Save $$$, reduce food waste...
The average household tosses out an amazing 25 percent of food and drink purchased, which adds up to $30 each week ($1600 a year) in wasted groceries. And it’s not just about wasted money. When we throw away food, we also waste all the water and energy used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates. Uneaten food accounts for 23 percent of all methane emissions in the U.S. – a potent climate change contributor.
King County’s Food: Too Good to Waste program is recruiting residents to take part in a four-week challenge in September to reduce wasted food. The challenge involves collecting and measuring your home’s food waste and trying new strategies to waste less. Along the way residents will be provided with weekly tips and tricks to keep more food in your fridge. It takes less than 10 minutes per week!
Participants will receive a bag and liners to collect and measure food waste, weekly emails with ideas and inspiration, food waste prevention tools and will be entered into drawings for prizes to thank them for their participation.
If you'd like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 22, 2014.
Please note: You must be a King County resident and collect and track your family’s food waste for each of the four weeks during the Challenge, from September 8 through October 5.
pharmaceutical take-back day
Sept. 27, 10am-2Pm
The Kent Police Dept. will once again host this program at their facility at 220 4th Ave. So., Kent. Help keep kids safe by bringing unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal.
Pharmaceuticals are hazardous waste, so please do not dispose of them in the garbage or by flushing them down the sink or toilet. In the garbage, they're not secure and can get into the wrong hands or into the environment. Flushed down the toilet, they may seep into the groundwater if you're on a septic tank system, or flow into Puget Sound if you're connected to a sewer line. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to process hazardous chemicals.
If you can't make it to the event, take medications to any Group Health Pharmacy. You do not have to be a member to participate in their free disposal program. Some Bartell Drugstores will also accept them. For a complete list of sites, visit TakeBackYourMeds.org, or call 800-732-9253.
residential Recycling Event - Oct. 11, 2014!
Bring items you can't easily recycle at the curb, including appliances, tires, up to three file-sized boxes of confidential documents to shred, limited electronics, styrofoam, and reusable household goods. Click here for a complete list of items that will be accepted at the event.
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.
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.