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Recycling Rate Climbs

Businesses reach highest ever rate at 61.4 %; single households continue above 70% Seattle has done it again. For the eighth straight year, the city’s residents and businesses have recycled more than the year before. In 2011, Seattle’s overall recycling rate reached an all-time high of 55.4 percent, bringing Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Normal Collections on July 4

North Transfer Station Closed Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4. Seattle Public Utilities  customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 am to ensure collection. The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station… [ Keep reading ]

Free Reusable Bags July 1

Shoppers will have a chance to pick up a free reusable bag on July 1 – the day Seattle’s plastic bag ban takes effect. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is partnering with Safeway to provide free reusable bags to customers at every Seattle Safeway on July 1.  SPU has donated 16,000 bags… [ Keep reading ]

June 28: Battery Recycling Day

Designed to educate consumers and communities on the importance and ease of battery recycling, Call2Recyclehas designated Thursday, June 28, as rechargeable battery recycling day in Seattle.  Area residents and organizations are encouraged to scour their attics, junk drawers, and desks, and bring their rechargeable batteries to the Seattle Center International… [ Keep reading ]

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter

Discover the work of Seattle Public Utilities employees in this 40-minute performance that uncovers the world of urban rainfall and the people who live, work and play in it.  The one-man show is written and performed by Stokley Towles.  Watch the video here.

$100,000 Neighborhood Recycling Rewards

Seattle Public Utilities, CleanScapes and Waste Management are offering $100,000 in prizes to help residents reduce waste and recycle more in their neighborhoods. Recent winners include communities in the Roosevelt, Ravenna-Bryant, Wedgewood and Rainier Valley neighborhoods. Visit to learn how you can earn some green for community improvement projects… [ Keep reading ]

Paint Out Graffiti in Your Neighborhood

Summer Paint Out Runs July – August  Summer is here and Seattleites are gearing up to take part in the anti-graffiti program – Summer Paint Out. Summer Paint Out, in its second year, runs from July through August. Whether you are a group or an individual, you can tackle graffiti… [ Keep reading ]

Twelve Days to Bag Ban

City working to ensure smooth transition away from throwaway plastic carryout bags. With Seattle’s new ban on plastic shopping bags just 12 days away, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has mailed out more than 10,000 notices and made some 500 phone calls and in-person visits to local retailers, to make sure… [ Keep reading ]

Free Toilets for Homeowners

Don’t get stuck with a high bill from a leaky toilet! Qualified customers in Seattle can get up to two free water-efficient toilets and have them installed by a licensed plumber for free if they meet our income guidelines. Toilets are the main source of water use in the home,… [ Keep reading ]

Rain Gardens, Runoff, Healthy Waters and You!

Polluted runoff is one of Puget Sound’s biggest environmental threats. Find out how you can protect it in a hands-on public event hosted by Green Acre Radio. Every year rain water carries pollutants – including oil from vehicles, toxic chemicals from everyday living and pesticides from lawns and gardens –… [ Keep reading ]