Friday, December 28, 2012

Join us - for a Free, Fun & Informative Event! Auburn's 1st Sustainability Movie Night - Thursday, Jan 17, 2013, 6-9pm

The City of Auburn Washington is hosting their 1st Sustainability Film Series Event and will be showing the film “Addicted to Plastics”. This free event will be held Thursday evening, January 17th, 6 - 9pm, at the Riverside High School Auditorium.

Event details:

This event aims to educate the community about plastics; the effects of plastics on the environment and human health; and the plastics industry.

“Addicted to Plastic” showcases three years of filming in five continents, including two trips to the Pacific Ocean. The documentary explores plastic's history during the last 100 years, as well as current solutions related to recycling and biodegradability.

After the movie, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on plastics and other related environmental topics. Information tables, as well as refreshments will be provided. In addition, door prizes will be given away after the movie.

• 6:00-9:00 p.m. January 17, 2013 (the movie starts at 6:30 p.m., but come early at 6:00 p.m. to talk with exhibitors and get a good seat).
• Target Audience: Ages 12 – Adult. No child care available.
• Auburn Riverside Theatre, Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Road, Auburn, WA 98002

Questions? 206-551-4850 or

Thank you,
Kim Ducote
Resource Stewards, LLC on behalf of the City of Auburn Washington Solid Waste Department

Monday, October 15, 2012

Free "How to" Backyard Composting Workshops in Auburn

Hello Waste Free Folks,

Fall has arrived and it's time to prepare your yard and garden for a long winter's nap. Prepare for spring now by making homemade compost with your yard and garden leftovers - leaves, plants, fruit & vegys can all be transformed into your own homemade compost! Backyard composting is easy and in the spring you will have free, nutritious, healthy compost for your garden.

The City of Auburn (Washington) has three (3) free composting workshops scheduled in October & November 2012, class times and locations are listed below. There is no need to sign up, just show up. I'll look forward to seeing you there!

1) Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11am - Noon, at The English Home & Garden, 102 - 29th Street SE, Auburn, WA (the corner of 29th & A), phone 253 709-4265.

2) Saturday, October 27, 2012, 11am - Noon, at Del's Feed & Farm Supply, 1650 West Valley Highway S, Auburn, WA, phone 253 833-3550.

3) Saturday, November 3, 2012, 11am - Noon, at Coastal Farm & Ranch, 1425 Supermall Way SW, Auburn, WA, phone 253 218-2021

Happy Composting!

Friday, July 13, 2012

WA State Toll Free Marine Debris Line - 1-855-922-6278

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer! I hope everyone in the Northwest is enjoying the fabulous summer weather (now that summer has finally arrived here!) I am also sending positive thoughts of better weather to those that are experience extreme weather challenges this year.

The information below was sent to me by the Puget Sound Partnership, announcing a new WA State phone number for us all to be aware of, and to share with citizens/students regarding reporting of Marine Debris. This number is specifically for the tsunami debris, but “probably” secondarily the garbage patch debris too (which personally I think should be referred to as a gigantic “stew” and not a patch.)

There is also a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration email if an item appears to have sentimental value to those who owned it. In this case NOAA requests that people move the item to a safe place and email the information to

Thanks for reading and sharing!

Kim Ducote
Resource Stewards, LLC

WA State announces toll-free line to report marine debris on beaches

by Linda Kent, Communications and Education Office

Washington State has a new toll-free reporting and information line – 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) – that citizens can call if they spot marine debris on our coastal beaches. Our outer beaches have been experiencing an uptick in marine debris, especially Styrofoam and plastic bottles, most likely resulting from the March 11, 2011, tsunami that devastated Japan, claiming nearly 16,000 lives.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a portion of the tsunami debris that washed into the Pacific Ocean has been arriving on U.S. and Canadian shores, including Washington. On June 15, a 20-foot fiberglass boat washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco. The Japanese consulate in Seattle confirmed the boat came from Japan and was swept out to sea by the tsunami.

NOAA predicts tsunami debris will show up on our shores intermittently during the next several years. However, it is unknown where and what types of debris might arrive.

In Washington, Ecology is one of several state agencies with a response role as Japanese tsunami debris washes up on our shores. Others include the departments of Fish and Wildlife, Health, Military-Emergency Management Division, Natural Resources, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. We are working closely with NOAA to assess and evaluate potential tsunami debris affects to:

• Our coastal communities.

• The public’s health.

• Our beaches, lands and environment.

This effort also includes working with our local and tribal government partners to help ensure that any needed response is well coordinated.

People who call 1-855-WACOAST can:

• Report oil and hazardous items to the National Response Center and Ecology by pressing “1.”

• Report large floating debris items that might pose a boating or navigation hazard by pressing “2.”

• Get instructions for reporting debris that is not large or hazardous.

Citizens visiting our coastal beaches are also encouraged to remove and dispose of small debris items such as Styrofoam, plastic, bottles, other synthetic materials, glass and metal.

If an item appears to have sentimental value to those who owned it, NOAA requests that people move the item to a safe place and email the information to

More about tsunami debris

• Widely scattered debris has been arriving intermittently along Pacific Northwest shorelines. For more information, go to:

• NOAA is actively collecting information about tsunami debris and asks the public to report debris sightings to

• Ecology’s Japanese tsunami debris Web page:

• Washington Department of Health believes it is highly unlikely any tsunami debris is radioactive. Go to: