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Five New Year’s Resolutions for SPU Customers

It’s that time again! The holidays are over, you’ve rung in the new year, and now it’s time to make your new year’s resolutions. Not sure what goals to choose for 2017? We can help! Here are five easy resolutions that will keep your home, your family, and the environment happy and healthy in the […]

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Cold weather ahead: protect your pipes!

With cold temperatures – and even some snow! – in the forecast, it’s time to make sure you and your home are prepared to weather whatever Mother Nature sends our way. Prep Your Pipes Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes around your home, potentially causing serious property damage and wasting large amounts of water. Follow […]

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Recycle Your Holidays

Between Thanksgiving  and New Year’s Day, U.S. household waste increases by 25 percent—that’s about 1 million tons per week! Want to do your part to cut down on that extra waste? Check out this list of how-to’s for holiday recycling in Seattle:

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Wondering About Wildlife on December 28

Looking for something to do with the kids during winter school break? Join Seattle Public Utilities for a fun-filled day discovering wildlife in the Cedar River Watershed! The Wondering About Wildlife program is a chance to discover what kinds of wildlife live in Seattle’s largest protected watershed through hands-on activities, crafts, presentations, and nature walks. Wondering About Wildlife […]

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Seattle’s new North Transfer Station is now open for business

Located at 1350 N. 34th St., in the Wallingford-Fremont area, the environmentally friendly state-of-the-art $108 million facility will provide superior recycling and reuse capabilities along with safe and efficient handling of the city’s garbage. The new station is expected to serve Seattle’s mounting solid waste demands for at least the next 50 years. The facility […]

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No Garbage, Recycling, Food and Yard Waste Collection on Thanksgiving Day

South Transfer Station closed Thursday, November 24 SEATTLE — Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, no garbage, food and yard waste or recycling will be collected in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 24. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday. Customers should place their containers out by 7 a.m. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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