solid waste http://kplu.org en What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree? http://kplu.org/post/whats-best-way-dispose-christmas-tree <p>Statewide, recycling for Washington State has reached <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2011/354.html">the highest rates ever</a>. &nbsp;The biggest areas in which people are doing more are in reusing construction materials and composting food waste&hellip;and then there are those pesky Christmas trees.</p><p>Recycling rates have grown to 49% statewide &ndash; higher than ever.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s an increase of 14% more than the prior year.&nbsp;</p><p>But even though we&rsquo;ve all become great at composting, many people still aren&rsquo;t sure how to dispose of their Christmas trees.</p><p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:33:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3543 at http://kplu.org What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree? 'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics http://kplu.org/post/bag-your-bags-king-county-says-troublesome-plastics <p>If you&rsquo;re confused about what to do with the plastic bags you get at grocery stores, you&rsquo;re not alone.&nbsp;</p><p>Many people know that they&rsquo;re bad for the environment and that they can be recycled, but how to recycle them is another question.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:30:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3208 at http://kplu.org 'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics Seattleites recycling more than ever before http://kplu.org/post/seattleites-recycling-more-ever <p>Seattle residents and businesses have hit an all-time high for recycling rates. And from the front yard of a model recycling family in Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn gave the city a pat on the back:</p><p>&ldquo;53 percent &ndash;&nbsp;an all-time high&ndash; 53 percent of the waste produced in the city of Seattle is taken out of the waste-stream and recycled,&rdquo; McGinn said.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 01:20:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2133 at http://kplu.org Seattleites recycling more than ever before Green merit badge? Recycling just isn’t good enough anymore http://kplu.org/post/green-merit-badge-recycling-just-isn%E2%80%99t-good-enough-anymore <P><A href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949678.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949678.mp3</A></P> <P>Sure, like most Northwesterners, you recycle like a demon. Cans, glass, plastic, yard waste. You even compost your kitchen scraps. You’re a regular environmental hero.</P> <P><STRONG>Or maybe not ... </STRONG> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 01:47:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 678 at http://kplu.org Green merit badge? Recycling just isn’t good enough anymore