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In The News | January 08, 2015

Shame Now, Fines Later: Seattle Bans Food In Garbage Cans

Violators get a bright red warning on their trash bins, but they’ll have to pay starting July.

In Seattle, moldy pastries, banana peels, and dinner leftovers aren’t garbage. Neither are paper towels and pizza boxes.

The first day of 2015 marked the enactment of an ordinance banning Seattle residents from tossing food and food-contaminated compostable paper in trash cans. Starting July, a $1 fine will be tacked on a residential home’s garbage bill if a trash collector sees that a bin is at least 10 percent filled with food. For now, bins are marked with a red tag notifying owners of their dirty deed.


Weekly Tips | January 05, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper

Now that the gift wrapping-giving-unwrapping frenzy is officially over, what‘s to be done with that bundle of used wrapping paper? You can always recycle it, but reading our Top Ten crafty ways to reuse your holiday wrapping paper may convince you to keep it around:


Press Release | December 10, 2014

2014 Golden Dumpster Award Winners Announced

Seattle, WA – Tuesday night at the annual BOMA Holiday Gala, the winners of the 2014 Golden Dumpster Award were announced.  In partnership with Recology CleanScapes, BOMA, and Seattle Public Utilities, the Golden Dumpster Award annually recognizes commercial properties in Seattle that have made significant achievements in the areas of waste reduction, recycling and tenant education


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In The News | December 02, 2014

Unique ideas for giving green holiday gifts

You don’t need to keep recycling the same green gift ideas. This year, let’s shake it up a little and get quirky, cool and distinctive with our holiday gifts.

Seattle-area residents are so eco-aware that some might even suffer from “green gift-giving fatigue.” 

You may love to receive green holiday gifts, and you may have several people on your list who love them, too. But your sister already has four reusable water bottles, and last year, you gave your best friend a waste-reducing “experience gift” of tickets to a great play. (Two tickets actually, so she could take you.)

You don’t need to keep recycling the same green gift ideas. This year, let’s shake it up a little and get quirky, cool and distinctive with our holiday gifts.




Ask Charlie | November 21, 2014

Q: Can I recycle my used cooking oil?

A: Dear Tom,

Whether you cook with butter, olive oil or pancetta drippings, your used or unwanted cooking oil and grease can have a life-after-dinner as biofuel. While you can put cooking oil and grease in the garbage you now have another choice - support a local and renewable green fuel movement by donating your kitchen oil.


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