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Spring 2010

Natural Yard Care Workshops Composting Map Shows Bike- Who to Contact for
Start Soon Classes Start Friendly Routes
With Basics Plan your spring and summer bicycle trips
Garbage Collection
& Curbside Recycling New Gleaning Project Prevents Waste
Learn about environmentally friendly Backyard Composting with our recently published bike map. American Disposal Pierce County Refuse
Picked Produce Will Benefit Food Banks
yard and garden maintenance in a Learn how to improve the quality Pierce County Public Works and (253) 414-0345 (253) 537-8687
It’s a stunning fact: About 25 percent of Multiple Agencies Turn Excess
series of fun and informative workshops of your soil by putting leaves, grass Utilities produced the guide www.murreysdisposal.com www.lemayinc.com
commercially grown food goes to waste in this Into Resource
sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County clippings and other yardwaste to use. for bicyclists traveling to
Lakewood Refuse University Place Refuse/ country. A coalition of Pierce County organizations and
Health Department. Our Backyard “Hot” Composting class major centers, tourist
(253) 588-1705 Westside Disposal And you’ve probably seen a neighborhood fruit individuals is coming together to create the Pierce
Each series will consist of three workshops covers the essentials: the composting attractions and other key
www.lemayinc.com (253) 564-3212 tree ripen beautifully, only to have all the fruit fall County Gleaning Project (PCGP). Their mission is
covering topics such as natural lawn care, garden process, how to compost even in small destinations within Pierce
Murrey’s/DM Disposal www.uprefuse.com and rot on the ground. to turn food waste into resources by “gleaning”—
pest management, soil basics, backyard compost- yards, using finished compost, avoid- County. It identifies existing bikeways
(253) 414-0345 In our busy world, excess fruit and vegetables harvesting excess fresh fruit from neighborhood
ing, sustainable landscape design and smart ing and solving problems, and helpful and scheduled bicycle improvements. The bike
www.murreysdisposal.com often go unused. This wasted food also burdens trees and local farms—in order to increase fresh
watering for your lawn and garden. equipment and tools. There is no cost, map focuses on on-road bikeways (e.g. roads with wide lanes, paved
our solid waste system and creates odor and pest food at local food banks.
Refreshments and yard care but registration is required. shoulders and designated bicycle lanes) and paved shared-use trails.
problems in our communities. The gleaning project will be staffed by the St.
door prizes will be offered at Visit www.piercecountywa.org/bikemap for a printer-friendly online version or for locations to pick up the brochure.
At the same time, demand at local food banks Leo Food Connection working in collaboration
each workshop. Worm Bin Composting You can also request a copy by emailing bikemap@co.pierce.wa.us or calling (253) 798-3552.
has increased dramatically in recent years. with numerous community partners, including the
To register, or for more Did you know that red worms
Pierce County Master Gardeners
information, please have five pairs of hearts? Come For More Information:
and the Pierce County Food
contact Geoff Rinehart at to our food waste composting PIERCE COUNTY SOLID WASTE DIVISION.......... (253) 798-2179 PIERCE CO. PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES, ROAD MAINTENANCE
Coalition.
class to find out more about how this 24-hour Info Line...............................................(253) 798-4115 Adopt-A-Road Information..............................(253) 798-6000
(253) 798-4587 or grinehart@tpchd.org. “We’re excited to work with
unique species makes some of the Website............................. www.piercecountywa.org/solidwaste PIERCE COUNTY RESPONDS. ............................(253) 798-4636
E-mail......................................... pcsolidwaste@co.pierce.wa.us these groups because this is a
best nutrient-rich compost. Website.................................... www.piercecountyresponds.org
NATURAL YARD CARE WORKSHOPS STATEWIDE RECYCLING INFORMATION.............1-800-RECYCLE E-mail.......................................... pcresponds@co.pierce.wa.us
community-based effort that will
You may register for “instruction
Gig Harbor Civic Center / 3510 Grandview St. help to achieve our goal of diverting 75
only” for no fee, or for $30 you will TACOMA-PIERCE CO. HEALTH DEPT. Pierce County Responds accepts reports on a variety of land use,
April 13, 21, 27 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. percent of the waste from the landfill,” said
go home with a 14-gallon plastic Household Hazardous Waste Info.................1-800-287-6429 dumping and vehicle-related nuisances.
Kristen McIvor, Environmental Educator, Pierce
South Hill* / Meridian Habitat Park / 14422 Meridian E. worm bin, a pound of red worms and
April 15, 22, 29 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. County Public Works and Utilities. The PCGP will
class supplies.
April 22 class features TV/radio gardening personality Ed Hume focus on two primary sources of produce—
Classes are offered regularly. Reg-
commercial growers and homeowners throughout
Graham* / Frontier Park Lodge / 21800 Meridian E. istration is required. Deadline is two
the county.
May 4, 11, 18 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. weeks before each class.
For more information or to register, Community Involvement Needed
*South Hill and Graham workshops are co-sponsored with
Pierce County Parks & Recreation and require an $8 fee call (253) 798-2179 or e-mail pcsolid- You can help the gleaning team in a number
(pre-registration required). waste@co.pierce.wa.us. You can also of ways.
register online at www.piercecounty- • Volunteer to glean. Sign up to
wa.org/compost. help with farm glean-
Classes meet at the Environmen- ing or fruit tree
SoundGRO Fertilizer
®

tal Services Building Training Room harvest.


Helps Close Loop in University Place, unless otherwise • “Donate” your
To start your yard care regimen this spring, consider noted. fruit tree. Contact
adding SoundGRO® Fertilizer to your list. the PCGP if you would
SoundGRO® is a 100 percent naturally organic fertilizer, manufactured by like to donate fruit from
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities from biosolids of the wastewater Class Schedule your fruit tree. You can
treatment process. BACKYARD COMPOSTING have it fully picked,
Because of its water-insoluble nitrogen source, SoundGRO® will not (Instruction Only) partially harvested
easily wash away like chemical fertilizers. April 17, 10 a.m.–noon or have a bag of
You can apply the SoundGRO® slow-release, non-burning pellets with May 25, 10 a.m.–noon picked fruit left
a regular broadcast or drop spreader on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowering (WSU Extension, Puyallup) with you. Accepted
beds and vegetable gardens. FOOD WASTE COMPOSTING fruits include:
SoundGRO® is available at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater (Worm Bin) University Place, WA 98467-1078 apples, plums, pears,
Treatment Plant, 10311 Chambers Creek Road West in University Place. Hours May 15, 10 a.m.–noon 9850 64th Street West peaches, grapes and
are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; closed for lunch 11:30–noon. June 9, 6-8 p.m. Solid Waste Division Continued inside…
Prices start at $3.50 per 50-pound bag. Visit www.soundgro.com for Public Works and Utilities
Additional classes may be added. Earth Matters is a publication of Pierce County Pierce County Executive: Pierce County Council: Roger Bush, Chair
more information or call (253) 798-4005. Public Works and Utilities, Solid Waste Division. Pat McCarthy Shawn Bunney Tim Farrell Joyce McDonald
Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper and recyclable Barbara Gelman Terry Lee Dick Muri
through Pierce County’s curbside recycling program.
Gleaning Project, cont’d.
 berries. These should be pesticide donating their fruit to our program. Puyallup Hosts Livable Communities
and worm-free and harvested from
the tree or bush (not the ground).
• Be a neighborhood coordinator.
• Spread the word. Tell all your
friends, family and co-workers! You
can request outreach materials or
Celebrate Earth Day April 22 Don’t miss the worms, prizes, rain
gardens and other fantastic features of
the Livable Communities Fair, taking
What else can you do at the exhibit?
• Enter the daily drawings for prizes
such as a rain barrel or worm
Tired of seeing fruit go to waste in download them from the gleaning
place at the Puyallup Spring Fair compost bin
your neighborhood? Volunteer to project website. You can also be a
April 15-18. • Watch demonstrations of rain gar-
organize fellow neighbors to har- “fan” on Facebook. Search for the
vest the trees in your neighborhood.
Training and equipment will be
Pierce County Gleaning Project and
click “be a fan.”
Spring Cleaning: Not Everything Goes in Trash Coordinated by Pierce County, the
Livable Communities Fair will offer
dens and solar electricity
• Make “garbage art” with your kids
hands-on activities, workshops and • Check out the latest eco-products
provided—no experience required. • Provide the tools. The project wel- Following are tips for environmen- (open Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. information at the fairgrounds’ Centen- • Learn about recycling, waste reduc-
• Scout fruit trees in your neighbor- comes your surplus harvesting equip- tally safe ways to dispose of household to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.) nial Building, just inside the Blue Gate. tion and property cleanup programs
hood. If you notice fruit going to ment such as ladders and boxes. items.
For details on how to prepare Visitors will learn about green tech- For more information call
waste on a neighborhood tree, PCGP The gleaning project is an excellent COMPUTERS, MONITORS, TVS: Recycle
and transport household hazard- nologies, renewable energy, recycling (253) 798-7477 or visit
can provide outreach materials to way to help hungry people in our these items free of charge through the and ideas for sustainable living in our
April 15–18
ous waste, call the Hazardous www.livablepiercecounty.org.
help you community and reduce waste at the E-Cycle Washington program. Visit

....................................................................
Waste Line at 1-800-287-6429 community.
talk to same time. www.ecyclewashington.org or call
or visit www.piercecountywa.
your For more information, please visit the 1-800-RECYCLE for more information.
org/hhw.
neighbors Pierce County Gleaning Project website, Another option is the Take It Back
about www.piercecountygleaningproject.org, Network, businesses that recycle these LATEX PAINT is water- School’s week to just once a week.
The expanded recycling program
Now all the recycling containers are
covered.
email: info@piercecountygleaning items for a small fee. See the partici- based and not hazardous.
If you can’t use it up or
Recycling Effort began with a waste audit in the fall “Hunt Elementary is proud of the
project.org, or call Rebecca Goossen at pants’ list, and learn more about the
give it away, dry out the Equals Savings, of 2008. Bob Dieckmann from Pierce work that we are doing,” Hanson said.

............................................
(253) 327-1710. Take It Back Network, at www.pierce-
countywa.org/tibn or call (253) paint and put the can in the Cleaner Campus County Public Works and Utilities and “We will continue to find new ways to
garbage with the lid off. (Landfills The 700 students at Warren Hunt Leonard Cassman, Puyallup School encourage even more recycling and ul-
798-2179.
and garbage haulers can’t accept wet with coffee grounds, kitty litter or saw- pose or donate items in Pierce County. Elementary School in Puyallup are seri- District Maintenance Administrator, led timately reduce our carbon footprint.”
CAPE Keeps • “Dumpsters”: These large containers
can be provided to clean up public
OLD CLOTHES, FURNITURE, BOOKS:
Donate or sell items that are in good
paint.) To speed up drying, add kitty dust, then add water. Seal it in another From appliances and carpet to micro- ous about their recycling. They have no the students through the audit.
Patti Punzi’s 6th grade class is in HUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Neighborhood properties such as a park or open condition. Try a consignment shop,
litter, sawdust, grass clippings or thin
strips of newspaper. If the paint can
bag. Throw it in your garbage. Destroy wave ovens and remodeling debris, this trouble filling 18 recycling carts, and
the garbage truck visits half as often as charge of making sure the recycling RECYCLING PROGRAM SUCCESS
prescription information. For more website lists more than 100 categories
Cleanup space owned by your community thrift store, yard sale or list online.
is too full to add an absorbent, line a information visit www.safedrugdispos- to assist you with your recycling and it did before. bins are set out for pickup.
Affordable (cannot be used to clean private Also check out the free online option,
www.2good2toss.com.
cardboard box with a plastic bag, pour alnw.org or www.medicinereturn.com. disposal needs. You can also contact Hunt started with 14 recycle carts, “Mrs. Punzi and her class, and our
Need an incentive to start a properties). Once filled, the CAPE in paint and mix with an absorbent. Our online Recycling and Disposal the Pierce County Solid Waste then added four more when milk car- custodian Carol Stanford, are the pri-
community spring cleaning project? program will pay the disposal fees for OIL-BASED PAINT, PESTICIDES, Directory, at www.piercecountywa.org/ Division at (253) 798-2179 for more ton recycling began this year. The carts mary reason why our recycle program
FLUORESCENT BULBS AND TUBES
Assistance is available from Pierce the waste collected by volunteers. HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS AND OTHER recycle, lists locations to recycle, dis- information. are filled to the brim and emptied every has had the success that we enjoy,”
contain small amounts of mercury and
County Responds—a program coordi- If your community is selected for a HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES: two weeks. Hanson said.
should never be placed in the garbage. 2008 2009 2009 2009
nated by Public Works and Utilities. CAPE project, Pierce County Responds These products are labeled “corro- “Sometimes we have so much recy- Besides the cost savings in garbage garbage garbage recycling garbage +
Take It Back Network participants who
The Community Assistance and staff will work with your community sive,” “flammable,” “poison,” “toxic,” Borrow a Kit for cling that we have to call for an extra service, Hunt’s recycling efforts also cost cost cost recycling
collect fluorescent bulbs and tubes $6,595.99 $3,560.42 $1,541.96 cost
Public Education (CAPE) program was
created to make County resources
representative to arrange a date we will
be in your neighborhood. A commu-
“danger,” “warning” or “caution.”
Examples include drain cleaner, insec-
include: McLendon Hardware stores Fish-Friendly Car Washing pickup after just one week,” said Mike
Hanson, Hunt Elementary’s counselor
have kept the school grounds cleaner.
Paper and cardboard in open recycling
$5,102.20*

(Bulbs: no charge. Tubes: fee) and Se- Your fundraising car wash might be bad news for local waterways. * Reduction in waste spending of $1,493.79
available for a scheduled community nity meeting will take place before the ticides, weed killer and pool chemicals. and recycling containers used to blow across campus.
attle Lighting (Bulbs and tubes: fee for Water that runs into storm drains goes directly into our lakes, streams and
cleanup day. actual cleanup day. Try to use them up or give leftovers project coordi-
both). Other recycling locations include Puget Sound with little or no treatment. The runoff from car washes contains
Potential CAPE assistance includes: Please call (253) 798-4636 or submit to a neighbor. Don’t put them in the nator.
the Hidden Valley Hazardous Waste soap, oil and other pollutants that are toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
• Litter Credits: Eligible recipients at an online request at www.piercecoun- garbage. Milk cartons
Facility and the Tacoma Hazardous You can prevent the pollution with
properties in unincorporated Pierce tyresponds.org. Instead, take the items to the facili- took up the
Waste Facility. For more information an easy-to-use car wash kit that Pierce
County may receive a $100 disposal ties listed below. Pierce County resi- most space in
visit www.piercecountywa.org/fbulb. County Public Works and Utilities loans
credit at participating transfer sta- dents can drop off products free of the school’s
charge. UNWANTED MEDICINES: Unwanted and out free. These kits use a storm drain
tions. garbage con-
• Tacoma Hazardous Waste Collection outdated pharmaceuticals pose seri- insert and a pump to send the dirty
• Junk Vehicle Affidavits: These are tainer. Just by
Facility at 3510 S. Mullen Street, ous safety and environmental threats water to a sewer system or vegetated
used in place of a title to have a junk recycling milk
just east of Fircrest (open seven days ranging from child poisonings, illegal area to soak into the ground.
vehicle removed from your property. cartons, Hunt
a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except use, and contamination of our streams Find out more at www.piercecounty
Hulk haulers will not remove junk has cut its
major holidays) and drinking water. Safe disposal is wa.org/carwash or call (253) 798-2725
vehicles if you do not have either a garbage pickup
Pierce County Responds has programs to
• Hidden Valley Transfer Station, quick and easy: Don’t flush them. Mix to reserve a kit.
title or a junk vehicle affidavit. help with litter cleanup on private and from twice a
public property. 17925 Meridian Street E., Puyallup medicines in a sealable plastic bag
Gleaning Project, cont’d.
 berries. These should be pesticide donating their fruit to our program. Puyallup Hosts Livable Communities
and worm-free and harvested from
the tree or bush (not the ground).
• Be a neighborhood coordinator.
• Spread the word. Tell all your
friends, family and co-workers! You
can request outreach materials or
Celebrate Earth Day April 22 Don’t miss the worms, prizes, rain
gardens and other fantastic features of
the Livable Communities Fair, taking
What else can you do at the exhibit?
• Enter the daily drawings for prizes
such as a rain barrel or worm
Tired of seeing fruit go to waste in download them from the gleaning
place at the Puyallup Spring Fair compost bin
your neighborhood? Volunteer to project website. You can also be a
April 15-18. • Watch demonstrations of rain gar-
organize fellow neighbors to har- “fan” on Facebook. Search for the
vest the trees in your neighborhood.
Training and equipment will be
Pierce County Gleaning Project and
click “be a fan.”
Spring Cleaning: Not Everything Goes in Trash Coordinated by Pierce County, the
Livable Communities Fair will offer
dens and solar electricity
• Make “garbage art” with your kids
hands-on activities, workshops and • Check out the latest eco-products
provided—no experience required. • Provide the tools. The project wel- Following are tips for environmen- (open Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. information at the fairgrounds’ Centen- • Learn about recycling, waste reduc-
• Scout fruit trees in your neighbor- comes your surplus harvesting equip- tally safe ways to dispose of household to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.) nial Building, just inside the Blue Gate. tion and property cleanup programs
hood. If you notice fruit going to ment such as ladders and boxes. items.
For details on how to prepare Visitors will learn about green tech- For more information call
waste on a neighborhood tree, PCGP The gleaning project is an excellent COMPUTERS, MONITORS, TVS: Recycle
and transport household hazard- nologies, renewable energy, recycling (253) 798-7477 or visit
can provide outreach materials to way to help hungry people in our these items free of charge through the and ideas for sustainable living in our
April 15–18
ous waste, call the Hazardous www.livablepiercecounty.org.
help you community and reduce waste at the E-Cycle Washington program. Visit

....................................................................
Waste Line at 1-800-287-6429 community.
talk to same time. www.ecyclewashington.org or call
or visit www.piercecountywa.
your For more information, please visit the 1-800-RECYCLE for more information.
org/hhw.
neighbors Pierce County Gleaning Project website, Another option is the Take It Back
about www.piercecountygleaningproject.org, Network, businesses that recycle these LATEX PAINT is water- School’s week to just once a week.
The expanded recycling program
Now all the recycling containers are
covered.
email: info@piercecountygleaning items for a small fee. See the partici- based and not hazardous.
If you can’t use it up or
Recycling Effort began with a waste audit in the fall “Hunt Elementary is proud of the
project.org, or call Rebecca Goossen at pants’ list, and learn more about the
give it away, dry out the Equals Savings, of 2008. Bob Dieckmann from Pierce work that we are doing,” Hanson said.

............................................
(253) 327-1710. Take It Back Network, at www.pierce-
countywa.org/tibn or call (253) paint and put the can in the Cleaner Campus County Public Works and Utilities and “We will continue to find new ways to
garbage with the lid off. (Landfills The 700 students at Warren Hunt Leonard Cassman, Puyallup School encourage even more recycling and ul-
798-2179.
and garbage haulers can’t accept wet with coffee grounds, kitty litter or saw- pose or donate items in Pierce County. Elementary School in Puyallup are seri- District Maintenance Administrator, led timately reduce our carbon footprint.”
CAPE Keeps • “Dumpsters”: These large containers
can be provided to clean up public
OLD CLOTHES, FURNITURE, BOOKS:
Donate or sell items that are in good
paint.) To speed up drying, add kitty dust, then add water. Seal it in another From appliances and carpet to micro- ous about their recycling. They have no the students through the audit.
Patti Punzi’s 6th grade class is in HUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Neighborhood properties such as a park or open condition. Try a consignment shop,
litter, sawdust, grass clippings or thin
strips of newspaper. If the paint can
bag. Throw it in your garbage. Destroy wave ovens and remodeling debris, this trouble filling 18 recycling carts, and
the garbage truck visits half as often as charge of making sure the recycling RECYCLING PROGRAM SUCCESS
prescription information. For more website lists more than 100 categories
Cleanup space owned by your community thrift store, yard sale or list online.
is too full to add an absorbent, line a information visit www.safedrugdispos- to assist you with your recycling and it did before. bins are set out for pickup.
Affordable (cannot be used to clean private Also check out the free online option,
www.2good2toss.com.
cardboard box with a plastic bag, pour alnw.org or www.medicinereturn.com. disposal needs. You can also contact Hunt started with 14 recycle carts, “Mrs. Punzi and her class, and our
Need an incentive to start a properties). Once filled, the CAPE in paint and mix with an absorbent. Our online Recycling and Disposal the Pierce County Solid Waste then added four more when milk car- custodian Carol Stanford, are the pri-
community spring cleaning project? program will pay the disposal fees for OIL-BASED PAINT, PESTICIDES, Directory, at www.piercecountywa.org/ Division at (253) 798-2179 for more ton recycling began this year. The carts mary reason why our recycle program
FLUORESCENT BULBS AND TUBES
Assistance is available from Pierce the waste collected by volunteers. HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS AND OTHER recycle, lists locations to recycle, dis- information. are filled to the brim and emptied every has had the success that we enjoy,”
contain small amounts of mercury and
County Responds—a program coordi- If your community is selected for a HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES: two weeks. Hanson said.
should never be placed in the garbage. 2008 2009 2009 2009
nated by Public Works and Utilities. CAPE project, Pierce County Responds These products are labeled “corro- “Sometimes we have so much recy- Besides the cost savings in garbage garbage garbage recycling garbage +
Take It Back Network participants who
The Community Assistance and staff will work with your community sive,” “flammable,” “poison,” “toxic,” Borrow a Kit for cling that we have to call for an extra service, Hunt’s recycling efforts also cost cost cost recycling
collect fluorescent bulbs and tubes $6,595.99 $3,560.42 $1,541.96 cost
Public Education (CAPE) program was
created to make County resources
representative to arrange a date we will
be in your neighborhood. A commu-
“danger,” “warning” or “caution.”
Examples include drain cleaner, insec-
include: McLendon Hardware stores Fish-Friendly Car Washing pickup after just one week,” said Mike
Hanson, Hunt Elementary’s counselor
have kept the school grounds cleaner.
Paper and cardboard in open recycling
$5,102.20*

(Bulbs: no charge. Tubes: fee) and Se- Your fundraising car wash might be bad news for local waterways. * Reduction in waste spending of $1,493.79
available for a scheduled community nity meeting will take place before the ticides, weed killer and pool chemicals. and recycling containers used to blow across campus.
attle Lighting (Bulbs and tubes: fee for Water that runs into storm drains goes directly into our lakes, streams and
cleanup day. actual cleanup day. Try to use them up or give leftovers project coordi-
both). Other recycling locations include Puget Sound with little or no treatment. The runoff from car washes contains
Potential CAPE assistance includes: Please call (253) 798-4636 or submit to a neighbor. Don’t put them in the nator.
the Hidden Valley Hazardous Waste soap, oil and other pollutants that are toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
• Litter Credits: Eligible recipients at an online request at www.piercecoun- garbage. Milk cartons
Facility and the Tacoma Hazardous You can prevent the pollution with
properties in unincorporated Pierce tyresponds.org. Instead, take the items to the facili- took up the
Waste Facility. For more information an easy-to-use car wash kit that Pierce
County may receive a $100 disposal ties listed below. Pierce County resi- most space in
visit www.piercecountywa.org/fbulb. County Public Works and Utilities loans
credit at participating transfer sta- dents can drop off products free of the school’s
charge. UNWANTED MEDICINES: Unwanted and out free. These kits use a storm drain
tions. garbage con-
• Tacoma Hazardous Waste Collection outdated pharmaceuticals pose seri- insert and a pump to send the dirty
• Junk Vehicle Affidavits: These are tainer. Just by
Facility at 3510 S. Mullen Street, ous safety and environmental threats water to a sewer system or vegetated
used in place of a title to have a junk recycling milk
just east of Fircrest (open seven days ranging from child poisonings, illegal area to soak into the ground.
vehicle removed from your property. cartons, Hunt
a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except use, and contamination of our streams Find out more at www.piercecounty
Hulk haulers will not remove junk has cut its
major holidays) and drinking water. Safe disposal is wa.org/carwash or call (253) 798-2725
vehicles if you do not have either a garbage pickup
Pierce County Responds has programs to
• Hidden Valley Transfer Station, quick and easy: Don’t flush them. Mix to reserve a kit.
title or a junk vehicle affidavit. help with litter cleanup on private and from twice a
public property. 17925 Meridian Street E., Puyallup medicines in a sealable plastic bag
Gleaning Project, cont’d.
 berries. These should be pesticide donating their fruit to our program. Puyallup Hosts Livable Communities
and worm-free and harvested from
the tree or bush (not the ground).
• Be a neighborhood coordinator.
• Spread the word. Tell all your
friends, family and co-workers! You
can request outreach materials or
Celebrate Earth Day April 22 Don’t miss the worms, prizes, rain
gardens and other fantastic features of
the Livable Communities Fair, taking
What else can you do at the exhibit?
• Enter the daily drawings for prizes
such as a rain barrel or worm
Tired of seeing fruit go to waste in download them from the gleaning
place at the Puyallup Spring Fair compost bin
your neighborhood? Volunteer to project website. You can also be a
April 15-18. • Watch demonstrations of rain gar-
organize fellow neighbors to har- “fan” on Facebook. Search for the
vest the trees in your neighborhood.
Training and equipment will be
Pierce County Gleaning Project and
click “be a fan.”
Spring Cleaning: Not Everything Goes in Trash Coordinated by Pierce County, the
Livable Communities Fair will offer
dens and solar electricity
• Make “garbage art” with your kids
hands-on activities, workshops and • Check out the latest eco-products
provided—no experience required. • Provide the tools. The project wel- Following are tips for environmen- (open Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. information at the fairgrounds’ Centen- • Learn about recycling, waste reduc-
• Scout fruit trees in your neighbor- comes your surplus harvesting equip- tally safe ways to dispose of household to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.) nial Building, just inside the Blue Gate. tion and property cleanup programs
hood. If you notice fruit going to ment such as ladders and boxes. items.
For details on how to prepare Visitors will learn about green tech- For more information call
waste on a neighborhood tree, PCGP The gleaning project is an excellent COMPUTERS, MONITORS, TVS: Recycle
and transport household hazard- nologies, renewable energy, recycling (253) 798-7477 or visit
can provide outreach materials to way to help hungry people in our these items free of charge through the and ideas for sustainable living in our
April 15–18
ous waste, call the Hazardous www.livablepiercecounty.org.
help you community and reduce waste at the E-Cycle Washington program. Visit

....................................................................
Waste Line at 1-800-287-6429 community.
talk to same time. www.ecyclewashington.org or call
or visit www.piercecountywa.
your For more information, please visit the 1-800-RECYCLE for more information.
org/hhw.
neighbors Pierce County Gleaning Project website, Another option is the Take It Back
about www.piercecountygleaningproject.org, Network, businesses that recycle these LATEX PAINT is water- School’s week to just once a week.
The expanded recycling program
Now all the recycling containers are
covered.
email: info@piercecountygleaning items for a small fee. See the partici- based and not hazardous.
If you can’t use it up or
Recycling Effort began with a waste audit in the fall “Hunt Elementary is proud of the
project.org, or call Rebecca Goossen at pants’ list, and learn more about the
give it away, dry out the Equals Savings, of 2008. Bob Dieckmann from Pierce work that we are doing,” Hanson said.

............................................
(253) 327-1710. Take It Back Network, at www.pierce-
countywa.org/tibn or call (253) paint and put the can in the Cleaner Campus County Public Works and Utilities and “We will continue to find new ways to
garbage with the lid off. (Landfills The 700 students at Warren Hunt Leonard Cassman, Puyallup School encourage even more recycling and ul-
798-2179.
and garbage haulers can’t accept wet with coffee grounds, kitty litter or saw- pose or donate items in Pierce County. Elementary School in Puyallup are seri- District Maintenance Administrator, led timately reduce our carbon footprint.”
CAPE Keeps • “Dumpsters”: These large containers
can be provided to clean up public
OLD CLOTHES, FURNITURE, BOOKS:
Donate or sell items that are in good
paint.) To speed up drying, add kitty dust, then add water. Seal it in another From appliances and carpet to micro- ous about their recycling. They have no the students through the audit.
Patti Punzi’s 6th grade class is in HUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Neighborhood properties such as a park or open condition. Try a consignment shop,
litter, sawdust, grass clippings or thin
strips of newspaper. If the paint can
bag. Throw it in your garbage. Destroy wave ovens and remodeling debris, this trouble filling 18 recycling carts, and
the garbage truck visits half as often as charge of making sure the recycling RECYCLING PROGRAM SUCCESS
prescription information. For more website lists more than 100 categories
Cleanup space owned by your community thrift store, yard sale or list online.
is too full to add an absorbent, line a information visit www.safedrugdispos- to assist you with your recycling and it did before. bins are set out for pickup.
Affordable (cannot be used to clean private Also check out the free online option,
www.2good2toss.com.
cardboard box with a plastic bag, pour alnw.org or www.medicinereturn.com. disposal needs. You can also contact Hunt started with 14 recycle carts, “Mrs. Punzi and her class, and our
Need an incentive to start a properties). Once filled, the CAPE in paint and mix with an absorbent. Our online Recycling and Disposal the Pierce County Solid Waste then added four more when milk car- custodian Carol Stanford, are the pri-
community spring cleaning project? program will pay the disposal fees for OIL-BASED PAINT, PESTICIDES, Directory, at www.piercecountywa.org/ Division at (253) 798-2179 for more ton recycling began this year. The carts mary reason why our recycle program
FLUORESCENT BULBS AND TUBES
Assistance is available from Pierce the waste collected by volunteers. HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS AND OTHER recycle, lists locations to recycle, dis- information. are filled to the brim and emptied every has had the success that we enjoy,”
contain small amounts of mercury and
County Responds—a program coordi- If your community is selected for a HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES: two weeks. Hanson said.
should never be placed in the garbage. 2008 2009 2009 2009
nated by Public Works and Utilities. CAPE project, Pierce County Responds These products are labeled “corro- “Sometimes we have so much recy- Besides the cost savings in garbage garbage garbage recycling garbage +
Take It Back Network participants who
The Community Assistance and staff will work with your community sive,” “flammable,” “poison,” “toxic,” Borrow a Kit for cling that we have to call for an extra service, Hunt’s recycling efforts also cost cost cost recycling
collect fluorescent bulbs and tubes $6,595.99 $3,560.42 $1,541.96 cost
Public Education (CAPE) program was
created to make County resources
representative to arrange a date we will
be in your neighborhood. A commu-
“danger,” “warning” or “caution.”
Examples include drain cleaner, insec-
include: McLendon Hardware stores Fish-Friendly Car Washing pickup after just one week,” said Mike
Hanson, Hunt Elementary’s counselor
have kept the school grounds cleaner.
Paper and cardboard in open recycling
$5,102.20*

(Bulbs: no charge. Tubes: fee) and Se- Your fundraising car wash might be bad news for local waterways. * Reduction in waste spending of $1,493.79
available for a scheduled community nity meeting will take place before the ticides, weed killer and pool chemicals. and recycling containers used to blow across campus.
attle Lighting (Bulbs and tubes: fee for Water that runs into storm drains goes directly into our lakes, streams and
cleanup day. actual cleanup day. Try to use them up or give leftovers project coordi-
both). Other recycling locations include Puget Sound with little or no treatment. The runoff from car washes contains
Potential CAPE assistance includes: Please call (253) 798-4636 or submit to a neighbor. Don’t put them in the nator.
the Hidden Valley Hazardous Waste soap, oil and other pollutants that are toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
• Litter Credits: Eligible recipients at an online request at www.piercecoun- garbage. Milk cartons
Facility and the Tacoma Hazardous You can prevent the pollution with
properties in unincorporated Pierce tyresponds.org. Instead, take the items to the facili- took up the
Waste Facility. For more information an easy-to-use car wash kit that Pierce
County may receive a $100 disposal ties listed below. Pierce County resi- most space in
visit www.piercecountywa.org/fbulb. County Public Works and Utilities loans
credit at participating transfer sta- dents can drop off products free of the school’s
charge. UNWANTED MEDICINES: Unwanted and out free. These kits use a storm drain
tions. garbage con-
• Tacoma Hazardous Waste Collection outdated pharmaceuticals pose seri- insert and a pump to send the dirty
• Junk Vehicle Affidavits: These are tainer. Just by
Facility at 3510 S. Mullen Street, ous safety and environmental threats water to a sewer system or vegetated
used in place of a title to have a junk recycling milk
just east of Fircrest (open seven days ranging from child poisonings, illegal area to soak into the ground.
vehicle removed from your property. cartons, Hunt
a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except use, and contamination of our streams Find out more at www.piercecounty
Hulk haulers will not remove junk has cut its
major holidays) and drinking water. Safe disposal is wa.org/carwash or call (253) 798-2725
vehicles if you do not have either a garbage pickup
Pierce County Responds has programs to
• Hidden Valley Transfer Station, quick and easy: Don’t flush them. Mix to reserve a kit.
title or a junk vehicle affidavit. help with litter cleanup on private and from twice a
public property. 17925 Meridian Street E., Puyallup medicines in a sealable plastic bag
Spring 2010
Natural Yard Care Workshops Composting Map Shows Bike- Who to Contact for
Start Soon Classes Start Friendly Routes
With Basics Plan your spring and summer bicycle trips
Garbage Collection
& Curbside Recycling New Gleaning Project Prevents Waste
Learn about environmentally friendly Backyard Composting with our recently published bike map. American Disposal Pierce County Refuse
Picked Produce Will Benefit Food Banks
yard and garden maintenance in a Learn how to improve the quality Pierce County Public Works and (253) 414-0345 (253) 537-8687
It’s a stunning fact: About 25 percent of Multiple Agencies Turn Excess
series of fun and informative workshops of your soil by putting leaves, grass Utilities produced the guide www.murreysdisposal.com www.lemayinc.com
commercially grown food goes to waste in this Into Resource
sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County clippings and other yardwaste to use. for bicyclists traveling to
Lakewood Refuse University Place Refuse/ country. A coalition of Pierce County organizations and
Health Department. Our Backyard “Hot” Composting class major centers, tourist
(253) 588-1705 Westside Disposal And you’ve probably seen a neighborhood fruit individuals is coming together to create the Pierce
Each series will consist of three workshops covers the essentials: the composting attractions and other key
www.lemayinc.com (253) 564-3212 tree ripen beautifully, only to have all the fruit fall County Gleaning Project (PCGP). Their mission is
covering topics such as natural lawn care, garden process, how to compost even in small destinations within Pierce
Murrey’s/DM Disposal www.uprefuse.com and rot on the ground. to turn food waste into resources by “gleaning”—
pest management, soil basics, backyard compost- yards, using finished compost, avoid- County. It identifies existing bikeways
(253) 414-0345 In our busy world, excess fruit and vegetables harvesting excess fresh fruit from neighborhood
ing, sustainable landscape design and smart ing and solving problems, and helpful and scheduled bicycle improvements. The bike
www.murreysdisposal.com often go unused. This wasted food also burdens trees and local farms—in order to increase fresh
watering for your lawn and garden. equipment and tools. There is no cost, map focuses on on-road bikeways (e.g. roads with wide lanes, paved
our solid waste system and creates odor and pest food at local food banks.
Refreshments and yard care but registration is required. shoulders and designated bicycle lanes) and paved shared-use trails.
problems in our communities. The gleaning project will be staffed by the St.
door prizes will be offered at Visit www.piercecountywa.org/bikemap for a printer-friendly online version or for locations to pick up the brochure.
At the same time, demand at local food banks Leo Food Connection working in collaboration
each workshop. Worm Bin Composting You can also request a copy by emailing bikemap@co.pierce.wa.us or calling (253) 798-3552.
has increased dramatically in recent years. with numerous community partners, including the
To register, or for more Did you know that red worms
Pierce County Master Gardeners
information, please have five pairs of hearts? Come For More Information:
and the Pierce County Food
contact Geoff Rinehart at to our food waste composting PIERCE COUNTY SOLID WASTE DIVISION.......... (253) 798-2179 PIERCE CO. PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES, ROAD MAINTENANCE
Coalition.
class to find out more about how this 24-hour Info Line...............................................(253) 798-4115 Adopt-A-Road Information..............................(253) 798-6000
(253) 798-4587 or grinehart@tpchd.org. “We’re excited to work with
unique species makes some of the Website............................. www.piercecountywa.org/solidwaste PIERCE COUNTY RESPONDS. ............................(253) 798-4636
E-mail......................................... pcsolidwaste@co.pierce.wa.us these groups because this is a
best nutrient-rich compost. Website.................................... www.piercecountyresponds.org
NATURAL YARD CARE WORKSHOPS STATEWIDE RECYCLING INFORMATION.............1-800-RECYCLE E-mail.......................................... pcresponds@co.pierce.wa.us
community-based effort that will
You may register for “instruction
Gig Harbor Civic Center / 3510 Grandview St. help to achieve our goal of diverting 75
only” for no fee, or for $30 you will TACOMA-PIERCE CO. HEALTH DEPT. Pierce County Responds accepts reports on a variety of land use,
April 13, 21, 27 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. percent of the waste from the landfill,” said
go home with a 14-gallon plastic Household Hazardous Waste Info.................1-800-287-6429 dumping and vehicle-related nuisances.
Kristen McIvor, Environmental Educator, Pierce
South Hill* / Meridian Habitat Park / 14422 Meridian E. worm bin, a pound of red worms and
April 15, 22, 29 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. County Public Works and Utilities. The PCGP will
class supplies.
April 22 class features TV/radio gardening personality Ed Hume focus on two primary sources of produce—
Classes are offered regularly. Reg-
commercial growers and homeowners throughout
Graham* / Frontier Park Lodge / 21800 Meridian E. istration is required. Deadline is two
the county.
May 4, 11, 18 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. weeks before each class.
For more information or to register, Community Involvement Needed
*South Hill and Graham workshops are co-sponsored with
Pierce County Parks & Recreation and require an $8 fee call (253) 798-2179 or e-mail pcsolid- You can help the gleaning team in a number
(pre-registration required). waste@co.pierce.wa.us. You can also of ways.
register online at www.piercecounty- • Volunteer to glean. Sign up to
wa.org/compost. help with farm glean-
Classes meet at the Environmen- ing or fruit tree
SoundGRO Fertilizer
®

tal Services Building Training Room harvest.


Helps Close Loop in University Place, unless otherwise • “Donate” your
To start your yard care regimen this spring, consider noted. fruit tree. Contact
adding SoundGRO® Fertilizer to your list. the PCGP if you would
SoundGRO® is a 100 percent naturally organic fertilizer, manufactured by like to donate fruit from
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities from biosolids of the wastewater Class Schedule your fruit tree. You can
treatment process. BACKYARD COMPOSTING have it fully picked,
Because of its water-insoluble nitrogen source, SoundGRO® will not (Instruction Only) partially harvested
easily wash away like chemical fertilizers. April 17, 10 a.m.–noon or have a bag of
You can apply the SoundGRO® slow-release, non-burning pellets with May 25, 10 a.m.–noon picked fruit left
a regular broadcast or drop spreader on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowering (WSU Extension, Puyallup) with you. Accepted
beds and vegetable gardens. FOOD WASTE COMPOSTING fruits include:
SoundGRO® is available at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater (Worm Bin) University Place, WA 98467-1078 apples, plums, pears,
Treatment Plant, 10311 Chambers Creek Road West in University Place. Hours May 15, 10 a.m.–noon 9850 64th Street West peaches, grapes and
are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; closed for lunch 11:30–noon. June 9, 6-8 p.m. Solid Waste Division Continued inside…
Prices start at $3.50 per 50-pound bag. Visit www.soundgro.com for Public Works and Utilities
Additional classes may be added. Earth Matters is a publication of Pierce County Pierce County Executive: Pierce County Council: Roger Bush, Chair
more information or call (253) 798-4005. Public Works and Utilities, Solid Waste Division. Pat McCarthy Shawn Bunney Tim Farrell Joyce McDonald
Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper and recyclable Barbara Gelman Terry Lee Dick Muri
through Pierce County’s curbside recycling program.
Spring 2010
Natural Yard Care Workshops Composting Map Shows Bike- Who to Contact for
Start Soon Classes Start Friendly Routes
With Basics Plan your spring and summer bicycle trips
Garbage Collection
& Curbside Recycling New Gleaning Project Prevents Waste
Learn about environmentally friendly Backyard Composting with our recently published bike map. American Disposal Pierce County Refuse
Picked Produce Will Benefit Food Banks
yard and garden maintenance in a Learn how to improve the quality Pierce County Public Works and (253) 414-0345 (253) 537-8687
It’s a stunning fact: About 25 percent of Multiple Agencies Turn Excess
series of fun and informative workshops of your soil by putting leaves, grass Utilities produced the guide www.murreysdisposal.com www.lemayinc.com
commercially grown food goes to waste in this Into Resource
sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County clippings and other yardwaste to use. for bicyclists traveling to
Lakewood Refuse University Place Refuse/ country. A coalition of Pierce County organizations and
Health Department. Our Backyard “Hot” Composting class major centers, tourist
(253) 588-1705 Westside Disposal And you’ve probably seen a neighborhood fruit individuals is coming together to create the Pierce
Each series will consist of three workshops covers the essentials: the composting attractions and other key
www.lemayinc.com (253) 564-3212 tree ripen beautifully, only to have all the fruit fall County Gleaning Project (PCGP). Their mission is
covering topics such as natural lawn care, garden process, how to compost even in small destinations within Pierce
Murrey’s/DM Disposal www.uprefuse.com and rot on the ground. to turn food waste into resources by “gleaning”—
pest management, soil basics, backyard compost- yards, using finished compost, avoid- County. It identifies existing bikeways
(253) 414-0345 In our busy world, excess fruit and vegetables harvesting excess fresh fruit from neighborhood
ing, sustainable landscape design and smart ing and solving problems, and helpful and scheduled bicycle improvements. The bike
www.murreysdisposal.com often go unused. This wasted food also burdens trees and local farms—in order to increase fresh
watering for your lawn and garden. equipment and tools. There is no cost, map focuses on on-road bikeways (e.g. roads with wide lanes, paved
our solid waste system and creates odor and pest food at local food banks.
Refreshments and yard care but registration is required. shoulders and designated bicycle lanes) and paved shared-use trails.
problems in our communities. The gleaning project will be staffed by the St.
door prizes will be offered at Visit www.piercecountywa.org/bikemap for a printer-friendly online version or for locations to pick up the brochure.
At the same time, demand at local food banks Leo Food Connection working in collaboration
each workshop. Worm Bin Composting You can also request a copy by emailing bikemap@co.pierce.wa.us or calling (253) 798-3552.
has increased dramatically in recent years. with numerous community partners, including the
To register, or for more Did you know that red worms
Pierce County Master Gardeners
information, please have five pairs of hearts? Come For More Information:
and the Pierce County Food
contact Geoff Rinehart at to our food waste composting PIERCE COUNTY SOLID WASTE DIVISION.......... (253) 798-2179 PIERCE CO. PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES, ROAD MAINTENANCE
Coalition.
class to find out more about how this 24-hour Info Line...............................................(253) 798-4115 Adopt-A-Road Information..............................(253) 798-6000
(253) 798-4587 or grinehart@tpchd.org. “We’re excited to work with
unique species makes some of the Website............................. www.piercecountywa.org/solidwaste PIERCE COUNTY RESPONDS. ............................(253) 798-4636
E-mail......................................... pcsolidwaste@co.pierce.wa.us these groups because this is a
best nutrient-rich compost. Website.................................... www.piercecountyresponds.org
NATURAL YARD CARE WORKSHOPS STATEWIDE RECYCLING INFORMATION.............1-800-RECYCLE E-mail.......................................... pcresponds@co.pierce.wa.us
community-based effort that will
You may register for “instruction
Gig Harbor Civic Center / 3510 Grandview St. help to achieve our goal of diverting 75
only” for no fee, or for $30 you will TACOMA-PIERCE CO. HEALTH DEPT. Pierce County Responds accepts reports on a variety of land use,
April 13, 21, 27 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. percent of the waste from the landfill,” said
go home with a 14-gallon plastic Household Hazardous Waste Info.................1-800-287-6429 dumping and vehicle-related nuisances.
Kristen McIvor, Environmental Educator, Pierce
South Hill* / Meridian Habitat Park / 14422 Meridian E. worm bin, a pound of red worms and
April 15, 22, 29 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. County Public Works and Utilities. The PCGP will
class supplies.
April 22 class features TV/radio gardening personality Ed Hume focus on two primary sources of produce—
Classes are offered regularly. Reg-
commercial growers and homeowners throughout
Graham* / Frontier Park Lodge / 21800 Meridian E. istration is required. Deadline is two
the county.
May 4, 11, 18 / 6:30-8:30 p.m. weeks before each class.
For more information or to register, Community Involvement Needed
*South Hill and Graham workshops are co-sponsored with
Pierce County Parks & Recreation and require an $8 fee call (253) 798-2179 or e-mail pcsolid- You can help the gleaning team in a number
(pre-registration required). waste@co.pierce.wa.us. You can also of ways.
register online at www.piercecounty- • Volunteer to glean. Sign up to
wa.org/compost. help with farm glean-
Classes meet at the Environmen- ing or fruit tree
SoundGRO Fertilizer
®

tal Services Building Training Room harvest.


Helps Close Loop in University Place, unless otherwise • “Donate” your
To start your yard care regimen this spring, consider noted. fruit tree. Contact
adding SoundGRO® Fertilizer to your list. the PCGP if you would
SoundGRO® is a 100 percent naturally organic fertilizer, manufactured by like to donate fruit from
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities from biosolids of the wastewater Class Schedule your fruit tree. You can
treatment process. BACKYARD COMPOSTING have it fully picked,
Because of its water-insoluble nitrogen source, SoundGRO® will not (Instruction Only) partially harvested
easily wash away like chemical fertilizers. April 17, 10 a.m.–noon or have a bag of
You can apply the SoundGRO® slow-release, non-burning pellets with May 25, 10 a.m.–noon picked fruit left
a regular broadcast or drop spreader on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowering (WSU Extension, Puyallup) with you. Accepted
beds and vegetable gardens. FOOD WASTE COMPOSTING fruits include:
SoundGRO® is available at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater (Worm Bin) University Place, WA 98467-1078 apples, plums, pears,
Treatment Plant, 10311 Chambers Creek Road West in University Place. Hours May 15, 10 a.m.–noon 9850 64th Street West peaches, grapes and
are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; closed for lunch 11:30–noon. June 9, 6-8 p.m. Solid Waste Division Continued inside…
Prices start at $3.50 per 50-pound bag. Visit www.soundgro.com for Public Works and Utilities
Additional classes may be added. Earth Matters is a publication of Pierce County Pierce County Executive: Pierce County Council: Roger Bush, Chair
more information or call (253) 798-4005. Public Works and Utilities, Solid Waste Division. Pat McCarthy Shawn Bunney Tim Farrell Joyce McDonald
Printed on 30% post-consumer recycled paper and recyclable Barbara Gelman Terry Lee Dick Muri
through Pierce County’s curbside recycling program.