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Innovating with Recycling Beyond the Curb

Many of us are familiar with three carts for our waste – one for trash, recycling, and food + yard composting. We’ve had these carts for many years in Kirkland, and many people do a great job of separating food…

The Climate Story of Waste

Everything that you dispose of, whether an apple peel in the compost or a candy wrapper in the trash, represents a combination of energy, water, and materials that went into growing or manufacturing and shipping that item. When you throw…

2018 Recycling Year in Review

Celebrating Earth Month City-Wide Kirkland coordinated Earth Month in April 2018, a celebration of all things environmental. The month included a green cleaning class, Styrofoam recycling event, natural yard care workshops, a recycling center tour, and more than a dozen…

Junk mail begone! Declutter your mailbox

Junk mail fills our mailboxes — 2 pieces a day on average in 2012 — and it can feel nigh impossible to staunch the flow. Sightline published an expose on junk mail in 2016, after a staff member spent years…

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Lessons from a Month of Meal Planning

I used to diligently plan my meals each week, but I fell out of the habit about five years ago. I felt like I’d developed a good repertoire of recipes I could prepare from the pantry and fridge — but…

2017 Recycling Year in Review

For some, 2017 was a trying, tumultuous, and odd year to say the least.  We all experienced a new administration in Washington, DC; horrific shootings in Texas and Las Vegas; devastating hurricanes in Florida and Texas; a disturbing trend in…