Department of Ecology News Release - September 2, 2015

Woodstove roundup slated in Cle Elum on Sept. 26
Ecology offers $250 incentive to reduce winter smoke in Kittitas County

CLE ELUM – The Washington Department of Ecology is offering a $250 rebate to Kittitas County residents who turn in their old woodstoves to be recycled as an incentive to reduce wood smoke and consider cleaner home heating options. 

Teaming with Kittitas County and the nonprofit HopeSource, Ecology will be collecting old woodstoves from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2015, at the Cle Elum transfer station on Mine Road. Woodstoves must be in working order and free of firebrick, ash, and debris to qualify for the incentive. Rebates are limited to the first 85 stoves received, and to two stoves per customer.

“Wood smoke is a year-round problem in Kittitas County and reducing the amount of smoke produced in old woodstoves can really make a difference,” explained Ecology smoke manager Jay Carmony. “We’ve had great success with these events and we hope folks will make a change for the better and get a cash reward for doing so.”

Smoke from summer wildfires, fall and spring outdoor burning and winter woodstove use produce ash and soot particles that imbed deeply in our lungs causing respiratory ailments that can lead to death.

Funds for the woodstove bounty were authorized by the state Legislature as part an effort to reduce air pollution caused by wood smoke. For more information, contact Carmony at 509-454-7660 or jay.carmony@ecy.wa.gov.

Contact:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral