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Jan 14, 2020 – Winter Weather Impacting Solid Waste Residential Customers

UPDATE: Due to icy roads, most Tuesday residential customers in Central and NE Seattle will also experience delayed collections in addition to customers in NW and SW Seattle. Most customers in Queen Anne, Magnolia, Maple Leaf and Wedgewood areas are impacted, with approximately 20% of customers in those areas served. If your garbage, recycling and […]


Jan 13, 2020 – Solid Waste Collection continuing as normal

Residential garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste pickups are continuing as normal today, January 13, 2020. Snow and ice on the road may have some impact in specific areas. SPU’s North and South transfer stations are operating as normal. Check back here for more updates and follow us on Twitter @SeattleSPU. If your materials are not picked […]


What to Do In Case of Interrupted Collection Services Due to Weather

Garbage, recycling and yard/food waste collection is dependent on road and weather conditions for our drivers and public safety. With winter weather in the forecast for the upcoming week, we may experience some delays in service due to icy roads and other hazardous conditions. Rest assured that Seattle Public Utilities is watching the forecast closely. […]


Tips for Weatherproofing Pipes for Winter Storms

Winter is coming… and you may not be too shocked by that fact as it tends to happen ever year. But for those of you who are looking for some tips on how to best prepare for the possibility of another winter storm, hopefully not to the extent that Seattle experienced in February, 2019, here […]


New Year, New Resolution: Keep Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap Out of Recycling

As of January 1, 2020, plastic bags and plastic wrap will no longer be accepted in curbside recycling bins. For more information, check out the Q&A below for details: Q: Why are plastic bags and plastic wrap not allowed in the recycling bin? A: Plastic bags and plastic wrap are the most problematic materials for […]


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 […]