Resource Conservation News and Events
Got Food Scraps? Smaller Food/Yard Waste Containers Now Available!
Would you like to compost your food scraps but aren’t sure where to fit a container? If you live in a townhome or multi-unit household and have your own garbage and recycling account, you can now get a small food/yard waste container from Waste Management. Collection occurs weekly at no additional charge.
With a capacity of 25 gallons, this wheeled cart is smaller than standard 96-gallon container (25”x20”x29” versus 35”x26”x46”).
Acceptable items in the cart include:
• All food scraps, such as fruit and vegetable peelings, meat, and bones
• Food-soiled paper such as pizza boxes and paper towels
• Plant and yard debris such as floral trimmings or branches
• NO plastic bags, liquids or glass.
The 25-gallon containers are available to townhome or multi-unit households who pay individually for garbage and recycling services. To order a container, call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995. You may also choose between a 35-, 64- or 96-gallon container sizes. Note: free collection is offered only for a single container of any of the four available sizes (an additional cart costs $9.18 per month).
Cooking? Why not recycle that used cooking oil?
Used cooking oil can clog the sewage system over time. Now you have an opportunity to recycle and convert it to biodiesel, a sustainable and low carbon fuel.
The City offers a free self-service program, open 24 hours a day, all year round. The cooking oil collection tank is located at the northern edge of the parking lot between the City’s Senior Center and campus parking garage at: 8703 160th Ave. NE.
To ensure safe and secure transport and disposal, put fats and grease in addition to the cooled oil from fryers, pots or pans in a sealed container such as a plastic milk jug. At the disposal tank, slowly pour the cooking oil into the collection container to avoid splatters. Be sure to close the tank’s lid when finished. Take your own containers back home for reuse or disposal and leave nothing behind but the cooking oil you deposited.
This collection site is for cooking oil only. NO motor oil or any other petroleum products. Thank you!
Underground Wells Supply 30-40% of Redmond’s Drinking Water
As you walk around downtown Redmond, it’s easy to overlook one of the downtown area’s best-kept secrets: underneath your feet is a water source that supplies 30-40% of the city’s drinking water. This underground water supply, or “aquifer,” is a vital community asset and will continue in importance as the city pursues environmentally sustainable growth.
Located beneath City Center and extending east towards Novelty and Union Hill, Redmond’s aquifer starts only 5 to15 feet below the surface. To access it, Redmond operates five shallow municipal wells that pump between 3 and 5 million gallons of clean groundwater from it daily. This water is then delivered to homes and businesses in Redmond and portions of King County, serving as a valuable resource that makes Redmond’s water rates among the lowest on the Eastside.
At the same time that our aquifer makes the city unique, particular challenges exist to keeping it clean. This is because the aquifer is replenished partially by stormwater (rainwater that comes into contact with hard surfaces, such as pavement, and runs off). If the stormwater has picked up oil, grease, fertilizers or other pollutants that are improperly stored or handled, it can transport some of these below ground as it seeps or “infiltrates” into the aquifer. A contaminated aquifer would mean years before Redmond’s water could be useable again.
The City of Redmond, its residents and businesses are already taking action to prevent pollution. Under the Wellhead Protection Ordinance, construction sites implement specific protection standards, and businesses are reducing the amount of chemicals they store, use and handle onsite with assistance of City staff. Additionally, the City monitors the quality and quantity of water in the aquifer through nearly 100 monitoring wells to look for early signs of potential contamination. Through these and many other actions, Redmond can maintain clean, reliable drinking water for years to come.
Redmond Businesses Recognized for Recycling
Congratulations to Redmond businesses that have taken the Recycling Pledge for 2015: 2015 Redmond Recycle Pledge
For more information about King County businesses that are recognized as a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling, visit King County Recycling Best Workplaces.
Want more information on native plants?
Visit these great sites:
King County Go Native
Washington Native Plant Society
Say 'No' to Junk Mail & Phonebooks! New Online Service
The King County EcoConsumer program has joined forces with non-profit Catalog Choice to provide a convenient website where residents can opt out of thousands of different catalogs, coupons, credit offers, circulars, newsletters, other junk mailings and unwanted phone books. In addition to making mail and phone book opt-outs easier, this partnership will allow King County to make solid estimates about the amount of paper waste being diverted from its regional landfill.
Using ZIP codes, Catalog Choice will provide to the County data on the amount of mail being reduced and the number of County residents participating. Visit the new website Catalog Choice.
Green Redmond Partnership
Volunteer with the Green Redmond Partnership at one of the City's parks or become a Forest Steward. There are dates at different locations throughout the year.
Volunteer Opportunities for the Environment
Sign up for an exciting volunteer opportunity including Salmon Watching, Storm Drain Marking, and much more!