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In The News | December 21, 2009

Reducing, Not Just Recycling


Check out this article about our efforts to reduce waste in Seattle...

 

If you think you've done your civic duty by recycling your plastic bottles and sending away your yard-waste for composting, brace yourself for the next step. Seattle's garbage authorities say you really ought to be producing less waste overall. Seattle residents are doing a pretty good job at sorting out their recyclables and food waste. But overall, it still adds up to a lot of waste to be trucked to a far-away final destination.

 

Chris Martin, President of CleanScapes, a local garbage hauling company that earlier this year took over the contract for many Seattle neighborhoods, says, "It takes the same big trucks to pick it up and the same amount of energy to process it, etcetera."

 

Continue reading at KPLU News


tags: seattle  education  waste reduction  recycling 

In The News | December 21, 2009

Queen Anne community competes for $50,000 by cutting garbage & waste at home


Check out this article about Queen Anne and our Community Improvement Awards program...

 

Last month we reported that garbage collection company CleanScapes and Seattle Public Utilities were going to be launching a competition to see which Seattle neighborhood south of the Ship Canal could reduce their waste output the most. And now the competition is on! Five neighborhoods “from Magnolia to Madrona” – Queen Anne included – are now knee-deep in a competition to see who can recycle the most and waste the least. The prize: $50,000 to invest back into a community improvement project of the neighborhood’s choosing – public art, pocket park, P-patch – you name is, CleanScapes will fork out the dough, install and maintain it!

 

Continue reading at the Queen Anne View


tags: queen anne  community improvement award  waste reduction 

In The News | December 21, 2009

Garbage collector issues $50,000 challenge to 5 neighborhoods


Check out this article about our Community Improvement Awards program...

 

Five neighborhoods south of the Lake Washington Ship Canal are competing for a $50,000 project, such as a new playground or park benches, offered by a garbage-collection company. The contest, announced Monday by CleanScapes, is part of its effort to reduce the amount of things stuffed into garbage, recycling and yard-waste bins in the city.

 

Continue reading at the Seattle Times


tags: community improvement award  waste reduction 

In The News | December 21, 2009

The Trash-Off Begins: CleanScapes’ Chris Martin Offers $50,000 to Neighborhood with Least Garbage


Check out this article about our Community Improvement Awards program...

 

Trash guru Chris Martin once proposed using cameras to catch people illicitly disposing of recyclables in the regular garbage. But now that the CleanScapes chief is a big-time garbage hauler, serving almost half the city through the contract it started last spring, he's taking a more customer-friendly approach to getting people to go green with their trash. Specifically, he's bribing them.

 

Seattle Public Utilities announced this morning that Georgetown-based CleanScapes will award $50,000 to the neighborhood it serves that most reduces its collective garbage by early spring-- including recyclables and compost.

 

Continue reading at Seattle Weekly


tags: community improvement award  waste reduction 

In The News | October 29, 2009

Family plowing its way to zero waste


Check out this article about how we've helped this family in their waste reduction efforts...

 

A family of four has moved from the farm to an urban Puget Sound community and is now plowing its way to zero waste. When the Peterka family moved to Shoreline, they brought part of the farm with them. They ripped up the backyard lawn and planted a large garden.They built a fenced chicken coop in one corner, and worm and compost bins in the other. Then they made some sacrifices."We stopped buying groceries that came in plastic, essentially which was a big deal, not an easy task," explained Brian Peterka.

 

Continue reading at King 5 News


tags: shoreline  waste reduction 

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