Winter 2014
Newsletter for Winter 2014
THE TOP TEN ITEMS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILETdnf
  • Disposable diapers of any kind, including those brands marketed as flushable.
  • Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, or other similar products.
  • Dental floss.
  • Hair cleaned from combs and brushes.
  • Personal care products such as cotton swabs or balls, plastics, or latex.
  • Feminine hygiene products including the cardboard and/or plastic applicators.
  • Toilet paper tubes or wrappers.
  • Paper towels.
  • Cloth diapers, underwear, rags, towels, sheets, or clothing of any kind.
  • Cigarette butts.

Other Items that Should Never Be Flushed (or poured down any drain):
  • Cooking oils and grease
  • Paint, stains, or wood preservatives of any kind
  • Motor oil, antifreeze, or solvents of any kind
  • Pesticides, herbicides, weed killers, or chemicals of any kind
  • Medications of any kind*
  • Disposable lighters
  • Needles (sharps), razor blades, or pins
  • Fish, turtles, lizards, or other pets (dead or alive)

The Edmonds Sewer Utility would highly prefer that people never flush any of the items that are listed above. Just because a product is labeled “Flushable” on its packaging, or because you can physically make it pass through your toilet, does not mean that it will not cause problems downstream.

The listed items do not dissolve in contact with water and can cause blockages in your sewer lines or in the sewer main lines. If these items manage to reach the City’s Wastewater treatment plant, they have to be removed by mechanical screening. Many of these items make it past the screens and routinely clog pump stations and treatment plant pumps.

*A reminder that expired or unwanted medications should not be flushed down sinks or toilets. There are opportunities for free drop-off of medications since they should not be tossed into the garbage also. The local drop-off locations are:
  • Group Health Lynnwood, 20200 54th Ave. W, Lynnwood
  • All Bartell Drugs outlets
  • Edmonds Police Department, 250 5th Ave. N, Edmonds

RTEmagicC Safe Drug Drop Off 01.pngLook for the collection bin (or ask the pharmacist) for free drop-off of:
  • Prescription medicine
  • Over-the-counter medicine
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Inhalers
  • Liquid medicine in glass or leak-proof containers

Any questions on recycling or proper disposal, please call the City’s Recycling Coordinator at 425-771-0235.


recreationCLASSES AT PARKS & RECREATION
View class details at www.crazedigital.org. Questions call 425.771.0230.

  • Fitness classes 2014 - fulfill your fitness goals!
  • New kids art classes for ages 3.5-12.
  • Non-school days mini-camp fun!
  • Egg decorating workshops for ages 5+.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • February 4 - Picnic Shelter reservations open. Visit www.rental.edmondswa.gov or call 425.771.0230.
  • March 3 - Thumbs Up for Summer Fun!  Camp registration begins March 3.
  • May 17 - Save the Date:  Health & Fitness Expo, May 17.
  • Fitness Room Upgrade Coming to the FAC - Thanks to Verdant Health Commission the Frances Anderson Center will be upgrading their fitness room in 2014. Stay tuned!
  • City Park Play & Spray Project - The play area at City Park is closed through late summer 2014 as we construct a new play area that will include play areas for 2-5 and 5-12 year olds, and Edmonds’ first spray park. Funding for this project is provided by the Washington State Recreation Conservation Office, Snohomish County, The Hazel Miller Foundation, and the City of Edmonds.
In late 2011, the City of Edmonds completed the installation of six public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. These stations were obtained at no cost to the City because of a federal grant provided to Coulomb Industries through the provisions of the ARRA. As a condition of the grant, Coulomb gave these stations to qualified organizations which then installed and activated them.

As demonstrated by the accompanying chart, the energy provided by these EV charging stations since their launch passed a significant milestone during this year. In August, the cumulative avoided production of greenhouse gases attributable to the use of these six stations surpassed a metric ton (2204.6 lbs). The City expects the savings of emissions to continue growth as electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids become more common. Edmonds remains committed to its role in providing the infrastructure to enable this transition to cleaner driving.
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