Trash Pickups On Friday Over Holidays

As residents of Victory Heights are used to every Thanksgiving, we will have trash pickup this week and next done on Friday, December 26th and January 2nd respectively, due to the holidays falling on Thursdays this year. Put your cans out by Friday morning. And when it’s time to finally get rid of that tree, the city says:

Free Holiday Tree Composting: Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Recycling and Disposal station from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, trash collection in Victory Heights will be on Fridays for the next two weeks, December 27th and January 3rd.

And after the holidays, if you should notice a dead tree in your house (sorry, an old Jerry Seinfeld joke), the city says Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $8.60. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2013. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 North 34th Street. The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 130 S. Kenyon St. The stations are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., other than selected holidays.

And speaking of the North Recycling and Disposal Station, it will be closed for two years after January 20, 2014 in order for a new station to be built in the same location. To learn more about the North Transfer Station Rebuild Project, visit the project website.

While closed, station users are encouraged to use the new South Transfer Station facility at 130 South Kenyon Street in South Park.

Knickerbocker Restoration Moved To 2014

KnickerbockerThe Seattle Public Utility (SPU) project to restore the Knickerbocker site of Thornton Creek (at the foot of 20th Avenue NE at NE 100th Street) has been rescheduled to  May 2014.

SPU announced in a letter to residents that,

Construction is planned to begin in late May of 2014 and be complete by October, 2014. City contractors will be on site early this summer to begin preparation for construction next year. They will treat and remove some invasive weeds to reduce re-growth following construction…. Crews will be making follow-up trips to the site in fall of 2013 and next spring.

Related: Knickerbocker Restoration Would Be First In The Nation
Related: Knickerbocker Site History

Originally the project had been announced to be done during summer 2013 but SPU is still working to obtain the completed environmental and building permits by late summer/early fall. Due to impact on fish and foot traffic during the school year, it can only be worked on during the summer months.

In addition, cedar trees in the north end of the project site will be removed, despite requests from the community that they be relocated. The city couldn’t afford to do so because of poor access and the low feasibility of their survival. But they wanted to note:

The project will incorporate the removed trees into the project design as in-stream structure, and more than 500 trees will be planted on the project site, including 265 cedar trees.

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Friday Trash Days And Tree Composting Next Two Weeks

You’ve probably already noticed no trash or recycling pickup occurred today, that’s because we’re on a Friday schedule in Victory Heights this week and next due to the holidays. Also, the city reminds us, “residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their Christmas trees and holiday greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 13, 2013. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.  Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.”

City residents can also take trees free of charge to the North and South Recycling stations (1350 North 34th Street is the closest) until January 13th.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting September 27

The Thornton Creek Alliance will be having its next meeting on September 27th at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, from 7 PM to 9 PM. The featured topic this month will be “If a Tree Falls In Thornton Creek, Does Anyone Hear It?” Guest speakers Matt Mega (Seattle Audubon, Urban Forestry Commission), Ruth Williams (Seattle Tree Ambassador), and Cass Turnbull (PlantAmnesty) will discuss the importance of trees to the health & well-being of people & wildlife in our community.  Discover what we can do to protect and promote our urban forest canopy.  Learn about Seattle’s proposed tree ordinance (and why it needs to be better) and take action.  Also, get information about Seattle’s free yard-tree program.

The meeting is free and open to the public and a great way to meet your neighbors who are concerned and interested in Thornton Creek.

Tree Activists Protest New City Proposals

The City of Seattle’s new proposals for tree regulations and a 5 year update of the Urban Forest Management Plan have come under protest by tree activists. Michael Oxman of Save Seattle Trees notes that, “key components will be left out of the 2 proposals, such as a new requirement that a permit be issued prior to citizens being allowed to remove trees from private property.” He is also disturbed that, “Since Resoultion 31138 was issued in 2009, no attempt has been made to determine the number or quality of trees that have been cut down by either city staff or by citizens doing maintenance or construction of new development.” He urges people to attend a meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission on Wednesday, July 11th at 3 PM in Room 2750 of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave and make their views known during the opening public comment period.

Trees slated for removal along NE Northgate Way

Meanwhile, residents near Northgate are upset about a plan by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to cut down 18 “healthy” trees as part of the widening of NE Northgate Way at 5th Ave NE. Janet Way said, “It’s an insult to the community,” and Ruth Williams noted, “We should make sure SDOT means what they say and will replace the trees with specimens of similar size.  Since they will no longer be on the sidewalk shading pedestrians, but out in the median shading vehicles, there will be fewer overhead wires and awnings to contend with.  Will SDOT be able to add a few natives to their tree list and plant some now?”  They urged concerned citizens to contact SDOT via e-mail or phone (206-462-6348) and register their concerns.