Hygiene Trailers Hit 40,000 Mark

40,000-That’s how many showers have been taken at the hygiene (shower) trailers Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) deployed in late May 2020, soon after the pandemic began.   For perspective-a packed house watching the Mariners at T-Mobile park is about 40,000 so that’s a lot of showers!    Chris, an employee of nonprofit Uplift Northwest who helps keep the showers clean and ensures guests have what they need… [ Keep reading ]

Fallen Leaves Can Lead to Flooded Streets

Fall is here and with it brings all the things we love about the change of seasons including the return of the pumpkin spice latte (yes please!), crisp autumn hikes, spooky pumpkin carving, and enjoying the changing colorful landscape of the pacific northwest as the leaves provide a beautiful show… [ Keep reading ]

Puget Sound Cities Launch Adopt-A-Drain

The community-based program will help keep street drains clear of leaves and debris to prevent local neighborhood flooding. Wet weather has arrived, and Seattle and six other Puget Sound Cities are joining forces to encourage their residents to adopt a local storm drain. Drain adopters can sign up to keep… [ Keep reading ]

Have a “Where Does it Go?” Question? Ask Evelyn!

Do you have questions about recycling, garbage, or compost? Ask Evelyn has answers! Each week, Seattle Public Utilities’ solid waste experts Becca Fong and Pat Kaufman host an Instagram Live conversation to talk trash and answer your most pressing “where does it go?” questions. Here are a few of their… [ Keep reading ]

Dead Batteries? Recycle Them with SPU!

It seems like most things run on batteries these days, but once they’ve run out of juice you are left with a considerable pile and variety of batteries. The good news is that most of the materials within these tiny powerhouses can be reclaimed and recycled if disposed of properly. This includes Alkaline or Lithium Ion (AAA/AA/C/D type),… [ Keep reading ]

Local Governments Call for Increased Engagement on Lower Duwamish and East Waterway Superfund Cleanup

King County, the City of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle called for increased community engagement regarding work on the Lower Duwamish and East Waterway Superfund Cleanup in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the letter the three local governments voiced strong support for enhanced public engagement… [ Keep reading ]

Fall 2021 Beyond the Cart Events

We’ll see you at one of our upcoming community reuse & recycling events, Beyond the Cart, taking place this fall. We’ve all spent a lot of time at home these days. With that, you may have noticed that you have items you no longer need and are also hard to… [ Keep reading ]

So Much to Celebrate When It Comes to Puget Sound

Across Puget Sound, cities and counties are coming together this September to celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month. Puget Sound is our economic powerhouse, provides endless recreational opportunities, and is home to incredible, iconic and irreplaceable animals. It’s also in trouble.   We say “Puget Sound Starts Here” because every single… [ Keep reading ]

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to help beautify and improve your neighborhood? Seattle Public Utilities has all the tools you need to participate with our flexible volunteer opportunities. Through the Adopt-A-Street and Adopt-A-Drain programs, along with Storm Drain Stenciling, you can have a positive impact on the environment in your… [ Keep reading ]

Update: SPU investigating odor in Georgetown

On September 7 and 8, Seattle Public Utilities’ Spill Response team investigated a strong chemical odor coming from the sewer system in the Georgetown area. They located the odor’s source in the area of Corgiat Dr. S and S Graham Street, and worked with partners from other agencies to notify… [ Keep reading ]