composting http://www.kplu.org en Bite of Seattle attempts 100 percent compostable http://www.kplu.org/post/bite-seattle-attempts-100-percent-compostable <p>Over 50 food vendors are pitching tents at the Seattle Center this weekend for the annual <a href="http://www.comcastbiteofseattle.com/">Bite of Seattle</a> food fest. Organizers are hoping to make this year&rsquo;s festival a zero-waste event. There are three new composting and recycling booths where visitors can dump their plates and forks.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:14:43 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5664 at http://www.kplu.org Bite of Seattle attempts 100 percent compostable Seattle celebrates composting with 'big dig' for treasure http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-celebrates-composting-big-dig-treasure <p>Food and yard waste make up more than a third of Seattle&rsquo;s waste stream. Much of that used to go into the trash, but now it&rsquo;s being composted.</p><p>Since 2009, the city has been providing weekly pick up of organic waste. Last year it dramatically increased the kinds of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Yard/Yard_Waste_Collection/index.asp">things allowed in municipal compost bins</a>, to include meats and dairy products. Seattle residents composted 125,000 tons of food and yard waste last year. That represents a big shift over the past decade or so.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 22:00:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4634 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle celebrates composting with 'big dig' for treasure Tiny paper can shred recycling options http://www.kplu.org/post/tiny-paper-can-shred-recycling-options <p>A lot of people clear out old documents after the New Year, but you might want to think twice before shredding them.&nbsp; Paper scraps are <a href="http://www.wmnorthwest.com/guidelines/shreddedpaper.htm#">too small for some recycling companies to take</a> from residential customers.&nbsp;</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-942207.mp3</p><p>Recycling workers sort out all types and sizes of paper when it arrives at the center.&nbsp; Newspapers go in one pile, envelopes in another.&nbsp; But those scraps of shredded bills?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:09:17 +0000 Charla Bear 435 at http://www.kplu.org Tiny paper can shred recycling options