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Peak Water Rates

Summer is on its way! That means warmer, drier days around the Puget Sound area – a great time to practice using water wisely. Here are a few of our favorite tips for smart outdoor water use during the summer months: Brown is the new green Let your lawn go dormant! Most lawns only need […]

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Community Recycling & Compost Events: Spring 2019

Community Recycling & Reuse Events Do you have appliances, household goods, clothes, or electronics taking up space in your home? Drop them off for free at a Community Recycling and Reuse event! Items in good condition will be donated for reuse and others will be recycled. Upcoming events listed below: Saturday, May 49am-1pmGiddens School620 20th […]

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Bin Changes for Residential Solid Waste Customers

You may have noticed some recent changes to your curbside garbage collection bins. Our contacted haulers, Waste Management & Recology are replacing 20-gallon trash bins with wheeled carts with an insert. The new wheeled carts are easier for you to move to the curb as well as safer for our haulers to load. Carrying heavy […]

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Tunneling Our Way to Cleaner Waters

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is committed to protecting public health and the environment and enhancing our natural resources. As part of our strategy to protect our local waterways, SPU and King County have begun construction on a 2.7-mile long tunnel, running from Ballard to Wallingford. How will a tunnel protect our local waters? The answer […]

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Spring Clean 2019

It’s time for Spring Clean, Seattle’s annual community cleanup program supported by Seattle Public Utilities. Spring Clean, now in its 33rd year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to keep Seattle clean and vibrant. Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent […]

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SPU’s ‘Paws-On’ Approach to Pollution Prevention

Sampson, a smart, loyal, Labrador Retriever, is more than just a Very Good Boy. He’s a highly-skilled member of Seattle Public Utilities’ Source Control and Pollution Prevention team, which protects our local water bodies by monitoring pollutants, like PCBs, in our storm drain system. PCBs, banned by the EPA in 1979 as a hazard to […]

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Solid Waste Billing Change

We hear you: utility bills can be confusing! That’s why, beginning in April 2019, you will no longer be billed in advance for garbage and food/yard waste collection. Instead, you’ll be only charged for service that has already occurred. Check out the Q&A below for more information: Q: What’s happening? A: Until now, SPU has […]

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No Solid Waste Pickup Feb. 5

Due to continued icy road conditions, there will be no residential garbage, recycling or food/yard waste pickup in Seattle today, February 5. Contractors will attempt to serve priority commercial locations this afternoon. Weather and road conditions permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume Wednesday, on a revised schedule, with customers scheduled for pickup […]

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Due to snow, no residential garbage pickup Feb. 4

Due to icy road conditions, there will be no residential garbage, recycling or food/yard waste pickup in Seattle today, February 4. SPU’s North and South transfer stations will open at 10 a.m. today. Weather and road conditions permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume Tuesday, on a revised schedule — with customers scheduled […]

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Protect Your Water Pipes During Freezing Weather

It’s cold out there! As temperatures plunge this evening to the low 20s, remember to protect your water pipes to keep them from freezing. Protect indoor sink pipes that are against exterior walls by opening under-sink cabinet doors to allow indoor heat to circulate. During severe cold temperatures, allow one indoor faucet to slowly drip cold […]

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