Local residents junk some 40,000 tons of textiles yearly

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

But old clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore — learn what you can do

Ellen Pepin and her husband, Gregg Cato, are no strangers to their neighborhood donation center.

“We live in a small house,” says Ellen, “and things pile up quickly. We’re constantly trying to declutter —cleaning out the basement or reorganizing our closets — so we always have a few things in our ‘donate’ pile.”

This month, their donation pile features a small bookshelf, a box of books they’ve already read, and something they’ve never taken to their local Goodwill before: a stack of ripped and hole-filled clothing.

Until recently, the couple didn’t know how to dispose of socks with holes in the toes or jeans that have ripped beyond repair. It didn’t seem right to put them in the garbage, but where else would they go?

Ellen and Gregg weren’t the only people to think that way. In fact, Seattle and King County residents toss an estimated 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes, linens and other textiles into the garbage. And all of those items go directly to a landfill.

But ripped, worn and stained clothes and linens, heavily worn or holey socks, and “singles” of items that are normally paired aren’t garbage anymore. These items are accepted by many local organizations, as long as they are not wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials.

Now in its third year, the Threadcycle campaign, a joint project of King County Solid Waste Division and Seattle Public Utilities, is urging people to take used clothing items to one of the dozens of donation locations operated by nine partner organizations throughout Seattle and King County.

During the month of March, you’ll be seeing Threadcycle promotions throughout King County on buses, social media and various digital platforms. 
The long list of items that can be accepted ranges from purses to ripped jeans to single socks.

The Council for Textile Recycling estimates that up to 95 percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens that are thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled and turned into new products:

Stained, holey t-shirts can be turned into industrial wiping rags.
Worn out jeans can be recycled into fiber and made into home insulation.
A variety of items can be recycled into fiber to create sound-proofing for household appliances.

Threadcycle has partnered with nine organizations to encourage residents to recycle all clothes, shoes and linens. These organizations include:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound
Goodwill (South King, Pierce & Thurston counties)
Northwest Center
The Salvation Army
Seattle Goodwill
Value Village

These organizations and businesses offer many ways to give your gently used and worn out clothes, shoes and linens, including:
Drop boxes (found in parking lots throughout Seattle and King County)
Thrift shops
Stationary collection trucks and trailers
Pick-up services  (scheduled by phone or online)
Special collection events

Woodinville man charged in attack of transgender woman

  • Written by Lisa Allen, Editor

King County prosecutors last week charged Anthony Del Toro, 23, of Woodinville, with malicious harassment and felony harassment relating to an incident that took place Jan. 10 in South Seattle.

Court documents allege that Del Toro met up with a co-worker who invited him to her apartment. The transgender co-worker was formerly male but now identifies as female, documents say.

After a sexual encounter, prosecutors say, Del Toro found a Metro bus pass with a picture of the transgender woman before she transitioned, causing Del Toro to become upset. The woman asked him to leave, and when he didn’t, she went outside the apartment. Documents say he followed her, pushed her, and then punched her in the face, giving her a bloody nose.

Del Toro continued to verbally threaten her and said that if he had a knife he would kill her. She then fled to a different area of the apartment complex. She returned later to find televisions and an entertainment center smashed and $20 missing. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

Del Toro’s past includes convictions for animal cruelty and assault. He was still at large when the charges were filed. Arraignment will be at the King County Courthouse on March 27.
Bail is set in the amount of $100,000.

Free kids' trout fishing day at Lake Tye

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On Sunday, April 23,  the Sky Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be presenting a free kids’ trout fishing day at Lake Tye, on Fryelands Blvd. in Monroe. Children 12 years old and under can fish for FREE from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will be lots of fun prizes. Bring your own fishing gear or there will be fishing gear available for use during the event.  Following the kid’s event there will be an adult fishing derby from 2 to 5 p.m. with a cash prize of $250 for biggest fish and a bonus prize of $500 for anyone who catches a special “tagged” fish.  Entry fee for the adult’s derby is $10. 

Woodinville council approves community grants

  • Written by Bill Lewis

The Woodinville City Council approved $8,500 in community grants at its March 7 meeting, to help fund events sponsored by three local community organizations.

The city began offering the grants in 2013, when it set aside up to $5,000 to assist in event funding. This year, the council has allocated a total of $15,000 for the grants.

The Woodinville Rotary Club was awarded two $2,500 grants for separate events, the Rotary Skate Challenge and the Rotary BMX Challenge held at Rotary Community Park.

The council approved another $2,500 grant to the YMCA, for its activities as a partner in the Celebrate Woodinville events in July and August, as well as $1,044 for the Imprint Church-sponsored Great Community Egg Hunt.

Six organizations applied for seven grants totaling about $35,000. The council pared down most of the grant requests – the Rotary Club had sought two $4,171 grants, and the YMCA applied for $15,000.

Three grant requests were rejected: a Rotary Club application for $8,000 for its winter warm coat program; a $600 application for the Woodinville Interfaith Network’s Hunger CROP Walk; and a $2,000 request for a community play zone at the Woodinville Farmers Market.

Mayor Bernie Talmas and some council members said the programs that were turned down might be better candidates for a separate city grant program – human services grants – rather than the community grant program, which is intended specifically for community programs and events.

Parks Commission endorses DeYoung transformation

  • Written by Bill Lewis

The Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commission voted March 9 to recommend about $533,000 in improvements at DeYoung Park.

On a 4-1 vote, the commission sent its recommendation to the City Council, which is set to decide April 4 on proposed renovations at the 175th Street downtown park.
Commission Chair Sandra White endorsed the plan “because of the excitement this could bring to the central core of Woodinville,” including making the downtown area more accommodating to walkers.

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