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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…

What Do You Do with Old Pool Water?

Is draining the hot tub or pool on your fall chore list? If so, please follow these steps to avoid harming the environment. Pool water contains chemicals that are toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Debris from backwash water…

Don’t Stress Out about Your Lawn this Summer

Lawns in western Washington don’t require irrigation to survive. If you don’t mind a brown lawn during the summer, your lawn will green up again when the rains return in the fall. Watering deeply once a month in summer helps…

Yard Smart Rain Rewards

Do you live in the Juanita Creek watershed? Are any of your roof’s downspouts connected to Kirkland’s stormwater system?  If you answered “yes” to both of these 2 questions, then your property may be eligible for the Yard Smart Rain…

Switch to Green Cleaning Products

My kitten was making a funny sound with his tongue. Knowing his habit of eating things with no resemblance to food, I hunted the apartment for something he might have eaten. A can of oven cleaner I’d saved from our…

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Safely

Did you know that four of five heroin addicts started out with abuse of prescription opiates? Or that home medicines are a leading cause of preventable poisoning for children under age six? Make sure your children don’t get in to…

Choose Your Shopping “Rules” to Make Purchases Simpler

What you bring into your house determines what waste your home will produce and contributes to your household’s environmental footprint. Many of us try to shop conscientiously, considering environmental impacts like climate emissions, water use, pollution, and waste in our…