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The latest news items are always displayed on the Solid Waste Division home page. Older items are archived here. Read all 2019 news items related to the Solid Waste Division below, or look through the archives (on the left, by year).
Making food go further through waste reduction and innovation
Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy, to the tune of $130 every single month. It’s a growing problem with significant financial and environmental impacts. When we throw away food, we also waste all the nutrients, water, energy and fuel used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates.
King County Green Schools Program recognizes 89 schools, 2 districts for resource conservation
The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts engage students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation.
King County offering new grant opportunities for projects to help prevent commercial food waste
From food rescue to anaerobic digestion, the King County Solid Waste Division is making grant funding available for innovative projects that prevent or reduce food waste generated by the commercial sector.
National ‘Secure Your Load Day’ campaign urges everyone in King County to do their part, improve road safety
King County encourages everyone to properly secure their loads to help save lives, keep roadways safe and clean, and avoid fees.
Free yard waste recycling March 30-31 and April 6-7 for King County residents affected by winter storms
For two weekends only, March 30-31 and April 6-7, King County residents can drop off storm-related yard waste free of charge at six King County Solid Waste Division locations that accept yard waste for recycling.
King County Green Schools Program has now helped more than 300 schools
The Green Schools Program is recognizing four schools for increasing recycling, reducing food waste, and conserving energy and water – the latest in the more than 300 K-12 schools and school districts whose employees and students have learned about and practiced resource conservation through the program.
Final Environmental Impact Statement issued for the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan
The Final Environmental Impact Statement evaluates the potential significant environmental impacts of the facilities, programs, and services described in the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.
Local task force recommends changes to improve curbside recycling
A task force studying improvements to the regional recycling system recommends removing plastic bags and shredded paper from the commingled recycling bin and expanding separate recycling options for those items.
Help design a new recycling and garbage transfer station online through March 24
King County’s Solid Waste Division invites community members to take part in an online open house to help shape the design of a new recycling and garbage transfer station coming to south King County in 2023.
Cleanup LIFT discount program connects more people to essential waste disposal services
Waste disposal at King County-operated garbage and recycling transfer stations just became more affordable for an estimated 300,000 low-income residents.