Share your photos for Earth Day and be entered to win I Love the 90’s Tour concert tickets

This Earth Day, we want to see your vision of green – through your photographs. We’re looking for photographers to capture what makes King County so special – its natural beauty. Share your photo to be entered to win a pair (2 tickets) to the I love the 90’s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Sir … More Share your photos for Earth Day and be entered to win I Love the 90’s Tour concert tickets

Water sampling at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

We’re rounding out our Earth Week with some environmental science at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. Water sampling is an integral part of our work at the Solid Waste Division. In addition to ensuring we meet our regulatory requirements, water sampling also helps us protect human health and the environment. The Water Sampling Crew begins … More Water sampling at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

Commingling makes recycling even easier

Recycling is even easier at Solid Waste Division recycling and transfer stations with commingled recycling. “Commingling” means you can put different recyclable materials in the same bin. That makes recycling easy and efficient. When visiting the Bow Lake, Cedar Falls, Enumclaw, Houghton, Renton, Skykomish, Shoreline, and Vashon transfer stations and drop boxes, just look for … More Commingling makes recycling even easier

Kicking off Earth Week by honoring environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards

From preserving Treaty rights that protect air and water quality, to stewardship organizations that help safely collect and dispose of hazardous materials, to open space preservation, earth-friendly building practices and more, King County’s 2017 Green Globe Award winners are an inspiration to those working to protect the environment. The Green Globe Awards are the County’s … More Kicking off Earth Week by honoring environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards

Damaged clothes aren’t garbage anymore

Did you know that, thanks to a partnership between King County and Seattle Public Utilities, damaged clothes aren’t garbage anymore? Every day, recyclable and reusable clothes, shoes, and linens end up in the garbage due to the misconception that thrift stores and other collectors will only accept “gently used,” resalable items. In fact, nearly every … More Damaged clothes aren’t garbage anymore

Big reason we love trees: they store carbon

As part of Celebrating Science during Earth Week, we are focusing on the science behind trees. King County and partners will plant one million trees by 2020 across King County in both urban and rural areas. Jennifer Vanderhoof, Ecologist with King County Water and Land Resources Division writes an Earth Week exclusive.  How trees store carbon? … More Big reason we love trees: they store carbon

Why shade matters: Earth week special

The Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed covers much of southern King County. In fact, it covers 450 miles. It is home to chinook, chum, coho, pink and steelhead salmon. Map of the watershed Since 2005, local governments in the watershed have carried out restoration projects to protect a healthy watershed ecosystem for both people and … More Why shade matters: Earth week special