Extra Latex Paint Lying Around? Recycle It July 14

Paint BucketsDo you have old latex paint lying around in your garage? Now’s your chance to recycle it! Feel better knowing that it will get a second life. There will be a small processing fee.

Where: Sammamish High School, 100 140th Avenue SE. Use the entrance off of 140th Avenue SE. Collection will be in the southwest portion of visitor’s lot

When: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What’s Accepted

  • Latex paint
  • Water-based stains

Paint and stain should be in original packaging, with labels and secure lids. Please do not combine or mix paint colors or different products. The recycler needs the materials separated so that they can recycle the paint into the colors that they sell.

NO Oil-Based Paint or Stains

Oil-based paint and stains are hazardous materials, and are not accepted at this event. They can be taken to the Factoria Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site (13800 SE 32nd Street) for proper disposal and at no cost.

Processing Fees Per Container (cash only)

  • $1.25 per quart can
  • $2.25 per gallon can
  • $12.25 per 5-gallon can

Fees are charged per container, regardless of how much paint it contains.

What Happens to the Recycled Paint?

The unwanted latex paint is sent to GreenSheen Eco-Friendly Paint for recycling back into fresh latex paint.

Don’t Flush Trouble

NO wipesNever flush wipes. Even wipes that say “flushable” do not dissolve fast enough in our sewer system to avoid clogs. Wipes in the sewer can cause raw sewage to back up into your home and overflow into local lakes and streams. Prevent sewer backups and overflows by putting all wipes in the garbage. Human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should ever go down your toilet.

Find out more at bellevuewa.gov/PreventSewerBackups.

2018 Recycling Event May 26

2018 Recycling EventNow’s the time to spring clean! Everything you drop off will be recycled at Bellevue’s 2018 Residential Recycling Collection event. This is our only event for this year, so make sure you stop by.

Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bellevue Presbyterian Church1717 Bellevue Way NE

What’s accepted: If you haven’t been able to find a second life for the following items, please make sure they are safely secured when you are transporting them to the event with tarps, rope, straps, netting or other means. Only cars, passenger vans and pickups are allowed to drop off items. No flatbed or dump trucks are allowed. We reserve the right to refuse oversized, commercial or contaminated loads.

Cash-only fee for the following items:

  • Appliances and scrap metal ($33 for air conditioners, $28 for refrigerators and freezers, $5 for water heaters with insulation coating)
  • Mattresses and box springs ($15 per item)
  • Porcelain toilets and sinks ($15 per item)
  • Residential propane tanks ($5 per item) and small, empty camping tanks ($1)
  • Tires (limit six for the following: $1 for each tire, $3.50 for each tire on a rim, $5 for each large truck tire, and $15 for each truck tire on a rim)

Other items accepted include:

  • Auto parts (metal and non-greasy)
  • Appliances (such as blenders, dishwashers, dryers and washing machines, microwaves, stoves, and toasters)
  • Clean scrap wood (untreated and unpainted)
  • Electronic equipment (DVD and VCR players, cell phones, computer keyboards and mice, copiers, fax machines, printers, scanners, and stereos)
  • Exercise equipment
  • Lawnmowers (drain oil and gasoline, remove batteries for electric)
  • Lead acid batteries (car, truck, marine and motorcycle)
  • Metal lawn furniture
  • Rigid plastics (such as buckets, children’s toys, coolers, laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, PVC pipe, and sports bottles)
  • Styrofoam blocks and packing peanuts (white blocks and packing peanuts of any color)

Secure shredding of confidential materials:

  • Limit 5 file-sized boxes no larger than 15 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 12 inches high

Explore the event flyer online and get full details.

Recycle Your Old Latex Paint

Paint BucketsKing County’s Take it Back Network has partnered with organizations that have agreed to recycle latex paint in an environmentally sound manner. Your old paint will get a new life rather than being mixed with kitty litter and tossed in the garbage.
  • Materials Accepted: Residents and businesses can drop off unwanted latex paint, water-based stains and clear finishes for recycling at approved partner locations. Visit takeitbacknetwork.org to find one near you.
  • Recycling Fees: A fee will be charged to cover the cost of labor to package and transport the latex paint to the processing facility. Call the collection site you intend to use to determine the amount of the fee.
  • Call First: Be sure to read the vendor descriptions and call first to verify that they will accept your latex paint.
  • Not Accepted: Oil-based paint, solvents and other hazardous products are NOT accepted. Call 206-296-4692, email haz.waste@kingcounty.gov, or visit hazwastehelp.org for assistance in safely disposing of hazardous waste.
Bellevue’s Habitat for Humanity Store at 13500 Bel-Red Road also recycles latex paint for a small fee. Recycle hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 425-641-2643 for more information.

Stop Junk Mail and Reduce Paper Waste

Junk MailReduce the junk mail you receive by using the following free services. Each service is different, so using all of them will give you the best results toward significantly reducing unwanted catalogs, retail promotions, credit card offers, insurance offers, and other junk mail.

Opt-out services

  • CatalogChoice is managed by a non-profit organization that works with over 8,000 companies to encourage them to voluntarily honor your opt-out requests. Use the service to stop unwanted mail and catalogs that you currently receive.
  • DMAchoice allows you to remove your name from the marketing lists of 3,600 companies and organizations that are members of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). DMA represents about 80 percent of the total volume of marketing mail in the U.S., and they require their members to honor opt-out requests. Use the service to keep your name off future prospecting lists.
  • National Do Not Mail List is managed by a direct mail company. They offer a free online service to help you remove your name from marketing lists used by mass mailers. Use the service to keep your name off future prospecting lists.
  • OptOutPreScreen.com allows you to remove your name from lists that the consumer credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion sell to companies for prescreened and preapproved credit card and insurance policy offers. The consumer credit reporting companies are required by law to honor your opt-out requests.

Will these services stop all junk mail?

While you can greatly reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by using opt-out services, you will not be able to stop all junk mail. Some mail is sent to all households in your area—such as political mail and advertisements from local stores, grocers, and restaurants. These offers may not have opt-out options.

You’ll also continue receiving mail from companies that you currently do business with. To stop these types of offers, directly write or email each of the senders.

How do I stop phone books?

Use National Yellow Pages’ Consumer Choice & Opt-Out to stop phone book deliveries to your home or business.

Why stop junk mail?

View the Product Stewardship Institute’s infographic on stopping unwanted junk mail to learn about the social, environmental, and economic problems associated with junk mail.

Work for the City of Bellevue

Utilities Job PostingBellevue Utilities and the Bellevue Department of Transportation have seasonal employment opportunities – lasting for the summer or up to six months. Learn more about city infrastructure and utilities and gain exposure to potential career fields while earning money. The following jobs are waiting for you:

  • Drinking Water or Wastewater Maintenance: Get hands on training and work duties related to underground utilities and the infrastructure that makes it all work.
  • Storm Drainage: Learn about efforts to protect the environment and natural resources related to surface water run-off, streams, and system maintenance.
  • Street Maintenance: Learn how to work with concrete, pavement, signs, traffic control, and vegetation maintenance.

The City of Bellevue needs you! Apply online today. For questions call 425-452-7840.

FREE Recycling Assistance for Condos and Apartments

Recycling PosterManagers of condos and apartments can help your residents dispose of items correctly (uncontaminated recycling and organics). You can order free materials from Bellevue Utilities, such as guides, posters, and labels.

These materials are only for Bellevue residents in apartment and condominium buildings.  Some items are available in multiple languages and you can view examples below.  Your order will be delivered within 2 weeks.

Condo and apartment managers can also request:

  • Site visits on how to improve your property’s recycling and organics collection program.
  • Recycling and/or organics collection presentations at properties for residents. (Available for groups of 25 or more people, 40-60 minutes.)

Download Print Materials

Don’t want to wait for an order?  For immediate use with building residents, download these posters and guides.

Multifamily Recycling Guide

Guidelines on recycling, organics, garbage, and hazardous waste (pdf) from Republic Services:
English   Chinese   Farsi   Japanese   Korean   Russian   Spanish  Vietnamese

Other Resources

Order your materials and request assistance today!

Keep Suds Out of Streams

NODid you know that all storm drains in Bellevue lead to a lake or stream?

Washing your car at home is a dirty business. When you wash your car in the driveway, street or a parking lot, toxic motor oil, heavy metals, and sediments – along with soap – go down storm drains, untreated, into the waterways where we swim, fish and play.

Dirty wash water contains oil, solvents, anti-freeze and toxic heavy metals such as zinc, lead, and copper. Soap is harmful to fish and the insects they eat. Even biodegradable soap can kill fish before it degrades.

Instead, take your car to a commercial car wash that reclaims the wash water several times before sending it to the sewer system for treatment.

Practice Natural Yard Care with the Garden Hotline

Lady BugThe Garden Hotline is your source for individualized solutions to garden problems that are practical, safe, effective, and natural.

Their services are FREE to home gardeners and landscape professionals throughout Bellevue and King County.

The Garden Hotline can help you reduce waste, conserve water and resources, and minimize chemical use while creating a vibrant landscape.

Get answers today by calling 206-633-0224, emailing help@gardenhotline.org, or submitting a question online at gardenhotline.org/question.