Trash Talk

Ryan Carlson, 37, talks about how he takes garbage and recycling push carts to the curb while using his wheelchair at his group home on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. Carlson receives assistance from an aid to wrap a bungee cord around the container and then behind his legs in order to maintain control as he takes the bins to the curb. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

For those with disabilities, recycling is harder in Snohomish County

Locals would like to see more accessible ways to recycle and improved labeling. Waste collectors said customers can call for assistance.

 

A box for the Ridwell recycling program at the reporter’s home in Bothell, Washington on April 30, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

In goal to reduce garbage to ‘nothing,’ Everett recyclers try Ridwell

Residents can recycle chip bags, plastic clamshells and more. For a fee, the Seattle service takes items that “fall through the cracks.”

 

A pig and her piglets munch on some leftover food from the Darrington School District’s cafeteria at the Guerzan homestead on Friday, March 15, 2024, in Darrington, Washington. Eileen Guerzan, a special education teacher with the district, frequently brings home food scraps from the cafeteria to feed to her pigs, chickens and goats. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘A slopportunity’: Darrington school calls in pigs to reduce food waste

Washingtonians waste over 1 million tons of food every year. Darrington found a win-win way to divert scraps from landfills.

 

A front loader clears trash away from the wall as people unload their waste at Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station at on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Antifreeze, batteries, cooking oil: All are recyclable — for free

Snohomish County Public Works operates six recycling and waste facilities. Residents can bring in lawn mowers and propane tanks.

A front loader clears trash away from the wall as people unload their waste at Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station at on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

10 cents per bottle: Recycling companies have mixed views on proposal

A new bill cosponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, could give Washingtonians refunds for glass and plastic, to boost recycling.

Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Volunteers break down and collect styrofoam during a recycling event at 1049 State Ave in Marysville, Washington on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Volunteers trim trees, holiday trash at recycling event in Marysville

Locals dropped off styrofoam and Christmas trees on Saturday. The event helped repurpose items not allowed in recycling bins.

Volunteers break down and collect styrofoam during a recycling event at 1049 State Ave in Marysville, Washington on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Darrington Elementary School fourth grader Brayden Parris, 9, fills up his cup with chocolate milk from one of the schools new milk dispenser during lunch on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 in Darrington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Darrington school reduces lunchroom waste with new milk dispensers

Milk cartons generally aren’t accepted by recycling centers in Snohomish County. Dispensers could be a solution. And they save milk too.

Darrington Elementary School fourth grader Brayden Parris, 9, fills up his cup with chocolate milk from one of the schools new milk dispenser during lunch on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 in Darrington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Trash Talk: A new column on waste, recycling in Snohomish County

What can you recycle, really? Confusion about waste guidelines inspired a new monthly series to answer readers’ questions.

Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)