recycling http://kplu.org en Why Recycling Wrapping Paper Can Be Tricky Business http://kplu.org/post/why-recycling-wrapping-paper-can-be-tricky-business <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.</span></p><p>At the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department in north Idaho, the day after Christmas has two distinctions: it's one of the busiest days of the year by volume, and one of the lightest days by weight.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The reason: wrapping paper, says Roger </span>Saterfiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who oversees the department.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:01:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 12079 at http://kplu.org Why Recycling Wrapping Paper Can Be Tricky Business Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff http://kplu.org/post/unexpected-consequence-seattles-bag-ban-carrying-stuff <p>It&rsquo;s been a month since single-use plastic shopping bags <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-ban-plastic-shopping-bags-kicks-soon">were banned in Seattle</a>. Now, if you buy groceries, clothes or pretty much anything else, you can either bring your own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper one.&nbsp;</p><p>At KPLU, some of us have had to admit it &ndash; instead of paying the 5 cents, we loaded our arms with our new purchases and tramped off to our car/bus/home.</p><p>And, we&rsquo;re not alone.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:15:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5840 at http://kplu.org Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff Bite of Seattle attempts 100 percent compostable http://kplu.org/post/bite-seattle-attempts-100-percent-compostable <p>Over 50 food vendors are pitching tents at the Seattle Center this weekend for the annual <a href="http://www.comcastbiteofseattle.com/">Bite of Seattle</a> food fest. Organizers are hoping to make this year&rsquo;s festival a zero-waste event. There are three new composting and recycling booths where visitors can dump their plates and forks.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:14:43 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5664 at http://kplu.org Bite of Seattle attempts 100 percent compostable Ready for a statewide ban on plastic bags? http://kplu.org/post/ready-statewide-ban-plastic-bags <p>If you&rsquo;ve shopped in Seattle lately, you&rsquo;re probably aware of the ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags that started July 1. Now, you have to bring your own re-usable tote, or pay five cents for a paper bag.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the second law of its kind to take effect in Washington. And with five more recently approved in cities from Issaquah to Port Townsend, momentum is growing for a possible statewide ban.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:28:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5509 at http://kplu.org Ready for a statewide ban on plastic bags? Seattle ban on plastic shopping bags kicks in soon http://kplu.org/post/seattle-ban-plastic-shopping-bags-kicks-soon <p>They may be sorely missed by many dog owners in Seattle, who use them for cleaning up after fido. But they pollute our waterways, get stuck in the gears at recycling plants, harm marine wildlife and never break down completely.&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;re talking about thin plastic shopping bags, which are becoming a thing of the past at cash registers in Seattle, effective <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Recycling/ReduceReuseExchange/PlasticBagBan/index.htm">July first</a>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:11:19 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5334 at http://kplu.org Seattle ban on plastic shopping bags kicks in soon City by city, plastic bag bans gaining momentum http://kplu.org/post/city-city-plastic-bag-bans-gaining-momentum <p>A plastic bag ban ordinance modeled after the ones already passed in Bellingham and Seattle is on the agenda of two suburban Puget Sound cities this week.</p><p>Bainbridge Island&rsquo;s council is holding a public hearing on the issue tonight (Wednesday, 5:30 pm.) The hearing can be monitored via <a href="http://www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/default.aspx?CalendarDate=02/15/2012">webcast</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:57:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4169 at http://kplu.org City by city, plastic bag bans gaining momentum 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 State, Seattle hit recycling milestones http://kplu.org/post/state-seattle-hit-recycling-milestones <p>Washington officials say residents have recycled more than 100 million pounds since the state&#39;s electronics recycling program began in January 2009.</p><p>In Seattle, residents have hit an all-time high in recycling of all products, according to the City of Seattle&rsquo;s annual recycling report to be released Wednesday.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:40:18 +0000 KPLU 2120 at http://kplu.org State, Seattle hit recycling milestones Don't want yellow pages? Seattle puts teeth in opt-out system http://kplu.org/post/dont-want-yellow-pages-seattle-puts-teeth-opt-out-system <p>Starting today (Thursday) a new online registry will allow Seattleites to choose whether or not they receive yellow pages phone books. But an industry group says it&rsquo;s redundant, because there&rsquo;s already such a website in place nationwide.</p><p>The City of Seattle site is <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks">www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks</a>.</p> Thu, 05 May 2011 18:20:12 +0000 Gary Crawford 1539 at http://kplu.org Don't want yellow pages? Seattle puts teeth in opt-out system "GoGreen '11" conference showcasing best practices from who's who of Seattle businesses http://kplu.org/post/gogreen-11-conference-showcasing-best-practices-whos-who-seattle-businesses <p><br /><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964301.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964301.mp3</a></p><p>Insiders from many of Seattle&#39;s most recognizable big businesses are gathering today at the Washington State Convention Center downtown.</p><p>Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, REI, and The Mariners have all been invited to give interactive presentations meant to inspire others in the region to follow in their footsteps. The topic? Going Green. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:03:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1238 at http://kplu.org "GoGreen '11" conference showcasing best practices from who's who of Seattle businesses Group pushes for Northwest to ban bottled water http://kplu.org/post/group-pushes-northwest-ban-bottled-water <p>At events in Olympia and Salem Tuesday, an activist group called on Washington and Oregon&#39;s governors to stop spending taxpayer dollars on bottled water.</p><p>Organizer Sriram Madhusoodanan, with the group Corporate Accountability International, says those little plastic bottles, sometimes available at public meetings and events, create unnecessary waste and undermine confidence in the quality of public water supplies. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:25:59 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1050 at http://kplu.org Group pushes for Northwest to ban bottled water 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 The safe way to trash your TV http://kplu.org/post/safe-way-trash-your-tv <p>Washington's <a href="http://www.ecyclewashington.org/">electronics recycling program</a> has collected 78,000,000 pounds of e-waste in its first two years. Put in perspective, that's roughly the same weight as <a href="http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/species/amer_lobster.htm">Maine's lobster catch</a> or <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Drybeans/trade.htm">US black bean exports</a> to Mexico! The state Department of Ecology says the amount of e-waste recycled each year amounts to 5.8 pounds per person. &nbsp;Old TVs account for 61% of the waste.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:21:23 +0000 Dave Meyer 523 at http://kplu.org The safe way to trash your TV