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Compost Your Tree for Free

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) invites Seattle residents to compost their Christmas trees and other holiday greens for free through January 31, 2019. Residents should place trees or bundled greens next to their food and yard waste cart on their collection day. Apartment residents may place two trees next to each food and yard waste cart […]


No Solid Waste Collection on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, no garbage, recycling, or food and yard waste will be collected in Seattle on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1. Collections scheduled for Tuesday will occur on Wednesday, and collection for the rest of the week will be delayed by one day. Customers should put their […]


Recycle Your Holidays

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, U.S. household waste increases by 25 percent—that’s about 1 million tons per week! You can do your part to cut down on the amount of holiday waste that ends up in the landfill by following these holiday recycling tips: Batteries: All types of batteries are accepted at the recycling […]


No Solid Waste Collection on Thanksgiving Day

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, no garbage, recycling, or food and yard waste will be collected in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 22. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday. Customers should be sure to have their containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. Customers can report […]


After Eight Year Hiatus, Chinook Salmon Return to Seattle Public Utilities Restoration Site to Spawn

In late October, for the first time in eight years, SPU staff observed and filmed a pair of Chinook salmon laying eggs (spawning) in a SPU-restored part of Seattle’s Thornton Creek. SPU’s Thornton Creek Confluence project, completed in 2014 for $8 million, provided flood control in the Meadowbrook neighborhood and resilient creek habitat for salmon. […]


Community Advisory Committees Give Voice to Community Values

As a community-centered utility, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) recognizes the vital role community plays in ensuring we deliver our services in efficient, innovative, and equitable ways. SPU’s Community Advisory Committees play a key role in helping shape our work. Committee members are a diverse and dedicated group of volunteers who meet monthly to review and […]


SPU Proposes to Update Drainage and Wastewater Core Taps Charges

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) plans to update its charges for drainage and wastewater core taps on January 1, 2019. The drainage and wastewater core tap and core tap inspection charges were last updated over 14 years ago. SPU has reviewed and adjusted these charges to reflect the actual costs for SPU to provide these services […]


Rake Your Leaves to Prevent Flooding

Rake leaves from drains to prevent flooding and set out for FREE extra yard waste collection during November. Fallen leaves can block storm drains and lead to ponding and localized flooding in your neighborhood. You can help prevent this by raking and composting leaves. Follow these tips leaf-raking tips: • Avoid raked leaves near the […]


Seattle Public Utilities Rescues Goldfish

Two little fish safely relocated after being retrieved from storm drain Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) successfully rescued a pair of goldfish today who have been living in a storm water catch basin near Stevens Elementary on Capitol Hill. SPU first learned of the goldfish from the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, which reported that the fish […]