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How to Dispose of Holiday Household Hazardous Waste

There is usually some assembly required during that holiday season, and that sometimes involves batteries, CFL light bulbs and other household hazardous waste. Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other batteries can be disposed of free of charge at Seattle’s Household Hazardous waste stations. Incandescent light bulbs, regular Christmas lights and alkaline […]


Starting January 1: No Food in the Garbage

Compost Food – It’s not garbage anymore! 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. Starting January 1, 2015, the City of […]


With windstorm predicted, are you ready?

With a windstorm predicted for Thursday, is your family ready. Take winter by storm with these tips: • Make sure storm drains are clear of leaves and debris to prevent flooding in your neighborhood. Clear with a rake or broom (only if it’s safe). Don’t put grass clippings, leaves, or other debris into drains, ditches, […]


Holiday Recycling Tips

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans throw out 25 percent more trash than any other time of that year. Here a a few tips on where to dispose of your holiday-related waste: Cardboard: Flatten and put in your recycling cart. Ribbons and bows: It’s best to reuse them; otherwise place in garbage. Gift wrap: Reuse or […]


Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights

Do you have a pile of burned-out Christmas lights? Are you replacing old lights with energy-efficient LED ones? Don’t throw out them out – recycle them! Christmas light recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them. King County offers a list of nearby locations where you can recycle your holiday lights for […]


All lanes of Aurora open today

Seattle Public Utilities completes emergency sewer repair Seattle Public Utilities reopened all lanes of Aurora Ave. N. between Ward and Comstock Streets earlier today. The emergency repair that replaced a section of broken sewer line is now complete. Additional non-emergency work and permanent street restoration will be scheduled in the near future in coordination with […]


Cyber Monday Recycling Tips

Today is Cyber Monday, which means many of us will be receiving packages over the course of the next few weeks. Here are some tips to reduce waste during this holiday season. 1. Packaging that comes with all those packages – like foam peanuts – can often be reused at local shipping outlets. Visit […]


Staying F.O.G. Free!

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means that a lot of our time will be spent in the kitchen. There will be yummy mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and of course turkey. All of this amazing food also creates a lot of waste. Much of this waste is not created through cooking, but through our […]


Seattle’s least favorite holiday dish is …

Seattle has spoken! In a new Seattle Public Utilities poll, the dish Seattle residents deemed mostly likely to end up in the compost cart this holiday season is … Giblets! There are a number of recipes (deeply repugnant to at least 20 percent of Seattleites, according to our unscientific poll) that use giblets — which […]


No Solid Waste Collections for Thanksgiving Day

South Recycling and Disposal Station closed Thursday, November 27 No garbage, food and yard waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, November 27. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by […]