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Waste Watchers Program

New Waste Watchers program promotes less waste and more savings
This summer the cities of Redmond, Bothell, and Kirkland have partnered with Waste Management to bring residents a new waste reduction program called Waste Watchers. Take the Waste Watchers pledge online and choose waste reducing activities. A Waste Management representative will call you to discuss downsizing your garbage cart which will save money on your garbage bill.

Want to Become a Salmon Watcher Volunteer for our Area?

Our dedicated volunteers watch for fish on their assigned creeks two times a week from September through December. The information they collect helps us know where salmon are spawning in our streams, and sometimes where barriers exist to salmon migration. Volunteers act as our "eyes and ears" in the watersheds and give us a heads up when things go awry in our neighborhood creeks.

Find out more about the program, including how to identify salmon in your neighborhood and training schedules, by exploring the King County Salmon Watchers site. 


Redmond Businesses Recognized for Recycling

Congratulations to Redmond businesses recognized as a 2012 Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling! Redmond honorees are:

  • City of Redmond
  • Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop
  • Emerald Heights Retirement Community
  • FCS Group
  • Golder Associates Inc.
  • Hot off the Press
  • Keeney's Office Supply
  • Lake Washington School District
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Noetix Corp., PS Business Parks
  • Sammamish Montessori School
  • Thinkspace
  • Together Center
  • VMC Consulting

For more information about the program and the honorees, visit King County Recycling Best Workplaces.

Want more information on native plants?

Visit these great sites:

King County Go Native
Washington Native Plant Society 

Changes to Recycling at King County Transfer Station

Beginning February 8, 2013, King County is resuming the collection of standard curbside recyclables at its Houghton Transfer Station. The following recyclable materials are accepted for free:  glass bottles and jars, tin and aluminum cans, plastic bottles, mixed paper, newspaper, and cardboard.

Houghton Transfer Station is located at 11724 NE 60th Street, Kirkland.  The station is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm, and 8:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.  In Redmond, residents can recycle the same above mentioned materials through a citywide program with curbside recycling carts.  Extra material that does not fit in your cart can be placed curbside in clearly marked containers, also at no extra cost.  For more information about curbside recycling in Redmond visit Waste Management/Redmond.  

King County Solid Waste Fee Increase

Effective January 1, 2012, the King County Solid Waste disposal fee will increase. The fee increase will cover rising operating costs and help pay for modernizing the 1960s-era network of transfer stations operated by the King County Solid Waste Division. The average residential customer who puts out one container of garbage per week for curbside collection is likely to see an increase of about 82 cents per month in the garbage bill from their hauler.

For more information visit King County Solid Waste Facilities

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.

Whole Foods Market in Redmond & Nature Vision

Every time you shop at Whole Foods Market in Redmond (17991 NE Redmond Way), be sure to take your reusable bag with you! At the register, you’ll have the option of donating $.10 per bag to a nonprofit – just tell the cashier that you’d like your Bag Donations to go to Nature Vision!

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 Environmentunderline

Sign up for an exciting volunteer opportunity including Salmon Watching, Storm Drain Marking, and much more!