Tuesday, December 27, 2011
By Tristan Baurick
Posted December 22, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
Bainbridge Mayor Kirsten Hytopoulos is crafting a proposed bag prohibition patterned after the one the Seattle City Council unanimously approved on Monday. She will formally propose the measure early next month.
If approved, Bainbridge would become the fifth city in Washington to ban thin-film plastic bags, after Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Mukilteo.
"This is a little thing we can do that will have a huge impact," Hytopoulos said.
Hytopoulos said the plastic bags commonly used at grocery stores are wasteful and harmful to the environment.
About 12 percent of the plastic bags used last year went to a recycling center, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rest ended up in landfills, waterways and elsewhere...
Friday, December 23, 2011
By Christopher Dunagan
Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.
PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County and Washington state are edging toward a state recycling goal established more than 20 years ago — a goal that some people thought could never be reached.
Kitsap County's overall recycling rate for 2010 reached 45 percent, up 5 percent from the year before. Washington state reached a recycling rate of 49 percent. The national average stands at 34 percent.
Much of the state's increase in recycling was attributed to the recycling of organic waste, including wood, yard debris and food scraps. Municipal areas continue to push organic recycling, and some programs now compost all types of food waste...