Recycling Event nets 108 tons of materials!
1,166 vehicles came through the June 7th Recycling Event, bringing:
- 55,080 pounds of scrap metal, appliances, and electronic equipment
- 52 refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners
- 70,500 pounds of concrete, rock, asphalt & brick
- 17,900 pounds of shredded paper
- 21,000 pounds of bulky and scrap wood
- 188 mattresses & futons
- 58 propane tanks
- 9,010 pounds of reusable household goods
- 80 kids car & booster seats - of which 10-20 were reusable
- 7,780 household batteries & 17 lead acid batteries
- 28 toilets & sinks
- 11,180 pounds of cardboard
Thanks to all those recyclers, this material will be put to good use providing jobs and feedstock for new products, saving space in our area's last remaining landfill and reducing the impact on natural resources. This event was funded by grants from the King County Solid Waste Division, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, and the Department of Ecology. The next Recycling Event will take place at Russell Rd. Park, 24400 Russell Rd., Kent, on October 18, 2014.
For information on where to safely recycle or dispose of computers, monitors, laptops, TVs year-round at no cost, please visit http://www.ecyclewashington.org/ or call 1-800-RECYCLE. For information on how to safely dispose of household hazardous products, those marked: Caution, Warning, Danger, Toxic or Poison, call 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC-ED (1-888-869-4233), or visit: www.LHWMP.ORG.
Team up 2 clean up kent - a Success!
A big Thank You goes out to the 154 community-minded residents and businesses who joined forces on Saturday, May 17 to spruce up our home town in a city-wide Litter Cleanup Blitz. In addition to picking up an amazing 3 1/2 tons of litter, volunteers handily wielded brooms, rakes, and shovels on piles of redwood bark to make Kent beautiful! A Scavenger Hunt added an element of fun to the event, although not all the M&M characters were found - so if you're out there cleaning up, be on the lookout for them. The Photo Contest was also a hoot, netting some great shots of the worthy effort. Thanks for prizes furnished by Kent Station and Republic Services!
A big Thank You also goes out to the Trinity Community Church and the Golden Steer Steak & Rib House for use of their parking lots to accommodate the Check-In Booths.
This event was sponsored by the City of Kent in partnership with the Kent Chamber of Commerce, Kent Downtown Partnership, Kent Station and Republic Services.
Free Recycling App!
Calling all smart-phone users! Good news! 1-800-Recycling.com, a national data base of recycling vendors now has a FREE App to download for iPhone and Android users. How cool is that? Anything you’d ever want to recycle can be found on it. Just select the material category, and the GPS function will provide a list of vendors in our area that will accept that material. Check it out!
Approximately 30% of what we throw away consists of things that can go into the yard waste bin. Listed below are steps to help minimize the amount of "garbage" that goes into your cart.
Throw food scraps away in a convenient kitchen countertop container
- Many styles are available and some offer carbon filters to eliminate odors
- Line the container with a paper or compostable bag for easy carry-out
Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper after a meal and when cleaning out the fridge
- Peel spuds right onto yesterday’s news – a couple of pages from a newspaper will do to wrap it up
- Add in fruit and veggie trimmings, meat, fish, chicken-even the bones, bread, pasta, coffee grounds
- After dinner, scrape the plates straight into the container
- Paper towels, napkins, greasy pizza delivery boxes, uncoated (non-shiny) paper plates and cups can go in too
Empty the container into your green yard waste cart
- Reduce odors by dumping kitchen container contents into your green cart daily
- Keep your cart clean by lining the bottom with newspaper and/or layer your food scraps in with your yard waste; using compostable or paper bags will also help keep the cart clean
- Add shredded paper with food waste to absorb moisture
- Rinse out your cart out on grass, NEVER DOWN A STORM DRAIN. Allied Waste offers one free cart cleaning per year and additional cleanings cost $8.24 each call 206-682-9735 to sign up for the service.
Worried about odors? Designate a produce drawer or corner in your fridge or freezer to store those “odor ridden” items-generally the raw meats, chicken and fish. Add these items to your green yard waste cart and reduce your garbage, the size of your gray cart and garbage bill. More recycling tips and flyers are avaliable.