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State adoption of King County solid waste comprehensive plan clears way for improved regional solid waste management
With the formal adoption of King County's 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, the County and its 37 partner cities can now embark on carefully outlined goals to increase regional recycling, expand services and modernize facilities, and identify options for waste disposal after the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill reaches capacity.
King County seeks information on environmentally innovative uses for industrial property on Harbor Island
King County's Solid Waste Division invites parties interested in leasing industrial space on Harbor Island in Seattle to respond to a request for information that could help develop a large-scale reuse and recycling operation. Responses are due Dec. 10.
King County, Seattle recycling experts ask customers to recycle plastic bags, wrap separately from curbside recycling materials
To improve the quality of recycling in Seattle and King County, plastic bags and wrap will no longer be accepted in curbside recycling beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and customers will be asked to take these materials to recycling locations or place them in the garbage.
August 2019 Solid Waste newsletter
2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan continues its approval process; Developing alternatives to maximize capacity at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill; Eligible customers save money with Cleanup LIFT; Find out where it goes with "What do I do with...?" website; Give your items a second life at repair events; Wastemobile Offers Convenient Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
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.