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What to do with fats, oils, and grease

The holidays are upon us—that means cooking, baking, and big holiday meals. It can also mean clogged sewer lines and sewage overflows. Fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) resulting from food preparation can build up in sewer pipes. Over time this buildup can cause blockages and backups. (Want an extreme example of a blockage? Check out the […]


America Recycles Day

Tuesday, Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day—a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling. To celebrate America Recycles Day, Seattle Public Utilities, along with Cedar Grove, ECOSS, Recology Cleanscapes, Seattle Tilth, and Waste Management, is hosting outreach booths at seven grocery stores across the city. This is a great opportunity to  get your recycling and composting questions […]


Ballard natural drainage: systems of nature, networks of people

Guest post by Seattle Public Utilities’ Protect Our Waters team. The Ballard area contributes about one-third of Seattle’s total combined sewer overflows (CSOs). CSOs occur in this area because the storm and sewer system is combined. During heavy rains the volume of stormwater runoff overwhelms this combined system, causing an overflow into local waterbodies. The […]


Top Tips for Preventing Food Waste

How much food do you throw out? The average American throws away over 200 pounds of food every year.[1] That adds up to over $40 billion worth of household food waste annually. But money isn’t the only thing we’re wasting when we toss out a mushy apple or last night’s spaghetti. We’re also throwing out […]


Are your trees prepared for winter?

Guest post by Seattle Public Utilities’ reLeaf team. Trees are incredibly important for our city. They clean the air and water, shade our streets in the summer, and make our neighborhoods friendlier. In return, trees sometimes need a little help from people to stay strong and healthy, especially during a windstorm. The October 15 storm […]


South Transfer Station closed October 28 due to garbage fire

Cause of fire unknown; old South Park station accepting self-haul customers today Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) South Transfer Station is closed today, while firefighters and utility workers deal with the aftermath of a fire on the station’s tipping floor. The fire at the three-year-old station, in South Park, started around 12:45 this morning. The cause […]


Prevent local flooding: keep storm drains clear

The first day of fall was September 22nd, and Seattle wrapped up the ninth month of the year with sunny skies. Now that we’re in the middle of October, however, the more turbulent side of fall has made its debut. Cue the rain and wind!     This time of year, storm drains can easily […]


RainWise: 1,000 and counting

What’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of Seattle? If you said, “rain” you’re not alone. But how about “RainWise”? This summer, RainWise, a program partnership between Seattle Public Utilities and King County, celebrated a milestone: 1,000 RainWise participants! You can learn more about RainWise below, but first, a […]


News Release: Big rain and wind coming tonight—get ready for it now

  With as much as four inches of rain and sustained winds of 25–35 miles per hour expected through the weekend, Seattle Public Utilities is urging residents to maintain local street drains, to make sure they are free of leaves and debris. During big autumn storms, street drains can easily become overwhelmed with leaves and the […]


Food Waste Prevention: Composting

Food waste is a significant problem. Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The good news is that we can implement changes that can make a big difference. During the month of September, the At Your Service blog will […]

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