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14,000 Seattle homes just became eligible for big rebates

Rainwise Program rebates average $4,500 for approved rain gardens or cisterns Fourteen thousand homes in north Seattle just became eligible for big rebates—average rebate $4,500—under the popular RainWise Program. A joint effort by Seattle and King County to fight water pollution, the RainWise Program offers rebates to cover up to 100 percent of the cost […]


Though Snowpack Low, Seattle’s Water Supply Good

Though this year’s snowpack is significantly below average, Seattle’s current water supply outlook remains good. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has been storing additional rainfall in our reservoirs and making operational adjustments to compensate for the lower-than-normal snowpack. What is SPU doing to manage and ensure water supply?   • Holding more water: Water levels in […]


Think Spring – In the Garden

Act now for a beautiful yard that is easy on you and the environment: • Mulch your garden beds after spring weeding to limit weeds and prepare for the warmer weather ahead. • Plant new plants through mid-May; otherwise wait until fall. Use the ‘right plant in the right place’ for plants that thrive in your yard’s conditions with less maintenance. • […]


Watch: Why Seattle’s food waste doesn’t belong in the dump

An inside look at the huge amounts of food waste that are thrown in the trash The City of Seattle now requires that residents deposit food waste and other compostable items into their food and yard waste carts—but why? A new video – What a waste! Seattle’s food waste doesn’t belong in dump – looks […]


Spring Clean Your Neighborhood – Starts April 1

It’s time for Spring Clean, Seattle’s premier community cleanup event. Seattle Public Utilities invites you and your neighbors to participate April 1 – May 31. Help pick up litter, stencil storm drains, or paint out graffiti. All Spring Clean projects are on public property. Volunteers receive free litter cleanup bags, gloves, safety vests, and waste disposal […]


Test Your Knowledge of Disposal

It has been 2 months since the composting requirement has gone into effect and many are still struggling with the change. What’s recycle versus what’s compost? How about what just goes into the garbage? To further help with the transition let’s test your knowledge of the guidelines. 1. Raw Meat Trays          […]


Calling All Tree Lovers!

Seattle reLeaf is accepting applications for new Tree Ambassadors! Tree Ambassadors are volunteers who help nurture Seattle’s trees with the goal of caring for and growing the urban forest. Interested volunteers can choose from two options: Tree Walks: Tree Walks are fun, positive community events that engage neighbors with the trees surrounding them. Tree Ambassadors develop […]


Sadly Torn, Badly Worn or Even Stained

You can give ALL your clothes, shoes and linens for reuse or recycling as long as they are not wet, mildewed, or soiled with hazardous materials. Damaged clothes and linens aren’t trash – they can have a second life as new products such as wiping rags; padding for carpet, mattresses and upholstery; and insulation material for automobiles and […]


South Park Tree Walk this Saturday

Join Seattle reLeaf’s Tree Ambassadors for a leisurely one-mile tour of some of South Park’s interesting and beautiful trees. Participants will learn about the importance of choosing the right tree for the right place. Spanish interpretation will be available. When: Saturday, February 21, 10 am – noon Where: Meet in front of the South Park […]


Compost Food: It’s Not Garbage Anymore!

Seattle no longer allows food and compostable paper, including paper napkins and paper towels, in the garbage. Already more than 300,000 single-family, multi-family and commercial establishments participate in Seattle’s food and yard waste program – diverting nearly 400,000 tons of food from the landfill through curbside food collection since 2005. We can do better! Seattle […]