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Landslide season arrives in Seattle

With more than an inch of rainfall forecast for Seattle over the next two days, the city is expected to cross the official U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) landslide threshold for the first time this year. “Historically, the end of October is the start of landslide season,” said Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist James Rufo-Hill, who […]


The worst Halloween candy in Seattle is …

Compost unwanted candy, put wrappers and gum in garbage Seattle’s culinary candy experts have spoken. The worst Halloween candy is… Wax Lips and Teeth! Wax Lips and Teeth beat chocolate-covered bacon in a Seattle Public Utilities’ online poll. Candy Corn, which was voted the worst Halloween candy in 2011, this year finished in a tie […]


Sandbags Available from Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) offers a limited number of free, filled sandbags during the fall months to households or business owners in flood-prone areas. If you’ve had or almost had flooding, consider using sandbags. Sandbags don’t seal out water, but can help redirect the flow of water and protect property from debris. Sandbags must be […]


Set Clocks Back Nov. 2 — Recycle Batteries & CFLs

Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 2. Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to test your home’s smoke detectors and change out old batteries. As winter approaches, it’s also a great time to replace burned-out light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL light bulbs. Old fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and […]


Compost Food: It’s Easy!

In a recent poll, 3 out of 4 Seattle residents supported a requirement to compost food. The most common reason they compost food? “It’s easy,” they say. When we asked folks how they compost in the kitchen, we heard that everyone has their own way of storing their leftover kitchen scraps and carrying it to […]


Why do we send our garbage to Oregon?

Throughout our city’s history, Seattle has struggled to properly manage its waste. Garbage was burned or dumped in local ravines and Puget Sound. Dumps littered the Interbay, Montlake, Genesee, Haller Lake and South Park neighborhoods. In the 1980s, regional landfills filled up and were placed on the EPA’s Superfund cleanup list, causing the cost to […]


Rain in the forecast. Clear drains and prevent flooding.

With rain in the forecast, flooding can occur on your street. Help clear your local storm drain of leaves and other debris to keep the water flowing. 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 […]


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 […]