News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood

 

You Can't Throw that Away: Here's What to Do with that Trash Instead!

February 13th, 2015 by master

Our Sister Site, Udistrictdaily, has some great news from Seattle Tilth that’s happening in our hood! All you City Gardeners Check this out!

WITH THE NEW NO-COMPOST IN TRASH RULES, IT’S TIME TO LEARN HOW TO COMPOST AND TURN YOUR GARBAGE INTO GOLD.

Seattle Tilth in Partnership with the city of Seattle offers training for Volunteer Compost Educators this Spring atSeattle Tilth.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the city of Seattle now prohibits food waste from going in the garbage.

Because food waste in landfills is a big problem, accounting for nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US, it’s time to take that useful material and transform it into ‘gardener’s gold’.

There is no debate whether or not compost offers tons of benefits. – reducing global warming, storm water pollution and waste, while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

Now in its 30th year, Seattle Tilth is inviting the community to come participate in their Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators.

Here are the Detail from Seattle Tilth on how you can get involved!

Community members participate in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling!

Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 24 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N). After the training, Master Composters contribute 35 hours of volunteer outreach teaching practical techniques to other community members. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Apply by March 14
The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications aredueMarch 14. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

APPLY NOW.

Questions? Come to an Info Session!
Interested and want to learn more about this program? Attend one of the following info sessions:

  • Monday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)

For More Information:

The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.

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North Transfer station education center named after JP Patches

December 16th, 2011 by master

By Sean Keeley
Seattle icon J.P. Patches was famously known as the Mayor of the City Dump on his long-running TV show.

Patches a.k.a. Chris Wedes appeared on KCTS 9 Wednesday night in his “final” TV appearance and, on it, City Council member Jean Godden suggested renaming the nearby North Transfer Station after J.P. as a fitting tribute.

While Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) wasn’t a big fan of their station being referred to as a “dump,” they did find common ground and plan to name a new education center in the transfer station, which is being redesigned and reopen in 2012, after the clown.

“The idea will be to show how thinking about solid-waste management has evolved over the last several decades. The education center will teach the next generation how to reduce the amount of materials we put into landfills every year,” said Hennessey, who claims to be a Patches Pal but admitted to liking J.P.’s burly sidekick Gertrude better.

And so, J.P. will live on as the Mayor of the Dump forever…just don’t call it a dump.

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Designs for new transfer station narrowed to five

November 29th, 2010 by master

We’re one step closer to knowing what the new North Transfer Station on N. 34th Street will look like.  At their latest meeting, Seattle Public Utilities and a group of community stakeholders gave the green light to move forward with development of five hybrid concepts.  Those concepts include a facility that puts recycling into the same building as garbage and yard waste, a stand-alone recycling building, and a possible new neighborhood park.


Concept that shows a separate recycling building. Click here to see all five concepts.

The main goals of the latest meeting included minimizing noise and odor, maximizing public green space in the northeast corner of the site, and creating a better pedestrian experience for those walking in front of the facility.  In February, SPU will present flyover simulations for the five hybrid concepts and stakeholders will narrow the list to two.

We recently took a tour of the current transfer station which will be torn down to make way for the new facility.  You can read more about current operations and some of the features that could be included in the new operation.

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More design options for new transfer station

October 18th, 2010 by master

Five more design options for the new North Transfer Station have been unveiled.  Those five, along with four previous designs that have been tweaked, will be looked over later this week during a stakeholder meeting of community residents, businesses and station users.


Current transfer station

The new station will be constructed on the current site at 1350 N. 34th Street after the old facility is demolished, probably sometime in 2012.  Today, a crew from Seattle Public Utilities took us on a tour of the location to talk about challenges they face at the current facility and what they hope to accomplish with the new one.

“I think what the residents want is a station that’s going to be a good neighbor,” said Bill Benzer, SPU project manager for the new station.

The current transfer station was built in the 1960’s with the single goal of collecting garbage.  Today, the station now has to deal with recyclables and yard waste.  Long lines can sometime form on 34th Street as customers wait for their loads to be weighed.  Neighbors are also forced to deal with noise, and even worse, the odor.  One nearby resident told us the smell gets worse every year.

“You never get used it,” she said.

Now that food scraps are mixed in with yard waste, another problem has surfaced– crows.

“They’re grabbing all the oranges and pumpkins and all that stuff out of there and dropping it in neighbors’ yards,” one crew member told us.


The pit

To stop the crows and to help contain the noise and odor, the new station will be enclosed with a ventilation system and quick opening doors to let customers in and out.  The weigh station could be moved further into the site to avoid lines.  And while Seattle Public Utilities wants to make sure the new facility looks nice, they also need it to be functional.

“Over time our waste handling needs may change.  There may be more items that we want to try and recover and the way to do that is to put it all on a flat floor so you can pick things out, move things to different piles, and they can be sent to different facilities,” said Benzer.

Some of the newly unveiled designs, including the one below, show a separate building for recyclables.  The Wallingford Community Council has said it would only support a design that doesn’t call for the east side of the property to be used as a recycling operation.  They also want to preserve the industrial buffer zone and to have a public park built at the corner of 35th and Woodlawn Ave.  In the end, SPU tells us the design will be shaped by community input.

“We are certainly looking for a building that fits in with the neighborhood,” said Benzer.  “Part of this design program is to get the layout…but to also get into some aesthetics. We’re envisioning some nice grounds with perimeter landscaping.”

To see all of the design concepts under consideration, click here.  The next transfer station stakeholder meeting is set for this Thursday, October 21 from 5pm to 8pm at the Institute for Systems Biology (837 N. 34th Street).

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Community weighs options for new transfer station

September 15th, 2010 by master

Community leaders have narrowed their choices among the 7 options for the new transfer station on North 34th Street in Wallingford.  During a meeting last night, stakeholders selected their top picks.


Community members look over 7 design proposals

The new station will replace the current North Recycling and Disposal Station at 1350 N 34th (seen below).  After the old station is demolished, the new one will be built on the same site.  Each of the 7 proposed designs offered a different option on how to use the property. 


Current transfer station

The Wallingford Community Council recently sent a letter to Seattle Public Utilities supporting only one of the 7 proposed designs.  That design is Concept 3 (below), which currently doesn’t call for the east side of the property to be used as a recycling operation.  It preserves the industrial buffer zone and the council is urging that a public park be built at the corner of 35th and Woodlawn Ave.


Concept 3

Jessica Vets, a stakeholder representing the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, spoke with us as other members of the panel tried to narrow their choices.

“My number one take is I want to connect retail, I want to connect businesses,” said Vets.  “People come across the Fremont Bridge and they have no reason to turn right.  I want them to want to turn right.  What are we doing to make it pedestrian friendly, to make it when people go by they don’t go ugh, there’s the transfer station?”

At the end of the night, concepts 6 and 7 were eliminated, and options 1 and 5 were merged into one.  The group also came up with a few new ideas that will be put into consideration at the next meeting of the stakeholders on October 21.

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Designs unveiled for transfer station in Wallingford

September 10th, 2010 by master

Seattle Public Utilities has just released the seven initial design concepts for the new North Transfer Station in Wallingford.  You’ll have the chance to comment on the designs at a public meeting on September 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Institute for Systems Biology at 837 N. 34th Street.

SPU says the current station on North 34th Street is nearing the end of its life.  The new station will better control noise and odors, and streamline recycling and transfer operations.  You can look over all seven designs here.


One of the design concepts for the new transfer station in Wallingford

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'Green Kitchen Kit' coupons coming this week

March 29th, 2010 by master

Check your mailbox this week for a coupon for a free “Green Kitchen Kit” which should arrive in your CurbWaste and Conserve newsletter. The kits, which feature an EcoSafe Kitchen Collector (shown at right) and compostable bags for storing food scraps, a food scraper, a CFL light bulb and a reusable shopping bag can be picked up starting April 15th at several Neighborhood Service Centers including the University NSC (4534 University Way NE) and the Ballard NSC (5604 22nd Ave NW).

“Green Kit giveaways are part of Compost Days, April 15 – May 30, when Seattle Public Utilities, Cedar Grove and Seattle City Light and our community partners are making these special offers to Seattle residents to say ‘thank you’ for helping make our city even better through your recycling and composting efforts,” the Seattle Public Utilitie’s website states.

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