Northwest NEWS

March 27, 2000

Valley Special

Get mower for less

Mulching mowers help environment

   Save up to 45 percent on a new electric mulching mower or manual push mower at the upcoming "Grasscycling Gives you Mower for Less" events.

   An average Puget Sound-area household generates nearly 1,000 pounds of grass clippings annually. This high volume results in a burden on the region's composting facilities. In early 1998, it was determined that approximately 3 million pounds of grass clippings need to be diverted annually in order to alleviate the curbside collection overload.

   A consortium of solid waste agencies, utilities, and regulatory agencies banded together to create a solution. The result was Grasscycling--to educate consumers about the benefits of Grasscycling, recycle less efficient mowers, and encourage consumer purchases of resource-efficient mulching mowers with substantial discounts.

   Grasscycling events will be held on April 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cheney Stadium parking lot (located off of the S. 19th St. E. exit of highway 16 in Tacoma); April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in King County's Marymoor Park Interpretive parking lot (located at Highway 520 and W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE in Redmond); and April 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Paine Field, Snohomish County Airport (located west of Airport Road on 100th St. SW in Everett).

   For more information, call the King County Solid Waste Division at 206-296-4466 (voice); 1-800-833-6388 (TTY Relay Service); or toll-free at 1-800-325-6165 (ext. 6542).