Master Recycler Composters Help Keep Food Waste Out of the Garbage

Seattle Tilth Trains Volunteer Compost Educators This Spring

[King County] Food waste in landfills is a big problem, accounting for nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US. Alternatively, when it’s diverted from the landfill, food waste can become an incredibly useful soil amendment, turning what was considered garbage into “gardener’s gold.” The benefits of compost are huge - reducing global warming, storm water pollution and waste, while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

Seattle Tilth is offering compost and recycling education, training volunteers to become compost and recycling experts in exchange for community service teaching other community members.

King County residents who live on the Eastside can apply for the Master Recycler Composter Eastside program. Training topics include composting food and yard waste, soil science, natural yard care and curbside recycling. Training includes 28 hours of classroom learning, field trips and hands-on practice starting on April 1 at McAuliffe Park in Kirkland (108th Ave NE).

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Protesters takeover Burien City Council meeting

Nearly a hundred protesters marched from the Burien transit center to the Burien City Hall and Library at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 to speak out against city ordinance 606. Homeless citizens marched with members from S.A.F.E., the A.C.L.U., and numerous other organizations to speak at the study session for the Burien City Council.
“Burien City Council you can’t hide, we can see your greed inside,” shouted S.A.F.E.’s Josh Farris from a bullhorn as the line of protesters wound their way into city hall.
Filling the council chambers to capacity the activists chanted as they waited and sounded off in an attempt to get the attention of the council members.
The councilmembers heard comments and presentations from protesters, homeless citizens, and supporters of the ordinance. Each speaker was given one minute of speaking time.
More details to come.

What is Ordinance 606?

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Surplus state-held water rights targeted for irrigation, local uses

By Alice Day, Reporter
WNPA Olympia News Bureau

OLYMPIA—Local communities could have more access to water if legislators succeed in implementing a new system of leasing surplus state-owned water rights.

A bill proposed by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, would require state agencies to more clearly identify, hold and reassign unused water rights associated with agency-held land. Sen. Doug Erickson, R-Ferndale, is the bill’s co-sponsor.

Affected agencies include the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Honeyford says many agencies are purchasing land with water rights attached and not using the water.

“It impacts the economy of the local community and I’d like to see that water return to productive agricultural use,” he said.

Senate Bill 5016 would create a Local Economy Trust Water Rights Account within the Department of Ecology, which holds the water rights temporarily until they are transferred for commercial or economic use.

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