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Compost Food: It’s not garbage anymore!

New Requirements Start January 1 Every year, Seattle spends more than $13 million dollars to send its trash to a landfill in eastern Oregon. More than one-third of that material is made up of table scraps, coffee grounds, banana peels, chicken bones, and other food waste. It’s not garbage anymore! Starting January 1, 2015, the […]


Do I have to pay for extra recycling?

No. Seattle residents can recycle as much as they want for no charge. During the holiday season, recycling carts tend to get pretty full! You can put extra recyclables next to your recycling cart in sturdy bins, boxes or 32-gallon cans. Flatten cardboard boxes.


Get Help with Your Bill

Do you know that you can get 50 percent off your Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) bill through the Utility Discount Program? Income-qualified homeowners and renters are eligible. For example, if you’re a family of four making less than $4,905 per month you may qualify. Program participants also get a 60 percent discount on their Seattle […]


Worst Halloween Candy Contest

From Candy Corn to Peeps, there are plenty of Halloween “treats” that terrify Seattle residents. Vote for your least favorite Halloween candy by October 27 and you’ll be entered to win a kitchen compost collector – great for carrying unwanted leftovers to your food and yard waste cart, where they will be turned to compost […]


Celebrate Arbor Day – Come Plant a Tree!

The City of Seattle’s reLeaf program invites you celebrate Arbor Day in October by planting trees. Please RSVP to participate. When: Saturday, October 18, 9 am – noon Where: Meet at the corner of South Fletcher Street and 57th Avenue South in Rainier Beach. These new trees provide us with many benefits, including decreasing flooding […]


Adopt Your Drain and Prevent Local Flooding

Don’t let fall rainstorms flood your street. Help clear your local storm drain of leaves and other debris by adopting your local storm drain.  Every autumn Seattle Public Utilities faces a big job keeping storm drains clear – there are over 70,000 of them around the city! Remember to clear your drain only if it […]


Learn about Rebates for Rain Gardens and Cisterns

Join one of our informational events this October and November Do you know what a rain garden is?  Rain gardens can be thought of as a personal water quality system. A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in your landscape to receive polluted runoff from […]


What do I do with old electronics?

Many electronics, especially TVs and computers, contain toxic materials and are banned from the garbage, yard waste and curbside recycling containers. Seattle residents, have plenty of convenient and easy options for recycling their unwanted electronics. Contact or 1-800-RECYCLE for free computer and TV drop-off locations. Also visit  for cell phone and fluorescent light bulb drop-off locations. Some charge […]


Don’t Drip and Drive. Fix That Leak!

Attend a FREE Auto Leaks Workshop – a $125 value! Get your car inspected by a certified mechanic. Find out if you have any leaks and identify the source of the leaks. A leaky car isn’t reliable, and it’s harmful to the Puget Sound. Learn more at Choose from these dates at South Seattle College in West […]


$75 Rebates on Toilets

Toilets are a household’s biggest water user — old, leaky models can impact your utility bill. Consider replacing them with our help! For a limited time, customers who replace their old, water-guzzling toilets (made before 2004) with new WaterSense Premium models get a $75 rebate! • Qualifying Toilet Models • Toilet Retailers Learn more at or by calling 206-684-SAVE […]