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Reducing the Stress: Tips on Recycling Correctly

As we all may know recycling can be a pain. But don’t get stressed. Here are some tips to help ease the pain accompanied with recycling.  Tip 1:  All food pans and aluminum foil can be recycled, but they must be rinsed out beforehand. Compostable food ware cannot be recycled, but plain non-shiny plates and […]


Keep the Chill Out! Prepare Your Pipes for Winter

Each winter, homes are damaged due to water pipes that freeze and burst. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help save yourself from the mess, money and headaches of burst frozen pipes Before the Cold Hits Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces, basement and attic. Exposed pipes are more susceptible to freezing. The more […]


Holiday Cooking Horror: Avoid Sewer Backups

Don’t ruin your holidays with a sewer backup into your home. Remember that Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) from food preparation can wreck the holiday spirit by clogging up your home’s side sewer. Always dispose of them in the trash rather than down the drain. See how you can practice good pipe protocol. Watch our A Side Sewer Saga video. […]


Most “flushable” products are no such thing

Flushing anything but toilet paper can cause massive sewage clogs—at your expense Don’t believe those ads promoting so-called “flushable” products that can supposedly be safely disposed of in your toilet. For the most part, the claims are a bunch of malarkey. Just ask Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Pump Station No. 9. Sitting on the shore […]


Prevent Flooding in Your Neighborhood – Adopt Your Drain

Don’t let fall rainstorms flood your street. Help clear your local storm drain of leaves and other debris by adopting your local storm drain. Every autumn Seattle Public Utilities faces a big job keeping storm drains clear – there are over 80,000 of them around the city! Remember to clear your drain only if it […]


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 […]