Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Winter 2014

Spill Kit Program for Businesses

soap drain compAs part of the City of Edmonds’ stormwater education and outreach efforts, the City initiated a pollutant source control program for businesses. The City has partnered with ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle - www.ecoss.org), to increase awareness within the business community of the impacts of stormwater pollution and hazardous material spills to our local water bodies. ECOSS, a non-profit environmental outreach organization, developed a successful spill prevention and response program to help minimize the release of pollutants from local businesses. ECOSS recently received funding from the Puget Sound Partnership to expand this program into Snohomish County at very little cost to the City. 

As you may know, stormwater is a significant source of pollution to our local water bodies. One of the areas the City is focusing on to reduce stormwater pollution is in the business sector. Many businesses, including restaurants, automobile related companies, and landscaping shops, use or generate hazardous materials as a normal part of their work. If there’s a spill, and the spill enters a nearby storm drain, there could be serious impacts to the local water body. As part of the program, ECOSS goes on-site to deliver a spill kit, train owners/employees on the proper way to respond to a spill, and discuss the implementation of best management practices (business policies and behaviors) that could minimize the occurrence of spills. Staff from ECOSS are multilingual and are able to speak Korean and other foreign languages to ensure the message is received by all business owners. ECOSS also discusses stormwater issues, including any on-site drainage concerns and where (to what water body) the businesses’ stormwater flows to.The services are free to the business, and include:

spill kit comp»  a ready-to-use spill kit

»  a spill response plan and spill
    response training

»  a drainage map for the site

»  best management practices
    tailored to on-site needs

In addition to preventing pollution from entering our local streams, these actions can help businesses avoid considerable clean-up costs, fines, and liability.

If you have any questions about spill kits or ways that you can minimize spills at your business or home, contact Mike Cawrse at 425.771.0220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

citylogocolor    Puget Sound Starts Here

Here’s a News Flush from your Edmonds Sewer Utility

  • 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.

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+.


  • 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.

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