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Seattle 56, New England 24

Some fans talk trash. Others recycle it. Seattle businesses and residents recycled and composted more than 56 percent of their waste last year. Boston recycled just 24 percent. As the Seattle Seahawks prepare for the Super Bowl this weekend against the New England Patriots, Seattle Public Utilities offers the 12th Man some tips to help make victory […]

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Learn about Rebates for Rain Gardens in West Seattle

Do you know what a rain garden is?  Rain gardens can be thought of as a personal water quality system. A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in your landscape to receive polluted runoff from hard surfaces such as a roof, a sidewalk and a driveway. […]

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Do I have to pay for extra recycling?

No. 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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Do I need to compost food at my work?

Yes. Since January 1 all Seattle businesses have been required to have composting service and are no longer allowed to put food in the garbage. Ask your employer or contact our free Green Business Program at www.seattle.gov/util/greenyourbusiness or 206-343-8505 to get started today!

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Composting 101: What can’t I put in my cart?

Do I need to take the labels off my fruit before composting them? YES. Those cute little stickers on your oranges and apples are made of plastic and don’t break down into compost, so peel them off before putting your apple cores and orange peels in the food and yard waste cart. Other stuff not […]

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Storing Food Scraps

The new composting requirement is here and many of us are still feeling nervous. Throw this away, but recycle that and this may only be composted in this case. There are many questions. Will the storage of food scraps cause an odor? What is not compostable? What can I do to make this easier? There […]

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Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday

Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19. Seattle Public Utilities customers should place their containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, January 19, from […]

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Hey 12th Man! Compost Your Cheese and Win

Send us a picture of you composting your food scraps in your best Seahawks gear. Hey 12th Man, get in the spirit for this weekend’s NFC Championship Game. You could be a winner! 1. Send us a picture of you composting in your best Seahawks gear by Friday, January 16. 2. The first twelve men and […]

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Start the New Year Right. Fix That Leak!

Attend a FREE Auto Leaks Workshop – a $125 value! Get your car inspected by a certified mechanic. Find out if you have any leaks and identify the source of the leaks. A leaky car isn’t reliable, and it’s harmful to the Puget Sound. Learn more at www.seattle.gov/util/AutoLeaks. Choose from these dates at South Seattle College in West Seattle: […]

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Free Tree Composting Ends Sunday Jan. 11

Seattle residents may compost Christmas trees and greens free of charge through January 11, 2015. At the South Transfer Station Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration so they can be turned into compost for local parks and gardens. Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter. The […]

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