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Ask Charlie | April 30, 2009

Q: What is the new e-cycle law in Washington State? Can I really recycle electronics for free?

A: Dear Christopher,

Washington State now has a network of free drop-off locations for unwanted electronics. This service began January 1, 2009, thanks to a Washington State law passed in 2006 that puts the onus on electronics manufacturers to pay for recycling costs associated with their products. 


tags: recycling  e-cycle  electronics  seattle  shoreline 

Ask Charlie | March 28, 2009

Q: How do I dispose of shredded paper?

A: Dear Sarah,

There are actually two separate questions bundled into this larger question:

  1. What is the most environmentally sound end use for shredded paper?

  2. How do we get to the correct end use with curbside pickup?


tags: paper  recycling  composting  seattle  shoreline 

In The News | January 31, 2009

Seattle’s Garbage Trucks to Run on Natural Gas

Check out this article about how we helped convert Seattle garbage trucks to natural gas...


For years, Seattle has operated an aggressive curbside recycling program to reduce the need for expensive landfill space. Now the city seeks to despoil less of the atmosphere by converting its garbage-truck fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) under new hauling contracts starting March 30.One contractor, Seattle-based CleanScapes, is buying 40 CNG trucks and building a fueling stop in Georgetown. The other, transcontinental giant Waste Management, is buying 106 trucks to be fueled in South Park.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times

tags: seattle  going green 

Ask Charlie | December 30, 2008

Q: Can compostable plastic bags go in our food and yard waste can?

A: Dear Milan,

Plastic bags are among the most ubiquitous of modern conveniences: cheap, light weight, water resistant, odor reducing. But did you know that traditional plastic bags can sit in the landfill for over 1,000 years before they decompose?


tags: composting  plastic  seattle  shoreline 

In The News | September 15, 2008

Clean Energy to Build, Operate CNG Fueling Station for New Solid Waste Fleet in Seattle, Washington

Check out this article about our fueling station in Seattle...


CleanScapes, Inc., a newly-designated City of Seattle, WA solid waste contractor, has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a contract for up to 10 years to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) station and provide fuel for CleanScapes’ 40 new CNG-powered refuse trucks. Clean Energy’s fuel contract with CleanScapes includes a preferential fuel pricing provision. The new CleanScapes time-fill CNG fuel station, to be designed, built and operated by Clean Energy, will be located south of Seattle’s downtown area. Starting in April 2009, CleanScapes will deploy the CNG fleet to provide waste collection services to more than 64,000 residential and business customers in the Central and Northeast sections of Seattle.


Continue reading at The Auto Channel

tags: seattle  going green  green energy 

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