Sunday, September 16, 2007

Neighbors' Property an Eyesore?

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The city seems to love posting PDFs on their website and then hoping you can find them. For your convenience, here's the text of a recent one. Find the original here in case you need to print out copies to stuff in a neighbor's mailbox. (FWG does not recommend stealing stuff from your neighbor's trash heap and recycling it yourself.)

Get a Jump on Fall
at the City of Federal Way Fall Recycling Event
Twin Lakes Metro Park and Ride (map)
Saturday, September 29, 2007
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This program is only for household materials from King County residents. All service providers at the event have the right to refuse any materials they deem unacceptable. Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Bring these items!

Refrigerators and Freezers - $10 each. Empty, please. NO commercial freezers (larger than 6' x 4').

Scrap Metals - Including appliances—stoves and hot water heaters. DRAIN GAS AND OIL FROM MOWERS. NO excessive grease, please.

Used Petroleum and Oil Filters - Do not mix any of these liquids together: Oil filters, Gasoline, Brake fluid, Transmission fluid, Motor oil, Kerosene, Diesel fuel, 2-cycle mix

Air Conditioners - Home air conditioning units only. NO automobile a/c units.

Bulky Tree Branches, Stumps and Logs - Tree branches and logs (minimum 3" in diameter). NO yard debris, such as leaves, grass clippings, sod, compost piles, vines, weeds, small twigs, garden waste. These materials will Not be accepted. Call Waste Management to subscribe to residential collection of these materials at 253-833-3333. (Sorry, no assistance available to unload stumps from vehicles.)

Scrap Wood Waste - Pallets, dimensional lumber, crates and plywood. Nails OK. NO painted wood. NO particle board. NO laminated wood. NO creosote or pressure-treated wood.

Clothing and Household Goods (Good Condition Only) - Small appliances in working condition—nothing larger than a bread box. Reusable clothing of all types, shoes, pots, pans, bedding, toys and books. NO items that are broken, torn, stained or wet. NO upholstered furniture, mattresses, built-in appliances or burned out BBQs

Batteries - Lead acid car, truck and marine batteries. Household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D), ni-cad rechargeable batteries and button batteries. Please sort large quantities.

Tires OFF THE RIM - Light truck, car, and motorcycle tires. Bias, steel-belted and studded will be accepted. No tires with an inner circle diameter greater than 18 inches. Limit of 6 tires per vehicle.

Fluorescent Tubes, Mercury and Sodium Vapor Lamps - Please, NO lighting fixtures or broken tubes. Double-bag accidentally broken tubes and take to the Household Hazardous Wastemobile.

The following items are banned from normal disposal, please do bring to event for recycling.

Computers and Monitors - Computer CPUs accepted. YES—printers, peripherals, and other computer equipment or supplies. $10 fee per monitor. CASH ONLY.

TVs - $20 fee per set. $25 consoles and oversized. CASH ONLY.

Electronics - Cell phones, printers, computer keyboards, mice and peripherals and other electronics.

What NOT to bring to this recycling event

Sorry, Do NOT bring:
  • paint, oil-based or latex
  • pesticides
  • herbicides
  • hobby or household chemicals

Take to:
The Household Hazardous Wastemobile at The Commons in Federal Way near Sears.
Call 206-296-4692 for details and dates, or visit

Sorry, Do NOT bring:
  • sinks or toilets
  • window glass
  • garbage or carpet
  • painted, laminated, treated wood or particle board

Take to:
King County Algona Transfer Station
35315 W Valley Hwy, Algona (map)

**Please cover your load!!**

Remember, on state highways and surface streets within the City of Des Moines, it's a ticketable offense to travel with an uncovered load.

Please load your materials in the order listed below.

Load in Your Vehicle First — Unload Last at the Event: Scrap Metal, Scrap Wood Waste, and Bulky Tree Branches, Logs

2nd — Refrigerators and Freezers, TV’s, Electronics, Fluorescent Tubes

3rd — Used Motor Oil, Filters, Antifreeze and Automotive Fluids

4th — Tires (off the rim)

5th — Clothing, Household Goods

Load Last—Comes off First: Batteries

Can't Make The Event?

Take these items elsewhere.

Motor Oil
CALL first. All have quantity limits.
  • AutoZone 253-838-0994
  • NAPA Auto Parts 253-838-1234
  • Schuck’s 253-941-2700
  • Joe’s 253-927-7180
  • B&B Auto 253-661-7222
Clothing and Household Goods
  • Goodwill 253-946-0447
  • Salvation Army 800-958-7825
  • Deseret Industries 253-839-9045
Valley Recycling Center
253-833-5431, 411 W Valley Highway S, Pacific (map)

Major appliances like washers, stoves or hot water heaters.

Recycle for a FEE at:
  • Major Brand Appliances 253-838-7056
  • Bob’s Maytag 253-661-5345
  • Bow Lake Transfer Station 206-296-4466
  • JACO Environmental 800-414-5072 (for home collection)
Recycle for FREE at:
  • Schnitzer Steel 253-572-4000 (no refrigerators or freezers)

For More Information:

  • Event Information
    City of Federal Way—253-835-2708,
  • Curbside Recycling and Yard Debris Services
    Waste Management—253-833-3333 or 800-592-9995,
  • King County Transfer Stations
  • Locations, hours and material information.—206-296-6542,
  • What’s hazardous waste and what to do with it
    Household Hazardous Waste Line—206-296-4692
  • Check out King County’s “What Do I Do With?” website ( which has up-to-the-minute information to help you properly recycle just about everything!



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