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FAQ: Does SPU do graffiti removal?

Answer: Yes SPU’s Graffiti Rangers remove graffiti from public and, in some persistent cases, private property. Reporting Graffiti: Taking prompt, proactive steps to report and remove graffiti is the best way to prevent it from occurring in your community. The city’s Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner. Use the […]

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FAQ: Can I put invasive plants in my food and yard waste cart?

Answer: Yes (but backyard composters beware!)  It’s ok to put non-native invasive plants (including trimmings, roots and leaves) in your food and yard waste cart. However, backyard compost is a different story. Don’t put weed seed heads, roots, or runners in your backyard compost heap—they’ll just continue to grow! Instead, dry them out in the sun or let […]

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FAQ: Why is my water bill higher than usual?

Answer: You might have a leak. Your water bill is based on the amount of water that is used in your home. Seattle Public Utilities’ inspectors determine your water usage by reading the water meter outside your property. If your water bill is higher than usual, you may have a leak. Some leaks are obvious–that kitchen faucet that won’t […]

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FAQ: How can I help my produce stay fresher longer?

Answer: So many choices! Properly storing your produce can make it last longer, prevent food waste, and save you money. -Store bananas away from other produce (they give off a lot of ethylene gas and make other fruits ripen faster than they would on their own). -Keep apples in the fridge (they keep ripening even after they’re picked, so […]

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FAQ: My garbage wasn’t picked up! How do I report that?

Answer: There are a couple of options House Residents: If you’re near a computer or a smartphone, you can report a missed garbage, food and yard waste, or recycling collection online after 5:00 pm on the day it was missed. You can also call us at (206) 684-3000. Building Owners/Managers: Apartment and condo owners/ managers […]

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FAQ: What should I do with my empty prescription bottles?

Answer: Empty prescription bottles go in the garbage Prescription bottle plastic is too brittle to be recycled, so used bottles should be tossed in the garbage. What about leftover medicine? Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. To prevent misuse and pollution, dispose […]

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Become a Master Composter

Seattle Tilth trains new Master Composter volunteers this spring. The average American throws away over 200 pounds of food every year.[1] When all of this food waste ends up in the landfill, it generates nearly one quarter of annual U.S  methane emissions in the U.S. (methane is a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide). […]

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FAQ: Can I compost my dog’s waste?

Answer: Nope! Due to public health concerns pet waste is not allowed in curbside food and yard waste carts. All pet waste should be tossed in the garbage. Tip: Double bag the poop, and tie tightly to remove air from inside the bag. Removing the excess air prevents the bag from “exploding” near workers, when […]

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FAQ: Do I have to pay for extra recycling?

Answer: Nope! 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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Correction for NY Times drinking water error

A Jan. 6, 2015 New York Times Magazine article, The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, erroneously reported that the manufactured fluro-chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been detected in Seattle’s drinking water supply. PFOAs have been sampled for—and not found—in Seattle’s drinking water. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides pure mountain drinking water to approximately 1.3 […]

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