Businesses in Sammamish will have their annual opportunity to recycle everything from cardboard to computers next week. The city will sponsor a business recycling collection event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13 at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Avenue Northeast. Paul Devine, an organizer for the event, said the collection is
designed for businesses to get rid of items that accumulate in small
quantities, like wood pallets and fluorescent light bulbs.
More than 50,000 people in parts of Sammamish, Issaquah and
unincorporated King County will soon pay more for water and sewer
The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, which is one of two
sewer authorities serving the city, has raised its service rates by 9
percent and increased its connection fees for
new users. Four percent of the increase is attributed to inflation and
5 percent is for long-term capital reinvestment, according to the
district. The rate hike takes effect in the next billing cycle, beginning with
Sept. 22 bills. The district bills customers in eight time cycles and
each bill covers the two months leading up to the billing date.
City planners are proposing a series of changes to development and
drainage requirements in Sammamish that they say will reduce
bureaucracy and protect the environment.
But some environmentalists say those two goals are inconsistent. At a June 19 meeting, the city’s Planning Commission heard recommendations about
some of the less controversial proposals to amend portions of the
municipal building code. Proposed changes to the critical areas code
that came up at another recent meeting have generated more controversy.
Sammamish residents may have to pay more for water and sewer service by 2009. The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer Authority, which provides
sewer and water service to more than 50,000 people in parts of
Sammamish, Issaquah and unincorporated King
County, is proposing to increase base charges and usage charges by 9
percent. Additionally, the Metropolitan King County Council has voted
to increase its portion of the bill.
Community Board 6 diverted more trash from landfills than any other district in Brooklyn in 2005 and received accolades from the New York City Department of Sanitation. Published in Courier-Life Publications. (Sorry - the link for this article is currently unavailable.)
New York City officials are working to change the way residential trash will be removed from the city. The 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan now under scrutiny by the New York City Council would send trash out of the city on barges rather than trucks, reducing air pollution for local residents.
However, some critics say the plan focuses too much on disposal and not enough on reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
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