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Tests confirm Seattle’s drinking water is safe to drink

SEATTLE — Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said today that two days of extensive testing in five Seattle homes confirms the city’s water continues to be safe to drink. The utility started testing after learning last week that Tacoma Public Utilities had detected high levels of lead in four water samples taken from galvanized steel service […]

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Earth Day Clean-Up Events Happening This Weekend!

This year Earth Day falls on Friday, but events are not limited to one single day. There are numerous events scheduled throughout Seattle, ranging from work parties to family nature classes. Here are a few events happening this weekend: Friday, April 22 Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail Restoration work party at Burke-Gilman Trail from 9 […]

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FAQ: What can I do to make spring cleaning more green?

Answer: You’ve got options! There are many great cleaners that both help the environment and are tough on removing messes. By using these products we can better maintain our health and reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the storm drain. A good first step to cleaning green is to swap your normal household cleaner […]

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FAQ: Can dead batteries go in the garbage?

Answer: Yes (but wait, there’s more!) Dead alkaline batteries, including AAA, AA, C, D and 9v, can go in your curbside garbage bin. At the moment this is the only curbside disposal option for this type of battery. However, you can also recycle alkaline batteries at several Household Hazardous Waste Facilities in the Seattle area. […]

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FAQ: Should I pour oil from cooked meats down the sink drain?

Answer: No. Fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) resulting from food preparation can build up in sewer pipes and cause expensive blockages, backups and sewage overflows. Sources of F.O.G. include gravy, sauces and soups, butter, milk, mayonnaise and shortening. Take a look at a pipe clogged with F.O.G. (Spoiler alert: it’s icky!) Cool it, can it, trash […]

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FAQ: My shirt’s all worn out, should I toss it in the trash?

Answer: No, threadcycle it! Ripped, worn and stained clothes and linens, heavily worn shoes, and “singles” of items that are normally paired aren’t garbage anymore. Threadcycle, a joint project of King County and Seattle Public Utilities, is urging residents to take used clothing items to one of the dozens of donation locations operated by nine […]

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It’s Time for Spring Clean!

City-Sponsored Community Cleanup Event Runs April–May 2016 SEATTLE — Spring is just around the corner, and so is Spring Clean, Seattle’s premier community cleanup program. Spring Clean, now in its 30th year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During Spring Clean, Seattle residents participate in activities like picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to […]

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FAQ: Can I trash leftover bubble wrap?

Answer: Nope, recycle it! Bubble wrap is not garbage. To recycle it, you only need to bundle it together in a plastic bag. Remember it can always be reused for future gift wrapping and product shipments, or dropped off at a Seattle Public Utilities transfer station. Several local mailing and shipping businesses will also accept bubble […]

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Threadcycle: damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore

“Threadcycle” encourages residents to donate for reuse or recycling Every year, Seattle and King County residents toss an estimated 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes, linens and other textiles into the garbage. And all of those items go directly to a landfill. But ripped, worn and stained clothes and linens, heavily worn shoes, and “singles” of […]

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FAQ: Does SPU do graffiti removal?

Answer: Yes SPU’s Graffiti Rangers remove graffiti from public and, in some persistent cases, private property. Reporting Graffiti: Taking prompt, proactive steps to report and remove graffiti is the best way to prevent it from occurring in your community. The city’s Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner. Use the […]

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