Medication, manure, mattresses and more: 1-800-RECYCLE ready for Earth Day Recycling

(OLYMPIA)- Every spring as Washington residents begin their annual cleaning rites, the same question is asked: where can I recycle this? And every spring since 1976, Ecology has worked through its 1-800-RECYCLE line to answer it, search for drop-off services or for collectors who will pick up hard-to-recycle items. The phone number still works, but today customers have the convenience of searching the newly remodeled, online 1-800-RECYCLE database. It includes 1,578 Washington recycling services and more than 70 different types of recyclable materials, including large appliances like dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, washing machines, and dryers. Type in your location and     (read more)

Lean, green, ferry machines: Washington State Ferries releases action plan for sustainable ferry system

(SEATTLE)– In honor of Earth Day, Washington State Ferries launched a two-year Sustainability Action Plan that outlines goals and actions for greener ferries and terminals. The plan includes initiatives to protect orca whales, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, reduce waste and other ways to make the ferry system more sustainable. The Sustainability Action Plan lays out a path to fulfill the Washington State Department of Transportation’s commitment to sustainability, achieve the goals set out in Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Orders 18-01 and 18-02 and implement sustainability recommendations outlined in WSF’s 2040 Long Range Plan. The plan     (read more)

Applications sought for Economic Development Grant projects

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Up to $2,500,000 in grant funding is available for the construction of public facilities in Skagit County that create or retain family-wage jobs in the community. The deadline for application submittal is May 10, 2019. Entities may apply for as many projects as they wish. Award limits will remain at $500,000 per project or project phase, and the criteria established via resolution R20180107 remains unchanged. Complete application materials are available at Application review is expected to begin in early June with award scheduled for late June. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, and may     (read more)

Skagit County residents can dispose of prescription drugs at take-back event

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Safely dispose of your unused prescription medication – for free – during the nationwide annual prescription drug take-back event set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The following sites will be participating in this national event: · Anacortes Police Department, 1218 24th St, Anacortes, WA 98221 · Concrete Community Center with the Concrete Resource Coalition, 45821 Railroad St, Concrete, WA 98237 · Mount Vernon Police Department with the Mount Vernon HOPE Coalition, 1805 Continental Pl, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (FREE medication lock bags available at this location) · PeaceHealth United General Medical Center with Sedro-Woolley RISE, 2000 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (FREE medication lock bags available at this     (read more)

Washington State Ferries to host series of community meetings

(SEATTLE)– This spring, Washington State Ferries will host a series of community meetings for each route it serves. Topics will include proposed changes to passenger fares, implementation of WSF’s 2040 Long Range Plan and issues and projects specific to each route. “We not only want to provide excellent service, we want to be good neighbors to the communities we serve,” said WSF Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. “I’m looking forward to sharing what’s ahead for the future of ferries and hearing from our customers about how we can continue to improve.” Each meeting will include a brief presentation and     (read more)