June 17, 2013

Green your summer – Weekday on KUOW radio (external)
From grilling to lawn care, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares tips and answers questions from listeners on Weekday with host Marcie Sillman. Click on "Listen." The EcoConsumer segment runs from 10:20 to 28:20.

June 3, 2013

King County brownfields program manager wins national leadership award
Lucy Auster, manager of King County's successful Brownfields Program, has won a leadership award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP).

May 17, 2013

Green, green grass of home (PDF, 87 K)
Tailor your lawn to your lifestyle by taking advantage of the many innovative options available for lawn care and lawn alternatives—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column, reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

April 23, 2013

Earth Week events offer chances to learn more, do more about environment
King County provides green tips, resources, events that show how it’s ‘Easy Being Green’ on Earth Day and beyond

April 22, 2013

Washington State Ferry terminals earn highest EnviroStars rating
Ten state ferry terminals meet high environmental standards, including three terminals in King County.

April 20, 2013

Clothes recycling goes curbside as demand rises (external)
Cities are going curbside to collect even the worn, torn and tattered—from USA Today.

April 19, 2013

King County Green Globe Awards – Recognizing Outstanding achievement in Environmental Stewardship
The Green Globe award is the most prestigious environmental award presented by King County every two years. The award recognizes projects that excel in leadership and activities that foster stewardship by protecting the environment, managing natural resources and benefiting the community.

March 12, 2013

Learn how to recycle more through free King County program
Master Recycler Composter class participants teach others how to waste less and recycle more.

Mar. 1, 2013

King County Green Schools Program honors 8 schools, 2 districts for resource conservation.

Feb. 4, 2013

King County reaches ambitious goal of 50 percent renewable energy
Capturing landfill gas from decomposing garbage among innovative means of generating renewable energy.

Jan. 25, 2013

Keeping house clean doesn't have to be expensive (PDF, 80 K)
Follow simple steps to reduce your chemical dependence and save money as you come clean—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson's column, reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

2012 News & topics archive

Dec. 26, 2012

KCPQ13 News: Post-Christmas recycling (video) (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and morning news anchor Kaci Aitchison wade through all the post-holiday recyclables, from gift wrap to old electronics—from KCPQ13 News.

Dec. 19, 2012

King County's Take it Back Network expands to include mattresses
New partners join King County in taking lead to reduce number of mattresses in landfills.

Dec. 13, 2012

KIRO7 News: Holiday Recycling (YouTube)
Styro Recycle's Marilyn Lauderdale and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson show reporter John Knicely some tips for holiday recycling—from KIRO7 News.

Nov. 21, 2012

Save your pipes after the feast by taking used cooking oil to a recycling facility in King County
General Biodiesel, King County partner to collect used cooking oil so that it won't clog pipes but will be given a second life as biodiesel fuel.

Nov. 14, 2012

Green Thanksgiving with the King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson
Tom and the KOMO4 News team sample green and local Thanksgiving foods, check out a fun eco-centerpiece, and ways to store your left-overs. And don't forget to recycle your used cooking oil.

Oct. 17, 2012

Free scrap metal recycling coming to Vashon Recycling and Transfer station

August 16, 2012

Raising the roof no tall order for King County (external)
The King County Solid Waste Division’s Houghton Transfer Station is providing a blueprint on how to renovate, update and bring aging facilities into the modern era by reusing a lot of the existing components

July 25, 2012

King County Executive honors 92 local companies and non-profits for waste prevention and recycling
Organizations named as ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’

July 9, 2012

Bow Lake Transfer Station opens new transfer building, recycling services, as project continues
Transfer station expansion brings much-needed updates and efficiencies to County's busiest solid waste transfer station

June 12, 2012

King County receives national award for innovative alkaline battery recycling program
Cost-effective local recycling effort better for the environment, saves money

June 12, 2012

King County Green Schools Program honors 64 schools, 2 districts for conservation

June 12, 2012

Join King County Parks' recycling, waste reduction crew and see Marymoor concerts – free!

May 16, 2012

KOMO4 News (Windows Media)
In his regular EcoConsumer segment, King County's Tom Watson shows anchor Mary Nam "Which Waste Goes Where" for tricky items such as plastic and paper cups, shredded paper, aluminum foil and plastic bags.

May 2, 2012

King County looking for 'Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling'
June 29 deadline for businesses seeking recognition for solid waste cutting programs

April 24, 2012

2011 Department of Natural Resources and Parks Annual Report
Environmental Stewardship in King County, the 2011 Annual Report for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, describes the department, what it was tasked to do and what it accomplished in 2011.

April 23, 2012

King County Executive congratulates Issaquah School District on earning recognition for resource conservation

April 17, 2012

KING5 Morning News (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KING5 features reporter Christie Johnson check out green packaging and products at the grocery store, live at Central Market in Shoreline.

April 17, 2012

Go green at the grocery store for Earth Day

April 5, 2012

King County continues ongoing dialogue with landfill neighbors at April 25 meeting

March 30, 2012

See how King County protects environment; 2011 DNRP annual report now available
Residents can learn how their County's natural resources are managed by reading the Department of Natural Resources and Parks 2011 annual report, "Environmental Stewardship in King County."

March 28, 2012

King County honoring its Earth Heroes
Executive Constantine to recognize environmental stewards at April 26 event

Feb. 10, 2012

Sustainable EnviroStars businesses featured at Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Landscapers, garden designers use fewer chemicals for healthy, beautiful gardens

Feb. 9, 2012

Swedish Medical Center grounds crews go green and save money, earn EnviroStars honor
Using fewer pesticides leads to savings for local health care provider

Feb. 8, 2012

Study reveals complex picture of greenhouse gas emissions in King County
Goods and services from outside county more than double local carbon footprint

Jan. 31, 2012

King County Green Schools Program honors four schools for resource conservation
Four King County schools have earned recognition for their resource conservation efforts from the County’s Green Schools Program, which has helped hundreds of schools to engage their students and staff in conservation actions.

Jan. 9, 2012

King County seeks nominations for Earth Heroes at School awards
Program honors outstanding efforts to educate youth, protect environment

Jan. 3, 2012

Several easy and affordable options for Christmas tree recycling in King County

2011 News & topics archive

Dec. 15, 2011

Mariners help King County promote Green Holidays (YouTube)
At a media event at Safeco Field for the King County Green Holidays program, fruitcake pitching helped illustrate holiday waste reduction. King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson was joined by Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, University of Washington softball player Kelli Seguro and local youth baseball players for the event, which also highlighted Safeco Field's impressive recycling program—from KOMO4 News.

Dec. 15, 2011

Pitch for a greener holiday season
Mariners team with King County to raise awareness about reducing holiday waste

Nov. 29, 2011

Food scraps return as compost to fuel community garden (external)
Turning trash to treasure – or, at least, rich compost – could lengthen the landfill’s lifespan — from the Issaquah Press.

Nov. 22, 2011

Help protect your pipes – and save money – by recycling used cooking oil and fats
Partnerships offer safe, easy disposal and recycling of unwanted cooking fats

Nov. 17, 2011

Issaquah neighborhood food scraps go full circle, help community garden (external)
Issaquah gardeners went bananas Wednesday, after a community compost project turned food scraps into food for plants — from the Issaquah Reporter.

Oct. 26, 2011

King County honors employees with ‘Excellence in Building Green’ awards
Highlighted projects save money and resources, cut waste

Oct. 5, 2011

King County encourages plastic bag recycling through annual ‘bag your bags’ campaign

Oct. 3, 2011

King County launches campaign to improve construction jobsite diversion, recycling
Local companies encouraged to apply to be a 'CleanBin' jobsite

Sept. 28, 2011

New partnership gives old bikes, bike parts second life through recycling, refurbishing
Unwanted bicycles and old bike parts that might normally end up in the scrap metal bin can now have a second life, thanks to a new partnership between King County, Bike Works and CleanScapes.

Sept. 15, 2011

Updated directory helps King County businesses safely manage hazardous waste
‘Yellow Book’ puts comprehensive hazardous waste information at the fingertips.

Sept. 12, 2011

New King County solid waste rate supports modernization of 1960's-era transfer stations
County Council's unanimous approval of 1-year increase from $95 to $109 per ton; King County solid waste disposal rates remain among the lowest in the region

Aug. 30, 2011

Learn about where your garbage goes: Tour King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill
Sept. 10 guided tour highlights innovative and leading-edge management.

Aug. 24, 2011

Residents donate 400 pounds of scraps for trash-to-treasure composting effort (external)
The festering pile in Donna Misner’s driveway included more than 400 pounds collected from residents in the Sycamore neighborhood near downtown Issaquah — from the Issaquah Press.

Aug. 24, 2011

How a banana peel gets recycled
King County helps Issaquah neighbors step up their food scrap recycling; Resulting compost donated to enrich local community food bank harvest.

Aug. 19, 2011

King County’s ‘EcoCribz’ - part II tells story of healthy energy retrofit
In these tough economic times, some folks might be considering a remodel of their current home, rather than buying a new place.

Aug. 17, 2011

King County recognized by NACo for innovative county government project
King County was recently recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its “Shingles in Paving” project, designated “Best in Category” for the Environmental Protection and Energy category.

Aug. 16, 2011

Say ‘No!’ to junk mail with new King County EcoConsumer online service
King County residents can now make unwanted mail go away with just a few clicks on their computer.

Aug. 15, 2011

King County seeks citizens to serve on committee, offer input on solid waste issues
The King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) reviews and advises the County on solid waste policy and operational issues.

Aug. 9, 2011

County plans major upgrade at destination for Issaquah trash (external)
The King County Solid Waste Division is reaching out to customers and residents to explain how the project could impact garbage collection.

July 26, 2011

King County Seeks New Members for the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)
SWAC is made up of between 9 and 20 volunteers who provide input to the King County Solid Waste Division on garbage and recycling services and associated policies that affect county residents.

July 14, 2011

Promising results seen in King County paving project using recycled shingles (PDF, 2.3 MB)
Article about the Shingles in Paving Demonstration appears in the July 2011 issue of the American Public Works Association Reporter.

July 14, 2011

King County’s LinkUp Shingles in Paving Project has won a 2011 National Association of Counties Achievement Award, designated “Best of Category” in the Environmental Protection and Energy category. The award is one of only 16 “Best of Category” awards conferred in the recognition program, which highlights the most outstanding county model programs submitted to the awards competition.

July 8, 2011

Help King County promote recycling and waste reduction, and see Marymoor concerts – free!
King County Parks is seeking volunteers for its “Marymoor Recycling/Composting Volunteer Crew” at this summer’s Concerts at Marymoor series. Volunteers receive free entry and parking to the shows at which they volunteer.

July 1, 2011

King County announces 2011 Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction
89 local companies recognized for exceptional recycling efforts

June 7, 2011

Solid waste rate proposal supports long-term effort to modernize 1960’s-era transfer stations

June 8, 2011

King County Green Schools Program honors Bellevue School District and its 26 schools

May 27, 2011

Convenient alkaline battery disposal available at Wastemobile and other facilities
Common batteries can now be taken to hazardous waste disposal facilities

May 16, 2011

King County offers everyday "green" tips at annual Green Festival, May 21-22, in Seattle

May 11, 2011

Employee suggestions lead to requirement for reduced paper use in King County
New measures requiring 100-percent recycled-content paper and double-sided copying could save County up to $100,000 in annual cost of paper

May 6, 2011

King County’s ‘Recycle More Spring Cleaning Week’ helps residents clear out the clutter
Tips for easy spring cleaning that can help improve recycling, cut waste

May 5, 2011

King County seeks ‘Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction’ candidates
May 27 deadline for businesses seeking recognition for cutting waste

April 22, 2011

How to detox your home (external video)
Gary Chittim's Earth Day report on an Issaquah family’s efforts to reduce the toxics in their home and yard, with the help of King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—from KING5.com

April 21, 2011

Executive Constantine proposes next wave of King County actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change
Motion addresses near-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local impacts such as sea level rise and flooding

April 19, 2011

King County honors environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Executive Constantine to recognize winners at County's annual Earth Day Expo, April 22 at Westlake Plaza in Seattle

April 15, 2011

King County EcoConsumer encourages six-step Earth Day Detox for homes

March 30, 2011

See how King County protects environment; 2010 DNRP annual report now available
King County residents can learn how their county's natural resources are managed by reading the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) 2010 annual report.

March 30, 2011

King County honoring its Earth Heroes
Executive Constantine to recognize environmental stewards at April 14 event

March 3, 2011

Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection starts March 11 in Covington
Popular program in 22nd year of service; year-round Auburn location continues

Feb. 23, 2011

King County poised to be first in state to earn ‘e-Steward’ designation for responsible recycling of electronic waste
Legislation would require County agencies to pursue most responsible practices for disposing of obsolete computer monitors, TVs and cell phones

Feb. 10, 2011

Noted green architect Peter Calthorpe in King County to meet with leaders, tour ‘Z’ home
Famed urban designer advocates adapting urbanism to climate change

Jan. 31, 2011

Sale of emissions credits from landfill gas will net an estimated $500,000 a year from pioneering King County effort

Jan. 27, 2011

Deadline nears for free King County Master Recycler Composter program
Applications due by Feb. 3 and seven-week training begins Feb. 10.

Jan. 18, 2011

Scenic Hill Elementary first to reach top level of King County Green Schools Program
Scenic Hill is the first of more than 100 schools participating in the County’s Green Schools Program to achieve Level Three, signifying the school’s unparalleled commitment to being green.

Jan. 14, 2011

Unused drugs threat to environment, safety (PDF, 29 K)
Largely ignored just five years ago, drug disposal has bubbled to the surface as a significant environmental and public- safety concern—reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Jan. 3, 2011

Several easy and affordable options for Christmas tree recycling in King County

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2010 News & topics archive

Dec. 27, 2010

King County offers helpful tips for Christmas tree recycling

Dec. 23, 2010

Full access to Houghton Transfer Station resumes Jan. 24 after extensive upgrades
Customers urged to use other King County facilities until Jan. 24

Dec. 21, 2010

King County picked to road test national sustainable community rating system
As of 1 of 9 pilot STAR Communities nationally, King County will help refine software tools for advancing sustainable community development

Dec. 16, 2010

Wrapping and Giving Green (Windows Media video)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows KOMO anchor Mary Nam how to wrap presents with trash, and other cool green wrapping and gift ideas—from KOMO News.

Dec. 14, 2010

Green Holidays on Q13 “Mornings with Kaci” (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows KCPQ13 reporter Kaci Aitchison green holiday ideas.  Also showcasing the King County Green Holidays program in other segments with Kaci that morning, Tom showed her how to catapult fruitcake, while this segment highlighted the Cascade Harvest Coalition’s “eat local for the holidays” effort—from KCPQ13.

Dec. 1, 2010

‘Tis the Season for Symbols (external)
The green side of two prominent seasonal symbols, the Hanukkah Menorah and the Christmas tree—from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s monthly column on the KPLU Think Local website

Nov. 24, 2010

Catapulting compost! (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson illustrates – with a catapult – how to reduce holiday food scraps, and also has a sleighful of other green holidays tips for host Margaret Larson on New Day Northwest —from KING5.com

Nov. 18, 2010

Help protect your pipes – and save money – by recycling used cooking oil and fats
Partnerships offer safe, easy disposal and recycling of unwanted cooking fats

Nov. 15, 2010

Master Recycler Composter participants teach others how to cut the waste
King County’s Solid Waste Division is again offering a free, seven-week program that teaches the art of waste prevention and recycling.

Nov. 1, 2010

Firefighters help kids smash Halloween pumpkins – for the sake of recycling
King County event at Mosby Brothers Farm educates residents about the benefits of recycling all those leftover pumpkins

Oct. 20, 2010

King County’s new EcoCribz video makes green remodeling fun (Windows Media)
Herb Weisbaum’s weekly segment with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson features info about the new video and the Eco-Cool Remodel Tool – audio file from KOMO radio.

Oct. 20, 2010

King County’s online ‘EcoCribz’ videos show local homeowners how to remodel green
County hosting ‘Blog-a-Thon’ to help promote new show

Oct. 14, 2010

Promising results seen in King County paving project using recycled shingles
Enumclaw Plateau roadway paved with hot mix asphalt containing recycled asphalt shingles in near-perfect condition.

Sept. 28, 2010

King County finds the best and brightest recycling superstars
The creative talent of King County residents has been brought to light with the King County Solid Waste Division’s “Recycling Superstar” contest.

Sept. 8, 2010

Constantine named to board of leading local government association addressing climate change and sustainability
Group helps local governments reach climate, energy and sustainability goals

Aug. 24, 2010

Action by Council supports multi-year effort to modernize 1960’s-era transfer stations
King County’s effort to modernize its 50-year-old transfer stations moved forward Monday with King County Council approval of the final phase of construction on the Bow Lake Transfer Station in Tukwila.

Aug. 12, 2010

King County searching for best and brightest recycling superstars
Residents invited to share strong recycling habits to win local experience prizes.

Aug. 11, 2010

Recycling challenge (external video)
King County has challenged KCPQ’s Morning News team to a month-long garbage reduction and recycling challenge—from KCPQ-TV.

Aug. 6, 2010

Following trash (external)
A report on KCTS9 Connects takes a look at what’s in our garbage and where it goes. Featuring King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, the landfill’s methane recovery system and a panel discussion including Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer—from KCTS9.org.

July 30, 2010

US food waste worth more than offshore drilling (external)
More energy is wasted in the perfectly edible food discarded by people in the US each year than is extracted annually from the oil and gas reserves off the nation's coastlines—from New Scientist online.

July 16, 2010

King County names global green contest winners
From the Philippines to Germany to Kenya, the winning entries in King County's Green World Cup contest exemplify the best of green living around the world.

July 15, 2010

Houghton Transfer Station improvements mean closures, delays at solid waste facility
Starting July 26 and lasting into December, access to King County’s Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland will be restricted as crews complete a safety and mitigation project.

July 9, 2010

New director appointed to lead county Department of Natural Resources and Parks
King County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed Christie True to lead King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks. True currently serves as the director of DNRP’s Wastewater Treatment Division.

June 22, 2010

King County businesses get kudos for ramping up recycling (external)
Businesses are telling King County about how they are reducing their share of more than 200,000 tons of recycling material to the landfill last year—from The Seattle Times.

June 22, 2010

King County announces 2010 Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list
Companies find cutting waste is also a way to cut costs in tough economic climate

June 12, 2010

Brownfields help for White Center? County, feds, locals talk
Members of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council met with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), King County and Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) to discuss properties within White Center that could benefit from King County’s Brownfields program—from the White Center Now blog.

June 1, 2010

King County experts show you that ‘It´s Easy Being Green’ at the Green Festival
Stop by King County´s booth at the 3rd annual Green Festival and learn simple ways to live green.

May 25, 2010

Environmental living contest: King County launches ‘Green World Cup’
Residents invited to submit examples of ‘green living’ from around the world to celebrate World Cup 2010

April 26, 2010

Earth Day reflections: How green is my planet? (PDF, 29 K)
Earth Day 2010, observed this past Thursday and with events throughout April, affords us an opportunity to consider the history and future of the modern environmental movement—reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

April 21, 2010

Executive outlines King County’s green initiatives to protect environment
The 40th anniversary of Earth Day: a time to assess progress made and work yet to be done

April 20, 2010

Complete inventory of climate change pollution to help guide regional climate action
Effort will estimate emissions of all goods and services, help inform future plans

April 20, 2010

King County launches recycling campaign: ‘Bag your bags! Bring ‘em back’

April 20, 2010

King County honors Earth Heroes
Environmental stewards to be honored for significant contributions

March 31, 2010

See how King County protects environment; 2009 DNRP annual report now available
The Department of Natural Resources and Parks 2009 annual report, "Environmental Stewardship in King County," is now available online.

March 24, 2010

KOMO4 News: Green Fashion (Windows Media)
The Seattle area leads the way in eco-fashion, and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam check out some innovative examples shown by local designers and models.

March 8, 2010

King County applauds bill to create statewide program to take back fluorescent bulbs and tubes
Toxic mercury requires safe recycling of popular, highly efficient lamps

March 3, 2010

Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection starts March 12 in Covington
King County program in 21st year of service; year-round Auburn location continues

Feb. 26, 2010

King County Executive proposes passing on the savings from new efficiencies at county transfer stations
Fees would be slashed by one-third for haulers of yard waste and organics under legislation sent to County Council

Feb. 17, 2010

Green Gadgets (Windows Media)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows anchor Mary Nam some nifty green electronic gadgets, and uses a pile of old phones to explain how and why you should recycle your cell phone—video courtesy of KOMO4 News.

Feb. 3, 2010

Grow a sustainable backyard with free advice from King County at NW Flower & Garden Show
Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer, will be giving a talk - "Taking It to the Street: Creating edible parking strips" - on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7-7:45 p.m. in the Hood Room.

Feb. 1, 2010

Eleven King County schools recognized for recycling, resource conservation efforts
King County is honoring 11 schools for completing the first level of the Green Schools Program. Participating schools receive assistance on how to conserve resources such as paper, electricity and water, and they are often rewarded with reduced utility and garbage disposal costs.

Jan. 19, 2010

Rattle, whir, recycle (Windows Media, external)
At Allied Waste's plant, recyclable materials rattle through magnetic screens and whir on conveyor belts into bins that sort paper from metal. Watch this video to see how recyclables are sorted at this state of the art processing plant.

Jan. 12, 2010

Cold? Turn up the garbage (external)
In the past, the county would drill wells to pump out the gas to prevent fires or explosions and just flare it off. Now that same gas is expected to produce a million dollars in yearly income for the county—from King5.com.

Jan. 5, 2010

King County seeks nominations for Earth Heroes at Schools awards

Jan. 5, 2010

Don’t trash your Christmas tree…recycle it!

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2009 News & topics archive

Dec. 2, 2009

Arbor students build a bridge to help the environment (external)
The Arbor School in Sammamish now has a prettier, more accessible back yard, thanks to the work of its middle school students and a grant from King County—from the Sammammish Review.

Dec. 1, 2009

Thanksgiving leftovers piled on street for composting (external)
A Renton neighborhood piled a couple hundred pounds of rotting turkey carcasses, wilted lettuce and other Thanksgiving waste on its street to make a point about compost—from the Renton Reporter.

Nov. 30, 2009

Renton neighborhood gobbles Thanksgiving dinner, saves food scraps for recycling
King County invites residents to participate in ‘turkey carcass round-up’

Nov. 24, 2009

Don’t let used cooking oil go to waste!
King County's Wastewater Treatment Division and General Biodiesel are working together to keep grease out of the sewer system.

Oct. 29, 2009

Family plowing its way to zero waste (external)
A family of four has moved from the farm to an urban Puget Sound community and is now plowing its way to zero waste—from King5.com

Oct. 28, 2009

How green is that product? Seattle startup lets you know (external)
Think of it as Consumer Reports for the eco crowd—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Oct. 23, 2009

Halloween Challenge - Costumes from Reused and Recycled Materials (Windows Media)
We challenged several local residents to make "green" costumes using only items bought at Seattle Goodwill stores or found in their own homes. The kids steal the show as King County EcoConsumer Tom and anchor Mary Nam check out the imaginative, thrifty creations—video courtesy of KOMO4 News.

Oct. 19, 2009

Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None (external)
Across the nation, an antigarbage strategy known as "zero waste" is moving from the fringes to the mainstream, taking hold in school cafeterias, national parks, restaurants, stadiums and corporations—from The New York Times.

Sept. 23, 2009

King County brings down the roof … to the road
Innovative project recycles roofing shingles into new pavement for county road.

Sept. 3, 2009

King County wins four awards for excellence in information technology
The Solid Waste Division received a Digital Government Achievement Award (external) in the Government-to-Citizen category for the EcoCool Remodel Tool.

Aug. 28, 2009

Save the environment – recycle those fluorescent bulbs! (external)
If you believe the Internet rumors, fluorescent bulbs are sent to China to pollute the landscape there – not true! They go to the Total Reclaim processing facility in South Seattle—from KOMO News.

Aug. 17, 2009

King County's giant 'cube of food' on the road to Snoqualmie Railroad Days
477-pound cube of food equal to what an average family throws out each year.

Aug. 14, 2009

Let King County's free business recycling workshops help improve your bottom line
King CountyBusiness owners in King County can learn how to reduce waste, recycle more and cut their operating costs by participating in either of two workshops, scheduled for October.

Aug. 4, 2009

What can you do with those plastic nursery pots? (external)
Herb Weisbaum's "Consumer Minute" report includes comments from Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer—audio file from KOMO radio.

Aug. 1, 2009

Sort for Sport – Garbage-sorting competition raises recycling awareness. (external)
"Three…two…one…SORT!" With that and a sharp blow of the whistle from referee Tom Watson, three three-person teams dove into 75-households-worth of garbage—from Waste Age.

July 27, 2009

King County's giant 'cube of food' takes center stage at KUBE's Summer Jam
The cube is part of King County's "Recycle Food. It's Easy to Do." education campaign to teach people about food scrap recycling at home.

July 17, 2009

Easy, convenient hazardous waste disposal comes to south King County
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County has begun twice–a–month service of its popular Wastemobile hazardous waste program at the Auburn SuperMall.

July 15, 2009

Teams pull pounds of recyclables from garbage (external)
Nine Kent-area residents competed in sorting recyclables in a contest that promoted recycling and revealed common mistakes that consumers make—from The Seattle Times.

July 14, 2009

Trash talk: Garbage-sorting race spotlights recycling (external)
From The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

July 7, 2009

The Painter's Dilemma: Is it worth it to wash out my paintbrushes? (external)
It's true that cleaning your painting tools can be a water-intensive process—from Slate Magazine.

July 1, 2009

Seattle sets new city record for recycling (external)
The city of Seattle hit a new record for recycling in 2008, with half of its residential and commercial waste being recycled or composted rather than going to a landfill—from KOMO News.

June 29, 2009

Regular King County Wastemobile service coming to the Auburn SuperMall
Beginning July 17, the Wastemobile will be stationed at the northwest corner of the Auburn SuperMall, 1101 SuperMall Way (external), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

June 17, 2009

King County Green Schools Program honors 42 schools for recycling, resource conservation
From a small private Montessori school to a large public high school, 42 King County schools have earned recognition for their recycling and resource conservation efforts from the county's Green Schools Program.

June 17, 2009

King County Solid Waste Division honored for innovative programs, outreach efforts
Building on its national reputation for innovative solutions that save resources while keeping costs low and protecting the environment, the King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) is receiving national recognition for its public education campaigns and materials.

June 5, 2009

Bellevue schools embrace recycling, earn King County Green Schools Program honors
It's no secret that recycling and energy conservation programs can save a school district thousands of dollars a year in reduced disposal costs and lower power bills.

May 13, 2009

King County Green School Program earns statewide ‘Recycler of the Year’ honors
An innovative King County program aimed at helping schools and school districts to save natural resources and money was recognized this month by the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) with a “Recycler of the Year” award.

May 4, 2009

Shoreline Transfer and Recycling Station named a 2009 Public Works Project of the Year
Add another high-profile honor to the Shoreline Transfer and Recycling Station's impressive list of accolades. The King County facility, which features numerous environmentally sustainable attributes, this month was selected as a Public Works Project of the Year for 2009 by the American Public Works Association.

April 22, 2009

King County honors local school Earth Heroes
This year, six teachers, two students, a librarian, a principal, a teacher-custodian team are being recognized, a former King County Council member, plus one parent, five school programs for projects that range from a student-run espresso stand founded on sustainable principles, to comprehensive recycling programs that reduce garbage costs.

April 14, 2009

King County accepting applications for third-annual ‘Best Workplaces for Recycling’ list

April 8, 2009

Local leaders in environmental stewardship honored with King County Green Globe awards

April 7, 2009

Garbage today, energy for your home tomorrow (external)
What begins as truck-loads of trash will soon provide electricity to more than 20,000 homes across King County—from KOMO News.

April 6, 2009

King County, PSE, and Bio Energy-Washington teaming up to generate green energy from landfill gas
Methane from Cedar Hills could generate enough power for 24,000 area homes.

April 3, 2009

King County's GreenTools Program named to top 50 ‘Innovations in American Government’ list
A program that has helped usher in a green-building revolution in western Washington was today named as a top 50 finalist for the 2009 Innovations in American Government award, sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Institute of Democratic Governance and Innovation.

March 27, 2009

Try King County's EcoCool Remodel Tool at Green Festival, Saturday and Sunday in Seattle
Stop by King County's booth at the second-annual Green Festival this Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, and learn simple ways to green up your next home building project.

March 26, 2009

King County EcoConsumer expert featured at 2009 Green Festival, March 28-29
For those people who have questions about how to cut waste and conserve resources, King County's EcoConsumer has the answers.

March 23, 2009

KOMO4 TV and KOMO1000 Radio: Save money and go green with your home printing (external)
Herb Weisbaum's stories about reducing consumption of paper and ink feature info from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

March 5, 2009

Become an expert in recycling, preventing waste
Register now for King County's ‘Master Recycler Composter’ Program

Feb. 26, 2009

Household hazardous waste collection season starts March 6 with Auburn visit of Wastemobile
King County residents can safely dispose of car batteries, oil and other household hazardous items when the King County Wastemobile kicks off its 20th year.

Feb. 23, 2009

Many plans to curtail use of plastic bags, but not much action (external)
Some officials fear a public backlash if they were to raise fees on plastic shopping bags in an economic downturn. Others say governments need the revenue more than ever—from The New York Times

Feb. 18, 2009

Video: Inside the Northwest Flower & Garden show (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and Ladd Smith from In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes show some cool props to reporter Tim Robinson—from KING5.com

Feb. 14, 2009

Product stewardship leads companies to provide free e-waste recycling (PDF, 29 K)
Under Washington state's innovative new law regulating electronic waste, or "e-waste," manufacturers now pay for recycling of TVs and computers. Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Feb. 9, 2009

New Climate Report shows King County is reducing greenhouse gas
Goal is to better prepare for local impacts of climate change.

Feb. 3, 2009

King County Green Schools Program honors Auburn School District for conservation work

Jan. 31, 2009

Ready for clean break with single-use bags? (PDF, 32 K)
Let's get to the bottom of the plastic bag battle as we answer common consumer questions—reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Jan. 29 2009

Collection program expanded, extended for businesses generating small quantities of hazardous waste

Jan. 14, 2009

Cool green winter gear (Windows Media)
King County's own EcoConsumer and anchor Mary Nam check out a green snowboard, eco-friendly snowshoes, a winter jacket made from recycled plastic bottles and more—video courtesy of KOMO4 News.

Jan. 13, 2009

King County looking for Earth Heroes nominations in local schools
This annual award honors teachers, students, staff, school volunteers, specific programs or entire schools that have contributed to both the protection of the local environment and the education of students on environmental issues.

Spring 2009

Free electronics recycling (external)
Effective January 2009, electronics manufacturers began offering a new program called E-Cycle Washington that allows residents to recycle their computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for FREE.

Jan. 5, 2009

Many options available in King County for Christmas tree recycling

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2008 News & topics archive

Dec. 26, 2008

Recycling the Holidays (Windows Media)
From old electronics to wrapping paper to leftover food, King County's EcoConsumer explains which holiday waste can and can't be recycled—video courtesy of KOMO NEWS
(Also available in Real Media format)

Dec. 24, 2008

New law allows free electronics recycling (external)
Washington residents looking to safely get rid of old computers and TVs can do so for free when a new statewide recycling program begins next year—from KOMO News

Dec. 23, 2008

Give King County's environment a hand by recycling your Christmas tree

Dec. 18, 2008

You can depend on King County's Waste Free Holidays

Nov. 29, 2008

Easy ways to make the holidays green and jolly (PDF, 92 K)
Whether your holiday decorating style leans toward the traditional, the contemporary or the downright quirky, follow these tips for low-cost, eco-friendly decorating. Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Nov. 25, 2008

Let King County help you save green, go green with Waste Free Holiday gift ideas for 2008
Whether you’re into saving more money or helping to save the planet, King County’s Waste Free Holiday program is the perfect choice this holiday season.

Nov. 24, 2008

Waste News 2008 Environmental Award (external)
King County wins coveted environmental award for what may be “the greenest recycling and transfer station in the country.” From Waste News magazine.

Nov. 15, 2008

Protecting yourself from plastic hazards (PDF, 30 K)
"Better living through chemistry!" That chemical–company slogan from 50 years ago has largely come true. But "better living" can have hidden costs. Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Nov. 13, 2008

Save time, money and the planet with King County's Waste Free Holidays promotion

Nov. 8, 2008

It's getting easier to feel good about your furniture (PDF, 38 K)
Just like every picture tells a story, so does every piece of furniture. Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Oct. 31, 2008

Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station earns two more awards for sustainable design
Chalk up two more high-profile honors for King County’s recently redeveloped Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station.

Oct. 22, 2008

Eeek-o-friendly Halloween
With some spooky and colorful young guests, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows viewers some costumes made from used materials and other ways to have a green Halloween—from KOMO News

Oct. 18, 2008

A green Halloween is very eek-o chic (PDF, 29 K)
How do you turn a black-and-orange holiday into a green one? Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Oct. 8, 2008

Waste wood to heat downtown Seattle buildings (external)
Starting next year, about half of downtown Seattle might be partially heated by ... wood—from The Seattle Times

Oct. 7, 2008

Rechargeable battery recycling efforts earn King County national award

Oct. 3, 2008

Green building could get King County grants
Local green building projects receive funding; New grant round in 2009

Oct. 1, 2008

King County going electric to cut fuel consumption
New report outlines key initiatives to grow plug-in vehicle market

Oct. 1, 2008

King County honors sustainably designed, built projects with ‘Greening in Place’ awards

Sept. 24, 2008

King County launches video podcast to help homeowners be better recyclers
With just a few clicks of a mouse, King County residents can now learn how to make recycling at home easy and convenient.

Sept. 16, 2008

We recycle cans and bottles, why not buildings? (external)
A large percentage of municipal landfill waste is from construction and demolition debris, estimated to be between 20 and 30 percent nationally—editorial from The Seattle Times.

Sept. 12, 2008

New Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station earns rare national top rating for green building
The national organization dedicated to expanding green-building practices has awarded the Shoreline station with its highest designation – the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification.

Sept. 5, 2008

King County seeks ‘Waste Free Holidays’ partners
King County Solid Waste Division invites businesses and organizations that offer "experience gifts" to join its award-winning waste prevention program.

Aug. 31, 2008

King County: Somebody's trash (external)
A crackdown on illegal dumping should make a difference for King County rural areas too often littered with somebody else's trash—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Aug. 25, 2008

County ordinance would crack down on dumping (external)
Measure seeks $100 fine for violators—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Aug. 24, 2008

Want to sell your house as green? Best get it certified (external)
From HeraldNet (Everett, WA)

Aug. 23, 2008

Going back-to-school shopping? Be kind to your wallet and the planet (PDF, 67 K)
The never-ending parental juggling act gets even trickier at back-to-school time, especially if you want to go green and spend lean—reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

Aug. 21, 2008

Sims seeks stronger enforcement of King County’s illegal dumping rules

Aug. 20, 2008

King County Pilot Program Introduces Young Adults To High Wage Environmental Jobs (external)
From The Seattle Medium

Aug. 5, 2008

Teens' 'clean' carwash raises money (external)
Their salmon-friendly kit keeps soap out of waterways—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

July 26, 2008

Redmond’s Accents et Cetera gets nod for recycling (external)
From The Redmond Reporter

July 23, 2008

Six businesses named best places to recycle (external)
From The Kirkland Reporter

July 19, 2008

It takes a less-is-more attitude to embrace smaller houses (PDF, 66 K)
In these troubled economic times, the savings from buying and living in a smaller home loom large.
Reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.

July 17, 2008

King County announces second-annual ‘Best Workplaces for Recycling’ list

June 28, 2008

Cleaning the basement or garage can make a big green difference (external)
By Tom Watson, King County's EcoConsumer—from The Seattle Times

June 26, 2008

King County announces winner of ‘Recycle More Neighborhood Challenge’
See more coverage from The Seattle Times and KOMO4 News (external links).

June 25, 2008

Renton families wrap up recycling challenge June 26 (external)
It's the home stretch in the Renton Neighborhood Challenge, and the competitors are still going strong—from the Renton Reporter
See how the contestants are doing in the 'Recycle More Neighborhood Challenge'

June 13, 2008

Renton Neighborhood Challenge contestant is 38 lbs. lighter, all from recycling (external)
Two weeks ago, Baiba Rubino had the most trash to lose. Weighing in at 63 pounds, her garbage was dumped in front of reporters and photographers, while a "garbologist" picked through her family's dirty diapers and rotting crab leg, pointing out items that could be recycled—from The Seattle Times

May 30, 2008

Renton recycling contestants go on "trash diet" (external)—from The Seattle Times
View additional video coverage from KOMOnews.com (external)

May 19, 2008

Recycling options lag the compact fluorescent push (external)
It's a message being drummed into the heads of homeowners everywhere: Swap out those incandescent lights with longer-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs and cut your electric use.

May 15, 2008

Taxpayers and the Earth save 'green' with King County's environmental purchasing policy

May 8, 2008

Workshop for builders addresses techniques for green deconstruction and salvage

April 23, 2008

Learning the recycling habit (external)
Both Snoqualmie Elementary School and Chief Kanim Middle School have received Earth Hero at School awards after integrating the recycling of not only paper and bottles but also banana peels and milk cartons into the school routine—from the SnoValley Star

April 23, 2008

One in five Seattle residents may be affected by TV change (external)
Residents who have an analog television and use "rabbit ears" or a rooftop antenna will need a digital converter box to get reception after Feb. 17—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

April 22, 2008

Living Green! Experts Answer your Green Living Questions (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson responds to questions from listeners—audio file from Weekday on KUOW 94.9 FM.

April 22, 2008

Evening Magazine goes green (external)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson does an "eco-intervention" at the home of Evening Magazine reporter Michael King—from KING5.com

April 18, 2008

A warning for those recycling electronics (external)
Concerns are raised about where junk taken to free events ends up—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

April 16, 2008

King County's new Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station earns design group recognition

April 9, 2008

Ciscoe Morris' To-do List: Try a more natural way when you're doing garden chores
If you're interested in natural gardening methods but aren't sure where to start, check out the five steps of natural yard care—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

April 2, 2008

Do Yellow Pages have you seeing red? (external)
National report includes interviews with Renton resident and King County's Tom Watson—from MSNBC.com

April 2, 2008

Springtime brings green gardens and savings during Northwest Natural Yard Days

March 31, 2008

See how King County protects the environment; Check out the 2007 DNRP annual report online

March 21, 2008

Can anything be done about unwanted phone books? (external)
Herb Weisbaum's report includes interviews with irate County residents and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—from KOMO4.com

March 18, 2008

Workshops for builders address the future of sustainable building
King County GreenTools workshops March 25, 27 in Seattle

March 10, 2008

Hospitals go greener to improve bottom line (external)
Composting, recycling can cut their costs—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

March 5, 2008

Latex paint now OK for the trash in King County (external)
Here's a heads up for anyone who lives in King County, but outside the city of Seattle. You can now put paint – latex paint – in your trash can—from KOMOTV.com

March 3, 2008

Low-impact development focus of March 5 ‘GreenTools’ workshop

Feb. 25, 2008

Health officials document recalled beef disposal at King County's Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

Feb. 15, 2008

Sims says sustainable green-building ordinance benefits King County's taxpayers, environment

Feb. 13, 2008

New Shoreline recycling and transfer station embodies King County's green building push

Jan. 29, 2008

King County's Master Recycler Composter training program returns to Federal Way

Jan. 22, 2008

Finally, a safe, environmental way to get rid of old medicine (external)
Group Health Cooperative pharmacies, in cooperation with government agencies and environmental groups, are accepting unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, then sending them away to be incinerated—from The Seattle Times.

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2007 News & topics archive

Dec. 20, 2007

King County encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees

Dec. 20, 2007

Teacher's video on global warming a hit online
Craven's earnest and quirky appeal to act on climate change has collected more than 4 million views worldwide—from The Seattle Times

Dec. 18, 2007

First rate increases in 9 years will help modernize King County’s solid waste transfer stations

Dec. 14, 2007

Dozens of last-minute gift ideas available with King County's Waste Free Holidays program

Dec. 10, 2007

King County Green Schools Program recognizes Issaquah School District for recycling, conservation
With assistance from the King County Green Schools Program – which helps schools to conserve natural resources and become better stewards of the environment – the Issaquah School District is recycling more, conserving more energy and water and saving money.

Nov. 23, 2007

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Shrink your environmental footprint (external)
Environmentalists and solid-waste officials are urging shoppers to consider the ecological effects of their purchases.—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Nov. 30, 2007

Experience a waste-free holiday season (external)
As shoppers scurry to purchase holiday gifts, King County hopes some will invest in experiences rather than material objects—from the Federal Way Mirror.

Nov. 20, 2007

Sammamish unveils LEED-certified City Hall
'Silver'-rated project is first of several for new 'green' Sammamish Commons

Nov. 19, 2007

Single-, multi-family projects could be eligible for Built Green™ grants funded by King County, Seattle
Builders of single- and multi-family projects in King County could be eligible to receive grant funding through the Built Green™ incentives program, which promotes environmentally friendly construction.

Nov. 15, 2007

This year, give the gift of ‘green’ through King County’s Waste Free Holidays program
'Experience' gifts, offered at discounts of 15-50 percent, help cut holiday waste

Nov. 15, 2007

Green schools save money and energy (external)
Science teacher Mike Town and his students are working to lower Redmond High School's carbon emissions, one classroom at a time – from the The Seattle Times.

Oct. 30, 2007

Take Winter by Storm
Region's leaders announce new measures to speed winter response as they kick-off annual storm campaign

Oct. 10, 2007

Sims recommends confirmation of Theresa Jennings as King County Natural Resources and Parks Director
Jennings served as director of the Solid Waste Division for four years, managing a diverse work force of more than 400 employees, from financial and policy analysts to welders and truck drivers.

Sept. 1, 2007

Panel, Panel on the Wall (external)
By 2008, devices that contain flat panel displays (FPDs) are projected to account for nearly 85 percent of the total U.S. demand for electronic products. Taking a proactive approach to this issue, the King County Solid Waste Division has conducted the first known comprehensive review of information regarding the end-of-life management issues associated with FPDs—from Waste Age.

Aug. 30, 2007

"Recycle More. It's Easy to Do" television ads win 2007 Telly Awards.
Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.

Aug. 22, 2007

Home wins nation's highest green rating (external)
Designed to be earth-friendly, energy efficient—from The Seattle Times

Aug. 19, 2007

If house has to go, at least it can go ‘green’ – piece by piece (external)
Deconstruction crews salvage siding, floors, even nails—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Aug. 10, 2007

King County helps commercial building projects 'go green' with grants to owners

Aug. 6, 2007

Consumer Smarts: Calls go out to stop phone book waste
National efforts are under way to find a way to reduce phone book waste, and King County is at the forefront—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Aug. 1, 2007

King County EcoConsumer helps spread the word about ‘green living’ on new national TV show

July 26, 2007

Some would like to play taps for bottled water (external)
Just say H-2-No. That's what an increasing number of public officials, environmental advocates and restaurateurs are urging people to do when they're tempted to reach for bottled water—from The Seattle Times

July 24, 2007

Pact reached to turn gas from landfill into energy (external)
Gas produced by rotting garbage at the Cedar Hills landfill could warm homes and cook food by the end of 2008 under an agreement approved Monday by the King County Council—from The Seattle Times

July 20, 2007

King County announces ‘best workplaces for recycling’
First-annual list recognizes local companies with exemplary recycling practices

July 17, 2007

Food-trash recycling at homes to be required by Seattle in '09 (external)
All single-family homes in Seattle must sign up for table-scrap recycling in 2009—from The Seattle Times

July 16, 2007

King County receives national recognition awards for innovative preservation and conservation programs
King County won the National Association of Counties "Best of Category for Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection" award for its Green Schools program, which helps schools and school districts with waste reduction, recycling and other resource conservation efforts.

July 11, 2007

King County promotes the importance of healthy soil
King County is helping to improve soils by implementing post-construction standards on soil depth and quality in unincorporated areas. Other local governments in western Washington will follow suit with similar standards before 2010.

June 28, 2007

King County launches food waste education program
'Recycle Food. It's Easy to Do' campaign encourages food waste in yard waste cart.

June 27, 2007

Do you know what goes in a yard–waste bin? (external)
No, the answer´s not that easy but King County can tell you.—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

June 7, 2007

The truth about recycling (external)
As the importance of recycling becomes more apparent, questions about it linger. Is it worth the effort? How does it work?—from The Economist.

June 4, 2007

High-tech TV means low-tech trash (external)
As new high-definition televisions fly off store shelves, millions of old sets soon could be flying into the trash—from The Seattle Times.

June 4, 2007

There's money in rotten carrots (external)
Profile of the Cedar Grove Composting facility in Everett—from The Economist

May 24, 2007

King County fetes region's 10,000th 'built-green' home at White Center's Greenbridge community

May 5, 2007

More low-income housing being built green (external)
Early Seattle efforts helped inspire state and federal support—from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

May 5, 2007

The environmental side effects of old medicine (external)
By Tom Watson, King County's EcoConsumer – from The Seattle Times

May 4, 2007

Green homebuilders still seeking a market (external)
An increasing number of developers are touting the environmental credentials of their projects – from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

May 3, 2007

King County accepting applications for 'Best Workplaces for Recycling' list
Companies with exceptional recycling programs are encouraged to see how they rate against other businesses on King County's "Best Workplaces for Recycling" list.

April 21, 2007

Some recycling dos and don'ts (external)
Earth Day was April 22 but, when you think about it, we need to take care of our planet every day – from KOMOTV.com

April 17, 2007

Boeing recycling practices nets $60 million (external)
At The Boeing Co., being green isn't just good for the environment -- it's good for business – from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

April 12, 2007

Campaign: Litter and it will hurt (external)
The state has launched a new TV campaign with the title "litter and it will hurt." The message: Litter isn't just an eyesore; it can also be deadly – from KOMOTV.com.

April 6, 2007

Spring gardening savings begin with Northwest Natural Yard Days
Everyone from Bellingham to Olympia can take advantage of savings of up to 25 percent on natural yard care products such as mulch mowers, bagged compost, bark mulch and water wands as part of the ninth-annual Northwest Natural Yard Days campaign.

March 27, 2007

King County honors its employees with Building Green Awards
More than three dozen King County employees were honored recently for their dedication to providing excellent and innovative public service.

March 21, 2007

"Zero-energy" homes planned in Issaquah (external)
Your future home could come from the recycling bin. Solar energy would power it. The best part? Utility bills would be next to nothing – from The Seattle Times.

March 14, 2007

King County, Seattle offering new incentives for green-building residential projects
Single-family residential developers have a new way to "go green," thanks to a new incentive program from King County and the City of Seattle.

March 14, 2007

The end of garbage (external)
Can you imagine a world of zero waste? Cities and towns across the world - and a surprising number of companies - have adopted that goal – from Fortune magazine.

Feb. 16, 2007

The art of trash talk
Decorated bins go on exhibit with a message: Recycle more - from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Feb. 7, 2007

King County Proposes Global Warming Action Plan
Other cities, counties urged to join effort.

Feb. 3, 2007

Feeding "The Big Pig" and saving the planet (external)
Students at Covington's Crestwood Elementary School tend to the first Earth Tub composting system in a King County school - from the The Seattle Times. Crestwood Elementary is a member of King County's Green Schools Program.

Feb. 2, 2007

Climate change questions answered (external)
Few scientists dispute global warming is real - from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Jan. 3, 2007

Trying to stamp out unwanted junk mail (external)
It's not your imagination. Your mailbox is filling up faster with unsolicited missives - from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Jan. 2, 2007

King County seeks nominations for 2007 'Earth Heroes at Schools'

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2006 News & topics archive

Dec. 27, 2006

King County suggests Christmas tree recycling options

Dec. 20, 2006

Become an expert in the field of waste prevention
Register now for King County's 'Master Recycler Composter' Program in 2007.

Dec. 20, 2006

Think about that tree (external)
Article from The Seattle Times highlighting tree-cycling, holiday planning and holiday transportation options.

Dec. 19, 2006

King County encourages recycling alternatives to Christmas tree disposal

Dec. 14, 2006

Give an experience and cut down waste with King County’s Waste Free Holidays

Nov. 10, 2006

King County launches campaign to improve business recycling rates
Local companies invited to apply for 'Best Workplaces for Recycling' list

Nov. 10, 2006

Recycling pays – and county aims to prove it
From Puget Sound Business Journal

Oct. 9, 2006

Investing in the "infrastructure of our future"
Sims proposes upgrades, repairs to roads, wastewater and solid waste systems

Sept. 26, 2006

King County's Solid Waste Division launches its "Recycle more. It's easy to do." recycling campaign

Sept. 28, 2006

Seattle/King County Natural Yard Care Method Goes National (PDF, 30 K)

Sept. 21, 2006

Take It Back Network expands to accommodate banned fluorescent bulbs and tubes

Sept. 13, 2006

King County's EcoConsumer experts offer green-living tips at expo
Seattle Green Living Expo set for Sept. 16-17, 23-24 at High Point

Aug. 24, 2006

Whole Foods joins Fall Northwest Natural Yard Days, offers discounts Sept. 1 - 30

Aug. 22, 2006

Environmental action earns Federal Way School District 'Green Schools' honor from King County, city (external)

Aug. 8, 2006

King County wins national honors for creative and innovative programs
National Association of Counties cites three outstanding King County programs, including Northwest Natural Yard Days and King County EcoConsumer.

Aug. 7, 2006

Bow Lake Transfer and Recycling Station Renovation Project
The King County Solid Waste Division will construct a new transfer and recycling station at the site of the existing Bow Lake Transfer and Recycling Station in Tukwila and on adjacent property to the north that the division plans to purchase for this project.

July 25, 2006

King County to join climate exchange (external)
The King County Council authorized County Executive Ron Sims on Monday to make the county the first in the nation to join a marketplace whose members buy and sell "carbon credits" as a way of trying to slow global warming - from The Seattle Times.

July 24, 2006

King County completes South Park landfill site sale

July 12, 2006

Global warming: They're not laughing at Ron Sims now (external)
From The Seattle Times.

June 19, 2006

Stop dancing with dinosaurs (external)
U.S. Conference of Mayors votes for sharp reductions in fossil-fuel use. The goal: to make the nation's building stock "carbon-neutral" (using no more fuels made from oil, coal or natural gas) by 2030. From The Seattle Times.

June 16, 2006

Taking Recycling To The Next Level (external)
Article and companion audio highlighting King County's LinkUp program - from KOMO 1000 News.

May 23, 2006

Environmental Stewardship in King County
2005 Annual Report, Department of Natural Resources and Parks

May 11, 2006

Paint recycler partners with LinkUp program
MetroPaint offers customers 100 percent recycled latex paint

May 11, 2006

Paint recycler partners with LinkUp program
MetroPaint offers customers 100 percent recycled latex paint

April 24, 2006

King County celebrates the Earth Heroes of local schools
The 2006 Earth Heroes at Schools awards honor environmental stewards

April 20, 2006

Spring savings helps local residents go natural

April 15, 2006

A different kind of road rage (external)
Editorial highlighting the importance of secured loads, from The Seattle Times.

April 13, 2006

Sims: Secure loads to prevent more traffic tragedies
There have been four fatalities and numerous serious injuries on Washington state roads in just the past six months because of unsecured loads.

March 22, 2006

King County Executive Ron Sims announces 'Acting Locally' package of reforms
Executive Orders commit the county to use all waste gases produced at the Cedar Hills Landfill for climate-friendly energy purposes.

March 18, 2006

Just because you're done with it doesn't mean everyone is… (external)
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

March 17, 2006

Recycle and reuse (external, scroll to view)
From The Seattle Times

March 16, 2006

King County honored with Built Green™ advocate award

March 7, 2006

Handbag designer partners with LinkUp program

Feb. 23, 2006

EcoDeals.org hosts free green-building workshop March 1 at Environmental Home Center

Feb. 21, 2006

Hazardous-waste pickup (external)
from The Seattle Times

Feb. 15, 2006

Cell phone recycling made easy in King County
County staff recycle nearly 400 phones; public can use "Take It Back Network"

Feb. 13, 2006

Woman Nearly Killed By Flying Piece Of Plywood (external)
Article highlighting the importance of secured loads – from KOMO 4 News

Feb. 7, 2006

Dig it: King County promotes 'healthy soil' at Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 8-12 in Seattle

Jan. 27, 2006

King County seeks nominations of Earth Heroes in local schools

Jan. 7, 2006

State debates who should pay to recycle e-waste (external link)
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Jan. 1, 2006

Moderate Risk Waste Surcharge Increase

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2005 News & topics archive

July 28, 2005

New Service – report illegal dumping online

July 27, 2005

Measure the impact of your purchasing decisions with the new EcoConsumer Waste Calculator

July 19, 2005

Department of Natural Resources and Parks 3rd Annual Performance Measures Report

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