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Compost Your Tree for Free

Good news, Seattle residents – you can compost your Christmas trees and other holiday greens for free through January 31, 2020! Just place trees or bundled greens next to your food and yard waste cart on your regular collection day. (Apartment residents may place two trees next to each food and yard waste cart on […]


Recycle Your Holidays

Now that Christmas has passed, we bet you’re looking around at wrapping paper, bows, bubble wrap, and even your Christmas tree thinking, “Wait a minute, what do I do with all of this stuff?” We’ve got you covered. Find out how to recycle or reuse common holiday items below.     Batteries: All types of […]


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 Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. Collections scheduled for Wednesday will occur on Thursday, and collections for the rest of the week will be delayed by one day. Customers should put their […]


Seattle Public Utilities Encourages Waste Prevention Projects with Matching Grants

Recycling and composting are great, but not creating waste in the first place is even better! When we prevent waste, we help the environment, protect public health, build community and save money. That’s why Seattle Public Utilities is pleased to award grants totaling $100,000 to community groups that create or expand waste prevention projects. Seattle […]


Applications for SPU’s Waste-Free Community Matching Grants are now open!

Seattle Public Utilities is excited to announce that applications for our Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant are now open! Awards up to $20,000 are available and applications are due by Feb. 21, 2020. Waste prevention means creating less waste so fewer materials go into the recycling, composting, and landfill. We can prevent waste by buying and […]


How SPU Prepares for Storm Season (and what you can do to help)

Storm season in Seattle can bring challenges like flooding, frozen pipes, and icy roads. We work hard to prepare for these challenges before winter storms hit, so that when they do, the impacts to you and your community are minimal. Here are just a few of the ways we prepare for winter weather, and a […]


Holiday Garbage, Recycle, and Food/Yard Waste Collection Schedule

Garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste are not collected on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day. On those days, and for the remainder of the week, service will be delayed one day. For example, if your regular collection day is Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving), you should place your bins out on Friday, November 29. If your […]


This Holiday Season, Keep Oil and Grease out of Your Pipes

If one of your first thoughts when the holidays arrive is, “Time to eat!” you’re not alone. Many of our holiday celebrations are centered around big meals with family and friends. That means a lot of cooking and baking—gravy, buttery rolls, creamy frostings, deep fried turkeys, and so many other delicious treats. Unfortunately, all this […]


Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap No Longer Allowed in the Recycling

Beginning January 1, 2020, plastic bags and plastic wrap will no longer be accepted in curbside recycling bins. Check out the Q&A below for details: Q: Why are plastic bags and plastic wrap no longer allowed in the recycling bin? A: Plastic bags and plastic wrap are the most problematic materials for recycling processors. When […]


Sewer Overflow Reaches Duwamish, people advised to avoid water activities

UPDATE, September 22, 2019, 7:30am: Public Health Seattle-King County has reopened the Duwamish to water activities like fishing after test results confirmed acceptable levels. September 20, 2019 (Seattle)- Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has responded to a sewer overflow that reached the Duwamish River. SPU and Public Health-Seattle & King County (Public Health) are warning the […]