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Nothing goes to waste

Brightwater Treatment Plant hosts a variety of activities, classes

Date: 02/11/2016 | Local News

Keurig coffee pod craze begins to fade

Several years ago, coffee pods seemed invincible. Sales of the single-serve cups were skyrocketing, more than tripling in the United States between 2011 and 2013 alone. Sales of coffee pod machines, meanwhile, were soaring, too, growing from 1.8 million units to 11.6 million between...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire

The real sea monster

'Ocean Annie' explains why plastics and oceans don't mix

Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News

Bremerton garbage delinquents to lose service in January

BREMERTON — Bremerton residents who haven’t paid their garbage bill in a while may be in for a new year’s shock.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Northwest

Small amount of Hanford radiation spread by storm

RICHLAND — Hanford workers are searching for radioactive contamination after a Tuesday windstorm spread some radioactive particles from a waste burial ground.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Human poop could yield up to $9.5 billion

A group of researchers just put a price-tag on poop: extracting biogas from the world's annual human waste output could be worth the equivalent of up to $9.5 billion in natural gas, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Off the Wire

Americans toss out five pounds of garbage a day

WASHINGTON — Americans are sending more than twice as much trash to landfills as the federal government has estimated, according to a new study.It turns out that on average America tosses five pounds of trash per person per day into its landfills, according to an...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Nation & World

Evergreen fair wants to be greenest event of its kind in country

MONROE — The Evergreen State Fair wants to be the greenest fair in the country. This year, organizers have their sights set on keeping 90 tons of waste from going to the landfill through an...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Local News

Bottled water: The most wasteful drink

Once an occasional indulgence, bottled water is quickly becoming America's drink of choice.The average person in the United States now consumes more than 35 gallons of bottled water per year, according to data from market research firm Beverage Marketing Corp. That's about...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World

Foster Farms in Kelso fined for untreated chicken wastewater release

KELSO — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Foster Farms in Kelso $44,000 for releasing untreated chicken processing wastewater to a treatment plant.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Boaters survey the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

SAN FRANCISCO — Far away from California’s coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean Star, a ship carrying a team of scientists and volunteers...

Date: 08/24/2015 | Nation & World

Garbage scanning violates privacy, Seattle residents say in lawsuit

SEATTLE — A group of residents has sued the city of Seattle, saying the city is violating their privacy rights when it requires garbage collectors to scan their garbage to make sure they don’t throw food waste in the trash.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Update to water quality rules could affect county's farmers

OLYMPIA — State officials are rewriting water quality rules and the update could change how Snohomish County farmers use manure lagoons.The Department of Ecology is updating permits it issues for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Those are farms that discharge...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

What’s ahead for Fukushima nuclear plant?

TOKYO — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.The government approved a revised 30-to-40-year roadmap Friday that delays by three years the start of a key initial step...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire

Seattle barrel recycler settles penalty

A Seattle company that recycles industrial barrels has agreed to pay $30,000 to the state to settle a larger environmental penalty.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

Yawn-inducing sewer plan conceals a jawdropper

It’s the biggest thing to happen in my neighborhood since actress Parker Posey strolled down Everett’s Rucker Avenue during the 2013 filming of “The Architect.” It has none of...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle area

SEATTLE — Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Northwest

New incentive for peeling those pesky stickers off fruit

They’re annoying, those stickers on apples, oranges and most other produce. Peel one off, you’re apt to leave a hole in the skin of an otherwise perfect tomato.They’re a pain. Small as they are, though, they’re packed with information.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Local News

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