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April, 2010:

Vampire Energy

Even when household appliances are turned off, most are still using some electricity.

The Vampire Energy transparency will show you how much money these energy-sucking appliances leech.

This tip if brought to you by Ralph Hogaboom in the IT Department.  Thanks Ralph!

Washington’s Material Exchange

Due to economic related issues, Grays Harbor County is not offering a 2010 Spring Cleanup Schedule this year.  This week’s tip is about Washington’s material exchange website: is Washington’s online exchange for reusable building materials and household items.  The objective of the site is to facilitate the recycling and repurposing of materials and items that would otherwise be disposed at Washington state landfills and waste to energy facilities, in addition to promoting an important environmental ethic.

You can post listings of items and materials you wish to get rid of or browse for those currently available in your area. Each listing contains a description of the materials along with a name and telephone number and any cost or delivery information. The actual exchange transactions are carried out directly between the interested parties.

Keep in mind, since there is a limit to the length of time a material listing can be posted, it pays to visit the site often. Your patience is appreciated as the Department of Ecology and your local solid waste agency work to increase the use of this site through marketing. Thank you and help spread the word. is keeping with Ecology’s mission, as set forth in chapter 70.95 RCW, to reduce the volume of solid waste placed in the state’s landfills and waste to energy facilities through waste reduction, source separation, recycling, and diversion.

Also listed on the website are businesses and charities that will accept some of your items:

Reuse Businesses: 

Aberdeen Auto Wreckers- Dismantled and wrecked autos

4th Dimension Computers- Working monitors

C & A Recycling/Roglins- Asphalt, brick, concrete

DataLink Computers- Computers, networking and point-of-sale equipment

Harbor Battery- Used batteries

Reuse Charities: 

Domestic Violence Center of GH- Cell phones

Friendship House- Clothing, shoes, towels, beds, toiletries

North Beach PAWS- Useable household goods, boats, aluminum cans, RV’s, automobiles

Please remember to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle  🙂

This tip is brought to you by Janet Parker who is the Grounds Supervisor here at Grays Harbor College.  Thanks Janet!

What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change.  It relates to the amount of greenhouse gasses produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation.

[What is a Carbon Footprint]-Click here to learn more about Carbon Footprints

This tip is brought to you by Todd Bates who is a Forestry Instructor here at Grays Harbor College.  Thanks Todd!