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Christmas tree recycling is easy and affordable for King County residents
King County encourages everyone to start the new year on a green note by recycling their Christmas trees, rather than throwing them in the garbage.
Q13 News: Recycle the holidays external link
Wrapping paper, Christmas cards, Styrofoam, the turkey carcass, the wreath – after the holidays, where does it all go? King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares holiday recycling and waste reduction tips with morning news anchor Kaci Aitchison—from KCPQ13 News.
Flow of landfill gas to energy plant resumes after King County repairs, tests pipeline
Gas created from decomposing garbage once again going to facility that scrubs, transfers landfill gas from Cedar Hills Regional Landfill to natural gas pipeline
King County investigates cause of break in landfill gas pipe
Cold weather in the single digits among factors being investigated
KOMO4 News: Green and Local Holiday Gifts Youtube
From Sasquatch's stocking to a homemade gift from a toilet-paper roll, EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Molly Shen check out fun, green and locally-made gift ideas.
Updated King County green building policy tops in nation for facility sustainability, performance
New policy guides construction and renovation projects to ensure County's continued leadership in resource use, conservation
King County helps you go green for the holiday season external link
Holiday waste reduction has never been easier, and King County's Green Holidays program is here to help—from the Tukwila Reporter.
KOMO4 News: Green Holiday Decorating Youtube
Use those old coffee-cup sleeves, popsicle sticks, branches from the yard and even broken CDs to make holiday decorations! EcoConsumer Tom Watson shows anchor Molly Shen a few fun ideas.
Help protect your pipes – and save money – by recycling used cooking oil and fats
Give post-feast grease a new life as environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.
KOMO4 News: Green Your Ride Youtube
Car upholstery made from recycled water bottles. Used motor oil recycling. An electric vehicle for car-pooling. Even baby car seat recycling! EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Molly Shen check out these and other fun ways to reduce the environmental impact from cars and driving.
King County Parks seeks public comments on new rules that crack down on illegal dumping
Cleaning dumpsites take funds, staff away from other management work; Citizens invited to review, comment on illegal dumping rules proposals by Dec. 23
Make sure food waste is part of home's recycling planDownload PDF 60 K
If you're a food scraps recycling skeptic, it's time to reconsider. If you already recycle your food scraps, we'll offer a few tips to make it even easier—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times
KOMO4 News: Eco-Friendly Bathrooms Youtube
Checking out a water-efficient toilet, a composting toilet, a cool baby bathtub and more, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam get green in the bathroom.
King County campaign takes a bite out of household food waste
Food is expensive and valuable, yet Americans throw away 25 percent of the food they purchase. To reduce food waste, the King County Solid Waste Division has launched the Food: Too Good to Waste education campaign.
KOMO4 News: "Green" and Healthy Fast Food Youtube
Fast food doesn’t have to be junk food! EcoConsumer Tom Watson, anchor Mary Nam and weatherman Steve Pool have fun checking out and sampling local and sustainable fast food.
KOMO4 News: Eco-Cool Back-to-School Youtube
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and anchor Mary Nam check out fun ways to get your green on as kids of all ages head back to school.
Steps can be taken now to avoid issuesDownload PDF 68 K
Making drainage and rain-collection improvements this summer will help ensure that water doesn’t wreak havoc in your yard or home this winter—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times
King County Executive announces ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’
Now in its seventh year, program recognizes 89 local organizations for exceptional waste reduction efforts.
King County Green Schools Program honors 39 schools for conservation
Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across King County earned recognition in June for their successful conservation practices from the County’s Green Schools Program.
You’ve got options when dealing with weedsDownload PDF 69 K
Using chemical weed killers may seem like "science." But for consumers, it’s a crapshoot—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.
King County brownfields program manager wins national leadership award
Lucy Auster, manager of King County's successful Brownfields Program, has won a leadership award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP).
Green, green grass of homeDownload PDF 87 K
Tailor your lawn to your lifestyle by taking advantage of the many innovative options available for lawn care and lawn alternatives—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson’s column, reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.
Earth Week events offer chances to learn more, do more about environment
King County provides green tips, resources, events that show how it’s ‘Easy Being Green’ on Earth Day and beyond
Washington State Ferry terminals earn highest EnviroStars rating
Ten state ferry terminals meet high environmental standards, including three terminals in King County.
Clothes recycling goes curbside as demand rises external link
Cities are going curbside to collect even the worn, torn and tattered—from USA Today.
King County Green Globe Awards – Recognizing Outstanding achievement in Environmental Stewardship
The Green Globe award is the most prestigious environmental award presented by King County every two years. The award recognizes projects that excel in leadership and activities that foster stewardship by protecting the environment, managing natural resources and benefiting the community.
Learn how to recycle more through free King County program
Master Recycler Composter class participants teach others how to waste less and recycle more.
King County reaches ambitious goal of 50 percent renewable energy
Capturing landfill gas from decomposing garbage among innovative means of generating renewable energy.
Keeping house clean doesn't have to be expensiveDownload PDF 80 K
Follow simple steps to reduce your chemical dependence and save money as you come clean—King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson's column, reprinted with permission from The Seattle Times.