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FAQ: What should I do with my empty prescription bottles?

Answer: Empty prescription bottles go in the garbage Prescription bottle plastic is too brittle to be recycled, so used bottles should be tossed in the garbage. What about leftover medicine? Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. To prevent misuse and pollution, dispose […]

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Become a Master Composter

Seattle Tilth trains new Master Composter volunteers this spring. The average American throws away over 200 pounds of food every year.[1] When all of this food waste ends up in the landfill, it generates nearly one quarter of annual U.S  methane emissions in the U.S. (methane is a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide). […]

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FAQ: Can I compost my dog’s waste?

Answer: Nope! Due to public health concerns pet waste is not allowed in curbside food and yard waste carts. All pet waste should be tossed in the garbage. Tip: Double bag the poop, and tie tightly to remove air from inside the bag. Removing the excess air prevents the bag from “exploding” near workers, when […]

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FAQ: Do I have to pay for extra recycling?

Answer: Nope! Seattle residents can recycle as much as they want for no charge. If you do have extra recyclables, put them next to your recycling cart in sturdy bins, boxes or 32-gallon cans. Flatten any cardboard boxes. If you regularly have extra recycling, you can also request an additional container

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Correction for NY Times drinking water error

A Jan. 6, 2015 New York Times Magazine article, The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, erroneously reported that the manufactured fluro-chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been detected in Seattle’s drinking water supply. PFOAs have been sampled for—and not found—in Seattle’s drinking water. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides pure mountain drinking water to approximately 1.3 […]

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South Transfer Station Hours Are Changing

  Seattle Public Utilities’ South Transfer Station extended evening hours will end after Jan. 15, 2016. New hours, effective Jan. 16, 2016, will be as follows: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7 days a week Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day; open July 4th. For more information, visit the South Transfer Station […]

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No Garbage, Recycling, or Food and Yard Waste Collection on New Year’s Day

Recycling and Disposal Station Closed January 1st. No garbage, recycling, or food and yard waste collections are scheduled in Seattle on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday. Customers should have their containers out before 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Free Holiday Tree Composting: Seattle residents can […]

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5 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for SPU Customers

The new year is almost upon us, and we know what that means: time to make some new year’s resolutions! Not sure what to put on this year’s list? We can help. Here’s a list of five new year’s resolution ideas for Seattle Public Utilities customers: 1. Pledge to Protect Our Waters Did you know […]

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Recycle Your Holidays

Between Thanksgiving  and New Year’s Day, U.S. household waste increases by 25 percent—that’s about 1 million tons per week! Want to do your part to cut down on that extra waste? Check out this list of how-to’s for holiday recycling:   Batteries: Household Hazardous Waste facilities accept alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9v) for recycling. These batteries may […]

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No Solid Waste Collection on Christmas Day

South Transfer Station Closed Dec. 25 No garbage, recycling, or food and yard waste collections are scheduled in Seattle on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday. Customers should have their containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Free Holiday Tree Composting: Seattle residents can put their Christmas trees […]

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