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Kittitas County residents will get to trade burn barrels for compost bins

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KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- In an effort to limit wildfires and air pollution Kittitas County residents will once again get the chance to swap out their empty burn barrels for free compost bins.

The use of burn barrels is illegal in Washington state.

Residents will be able to turn in their barrels to the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Ecology and Kittitas County Solid Waste, where they will be collected and destroyed.

The dates and locations where residents can trade their burn barrels while supplies of compost bins last:
* August 9 - 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Solid Waste Office, 925 Industrial Way, Ellensburg

* August 20, 8 a.m. to 1p.m., at the Cle Elum Transfer Station, 50 No. 5 Mine Road
In May, Kittitas County collected more than 30 burn barrels.

The agencies are using a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for the work. They hope to get similar programs started in other counties.