it's Curbside Cleanup Week!
November 11-15, 2013
That week only, place up to 10 32-gallon equivalent containers of Garbage and an equal amount of Yard Waste, including leaves, grass, brush, tree wood waste and branches at the curb on your regular garbage pick-up day, even if it’s not your normal yard waste collection week.
All Garbage must be in bags, boxes (no bigger than 3’x3’x3’) or cans marked “Garbage”. Yard Waste not fitting into the green cart can be placed into cans, cardboard boxes, or paper yard waste bags (available at most hardware stores). Since paper bags disintegrate if left out too long in the rain, please do not place these at the curb until 7:00am on pickup day to avoid spillage. Be sure to mark these containers as “Yard Waste”.
Branches (not to exceed 4" in diameter) can be bundled (not to exceed 2'x2' or 4’ in length) with natural fiber rope or twine – no plastic please. Containers and bundles can weigh no more than 60 pounds each. Since plastic bags don’t compost,Yard Waste placed in these will not be accepted. Please Note: Food waste may only be placed in the Contractor-supplied green cart.
halloween is just around the corner!
Get the kids involved and make those costumes “green” this year! For some great ideas and to get those creative juices going, visit http://greenhalloween.org.
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.