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From knee pads to kites to insulating walls, campaign signs can do it all

Not everybody hates campaign yard signs.

In fact, there’s a guy on the Bainbridge who can’t get enough of them.

After my recent story about the proliferation of campaign yard signs, retired sign-maker Joe Litus asked that I get the word out to local politicians (and their supporters) that he’d love get his hands on their leftover signs.

“I have projects that range from building raised garden plots, to covering a wood shed against the rain, to using them as walls for my grandson’s tree house, and using them for siding on a ‘cat house’ for the grandkids’ cats!” Joe wrote in an email.

And that’s not all.

The old signs are good for insulating basement walls, advertising garage sales, protecting old knees as portable padding and crafting home address numerals. Joe can even shape them into kites, glider planes and the foundations of entire worlds (model train worlds, that is).

And with Christmas right around the corner, why not let Joe transform all those sour memories of failed campaigns into holiday cheer?

“Ingenuity can be lent to see them recycled into Christmas ornaments!” Joe wrote.

The newfangled corrugated plastic signs are best but the vintage-style rigid paper ones are plenty good for reuse. Throw in the wooden stakes. Joe will know what to do with them.

Joe’s house is conveniently located near downtown Winslow. Shoot him an email, jmlclassic at yahoo.com, to coordinate sign drop-offs.

50th Rotary rummage sale aims to cut waste

Organizers of the 50th Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale want to trim down the amount of waste that’s hauled away after Saturday’s buying frenzy is over.

Last year, just over 30 tons of post-sale junk was hauled to the landfill. That’s a lot, but it’s a lot less than the 70 tons produced in 2001. Since then, Rotary has worked to increase recycling and allow nonprofits to pick over the leftovers before they’re trucked off.

For more about this year’s sale, read Derek Sheppard’s story HERE.

Recycle your TV (or other electrotrash) for free

Starting Jan. 1, you can recycle your computer, monitor, or TV at the Goodwill at the drop off outside Ace Hardware on High School Road…for free.

Thanks to a new state law, the cost of recycling many old electronic items will be passed on to manufacturers. And the old gizmos, which contain toxic components, will be kept out of landfills.

The programs doesn’t cover everything. Cell phones, old computer mice, printers and several other items will have to go elsewhere.

For more info, read Chris Dunagan’s story here.

Ferry system busted for tossing recycling in the trash

A KIRO TV News investigation revealed that workers on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle ferry route were rounding up separated paper and plastic in on-board recycling bins…and tossing it all in the trash.

In the TV footage, KIRO reporter Chris Halsne confronts a Washington State Ferries worker who was throwing a cart full of recyclables in a trash bin.

“I don’t want to see this on KIRO News or anywhere else,” said the ferry worker before throwing a bag full of newspapers into a trash bin.

Halse then gets the runaround from two WSF supervisors who refuse to answer this basic question: why trash the presorted recyclable items?

KIRO News staff had used hidden cameras and specially marked recycled items to track the items’ trips from recycle bins (with signs declaring “Recycling. So simple it works!”) to the trash in all 22 trips they documented.

“It’s such a waste,” one ferry rider told KIRO.

“I feel deeply betrayed,” said another.

One rider said the fault lies not with the workers but with their bosses.

“Management isn’t setting the tone,” he said.

WSF management told KIRO they had “no idea” that recycling was being trashed, but vowed to set things straight now that it was brought to their attention.

To view KIRO’s story and the raw footage of ferry workers getting caught in the act, click here and find the links on the right side of the page.

Bainbridge house takes to the waves to escape demolition

It might have appeared that a liveaboard was trading his humble quarters for more palatial digs when the floating 3,400-square-foot home drifted in to Eagle Harbor on Tuesday.

Instead, the barged-in abode was, in the words of its new owner, a giant recycling project. Destined for the dump, the home was rescued by Geoff and Candace Daigle. They promptly planted the 19-year-old house on a plot they’ve owned for years at the head of the bay.

For my story on the move and plenty of photos from Larry “Beijing” Steagall, click here.

And for more info on house moving, check out the Web site of B.C.-based Nickel Brothers, the company the Daigles employed to uproot, haul and plant their home.

The Nickel Brothers’ site features dozens of homes available in south British Columbia, the Seattle-area and Port Townsend that might qualify for a historic home plaque. But, as islanders saw with the Cave House on Ferncliff Avenue and the Hoskinson House at the corner of Madison and Wyatt, walls saturated with history are no protection from the wrecking ball.