Curbside recycling expanded to more area consumers

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Curbside recycling in Walla Walla has long been available only to single-family homes and small multifamily units, but change is in the autumn air.

Sustainable Walla Walla, the Sustainable Living Center and Basin Disposal Inc. recently announced a new curbside program for businesses, churches, agencies and residential complexes in Walla Walla.

BDI will collect recyclables on a weekly basis from such entities for $6 per month for a 96-gallon container, according to a news release. The fee includes a provided container and allows for mixed recyclables.

As with the city's curbside program, BDI will provide the recycling container and will accept mixed recyclables.

For the skinny on what is allowed and what is not, go to ubne.ws/uMuy9o or call BDI at 525-1711.

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AAA Walla Walla is launching its fourth annual Soap for Hope campaign, collecting unused and unopened toiletries to be donated to the Christian Aid Center.

Donations may be dropped off at AAA's office at 1361 Dalles Military Road through the end of the year, according to a news release. Donations made at this office will stay in the community to benefit Christian Aid Center.

New, full- and sample-size toiletry items, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and deodorant will be accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

"I'm really proud to be a part of such an incredible community," Kathleen Buford, manager of AAA's office in Walla Walla, said in the release. "Our members and other customers really pitched in with our Soap for Hope drive, and with their help, we were able to provide thousands of toiletry items locally to those that need them the most."

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In the next two weeks, you can add some free health care to your grocery cart at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods.

The grocer, at 905 S. Second Ave., and Walla Walla General Hospital will provide blood pressure and glucose screenings next Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon and Nov. 15 from 3-5 p.m., according to a news release.

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A downtown restaurant is looking to bridge the gap between the tough economic times and taking the family out for a special evening.

CrossRoads Steakhouse has rolled out Family Night Dinners on Thursday nights from 5-8.

The dinners are served family style and last week's menu included fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli and dinner bread. The tab runs $10, $7 for children 6-11 and free for those 5 and under, not including beverages and limited to folks who dine in. CrossRoads is at 207 W. Main St. and can be reached at 522-1200.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Alasdair Stewart can be reached at alasdairstewart@wwub.com or 526-8311.

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