Second Agricultural Recycling Event of 2020 Is a Success
- posted on: December 4, 2020
- posted by: Rebecca Jordan
This post was written by Kelly Rankich, Facility Manager.
Earlier this year, we hosted our spring agricultural recycling event. With farmers often strapped for time and cash, recycling farming materials can be a hassle. (Small farmers like those in our valley often don’t meet the required minimum volume for pickup.)
Based on the success of that event and feedback from our local farmers, we teamed up with even more farmers in the Sammamish and Snohomish Valleys to save their hard-to-recycle agricultural materials in advance of another round of recycling in November.
In early November, DTG Recycle, a Pacific Northwest company with a facility in Woodinville that is “planet-obsessed,” dropped off a swing can. And over the course of a week, our local farmers collected 23 cubic yards of recyclable materials, primarily irrigation tubing, at no cost.
DTG is introducing a new, more flexible option called The Big Blue Bag, made from recycled plastic and 100% recyclable. It’s smaller and easier to maneuver than a swing can. We’ll be using this as an option for holding our hard-to-recycle items in between events.
As you can see, our event was successful in collecting hard-to-recycle materials. We’re learning more as we go. Next time, it may be easiest to create a pile of irrigation tubing for DTG to pick up with their grapple truck. If you have questions, ideas, or thoughts to share about recycling, please e-mail Kelly Rankich at KellyR@21acres.org.
If you have a project coming up (such as renovations or winter landscaping) and are interested in the Big Blue Bag, you can learn more here:
About Kelly Rankich
Kelly is a Green LEED Associate and our Facility Manager. She helps operate and maintain our living laboratory for green building and supports our soil team, market, and various programs. She has a passion for sustainability and reducing her carbon footprint. She is a long-time Woodinville resident, raising her two kids in this community, and is enjoying not having a commute. She grew up on a small 6-acre farm in Wisconsin and completed her MS in Environmental Engineering at Washington State University. She is a proud WSU Snohomish County Extension Sustainable Community Steward. You may catch her giving a Green Building Tour, multi-tasking ten projects at once, or helping set up for an event. When not working, she enjoys the plethora of wineries in Woodinville, music, dancing, and yoga.