Garbage And Gifts Get Together In Washington Store

A garbage and recycling service with its own retail store? That’s CleanScapes, which was recently tapped to pick up garbage, recycling and compost in Issaquah, Wash., and now has cut the ribbon on an area retail store and customer service center that provides both customer service and “creative products and gifts to reduce waste.” The idea is that Issaquah residents can come in and pay a bill or drop off hard to recycle items, and pick up a few reusable/recycled/recyclable products in the process.

One of the most unique features of the store is the fact that it includes re-used bicycles rescued from the landfill thanks to a new bicycle recycling partnership between CleanScapes and Bike Works, a non-profit. Citing the fact that every year, millions of bicycles end up in landfills in the US, CleanScapes and Bike Works are offering local residents the opportunity  to purchase a refurbished bike at a low cost. (This, of course, serves the community as well, as more bikes on the road generally means fewer cars.)

CleanScapes store

image via CleanScapes

CleanScapes was founded in Seattle in 1997, and currently provides sustainable solid waste and recycling collection to municipalities, commercial properties, business improvement districts and stadiums in Washington, Oregon and California. It picked up the Issaquah contract last fall, and rolled out its waste collection services over the summer — with which the mayor of Issaquah, Ava Frisinger, seems pleased.

“We selected CleanScapes for their commitment to customer service, focus on working with businesses and residents to increase recycling and composting and dedication to continuous improvement and innovation,” she said, in a statement. She went on to note that city officials have been impressed with CleanScapes’ roll-out of services to the community.

The CleanScapes Store, located in Gilman Village, is open Monday – Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday noon to 5pm.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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