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  • Are you recycling right? Probably not

    SEATTLE — Recycling as we know it, is about to change. Some say it’s the biggest shift since recycling began. And it’s all because of the China Sword, the new restrictions the country put on the quality of recycling it will accept. The policy made it virtually impossible for U.S. recyclers to sell material to its number one recycling customer, China. As U.S. recyclers look for new markets to sell America’s paper and plastic, recycling is piling up at facilities […]

  • New Chinese recycling restrictions increase garbage bills

    SEATTLE — Would you pay more to recycle? You may have to because of the new policy, the China Sword. For decades, most of the recycling in Western Washington went to China, to be processed and reused. But in 2017, Chinese government officials decided the quality of recycling the United States was sending the country wasn’t good enough, simply put, there was too much garbage in sorted recycling. In response, China tightened restrictions about what recycling the country would accept, […]

  • 2,000 tons of recycling are landfilled against King County code

    SEATTLE — Across the country, China’s stricter requirements on scrap imports has upended operations for many recycling companies. The material being collected simply has no place to go. Because of this, a company that collected recycling in Western Washington, Republic Services, sent tons of paper you recycled to a landfill. PAPER PILING UP The problem dates back to last year. China implemented the ‘National Sword’ setting in place new restrictions on recycling that made it virtually impossible for the U.S. […]

  • Recycling at ‘risk’: China’s new rules put programs in U.S. in jeopardy

    Companies who collect your bottles and boxes say recycling programs as we know it are at risk. It’s because of the so-called ‘China Sword,’ the country’s ban on several types of recyclables.

  • 14,000 King County youths lack high school credentials

    SEATTLE — Here’s a number that may surprise you. Right now in King County, there are an estimated 14,000 young adults, ages 16 to 24, who didn’t graduate high school. In fact, Washington has one of the worst graduation rates in the country, below 80 percent, putting the state at number 41 out of 50.  The United Way of King County is working to change Washington’s ranking through a program called Reconnecting Youth. It started in 2014, connecting 16 programs […]

  • Gray Tsunami: More seniors filling homeless shelters

    A resident at the Everett Gospel Mission, Flocchini is part of the region’s growing homeless population, specifically a segment that is growing: the elderly. In this case, shelter managers say, the group is anyone age 51 and older.

  • Top Planned Parenthood official retiring at the pinnacle of the reproductive rights fight

    SEATTLE — The story of Carole’s Miller’s career at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is beginning and ending the same way: with a threat, the federal government will pull Title X funding from her organization because of Planned Parenthood’s support for abortion services. In 1988, as part of the pro-life movement, President Ronald Reagan barred organizations from receiving Title X funding if they provided abortions. Last week,the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed […]

  • United Way: ‘We can do better’ on the homeless crisis

    In 2017 alone, according to research by the Seattle Times, Seattle and King County spent almost $200 million on homelessness, when you combine all government and private philanthropic sources.

  • Officers on electric bikes: Federal Way leading the trend

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — You’ve probably seen or heard of police officers on bicycles and motorcycles, but the Federal Way Police Department is trying something in the middle: electric bikes. The department believes they’re the first in the region to try this. They’ve had a bicycle unit for eight years, what they call their “Special Operations Unit.” Last year, a member of the unit, Officer Ben Tseng had an idea.  Tseng personally owns e-bikes. When the department needed new bikes, […]

  • Seattle’s proposed employee tax: Highest ‘head tax’ in the nation

    SEATTLE — If Seattle’s proposed “Progressive Tax on Business” is implemented, it would be the highest “head tax” in the country by far, according to the nonpartisan group the Tax Foundation. “Seattle is looking at $500 per full-time job or for part-time .26 cents per hour,” said Jared Walczak, senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation. “No one has ever come close to that.” Denver has a head tax called an “Occupational Privilege Tax” of about $4 per employee per […]