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Greener Holidays – Celebrate the Season in Sustainable Style

Happy holidays from Seattle Public Utilities! While this time of the year is full of generosity and gratitude, there is also a lot of unnecessary waste. Did you know that on average, people in the U.S. produce 25% more waste during this time of year? Between presents, packaging, and those… [ Keep reading ]

Sneak Peek: SPU’s 2024 Legislative Agenda

With Washington State’s 2024 Legislative Session fast approaching, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is gearing up to advocate for funding and legislation that supports affordability, protects the environment by reducing waste and pollution, and increases community resiliency. Beginning on January 8, 2024, the legislature will convene for 60 days to pass… [ Keep reading ]

Reducing Product Waste with Right to Repair

Have you ever had a small part on your phone, computer, or vacuum break, and it turns out that buying a new one is cheaper than trying to fix it? Or maybe you were told the part needed to fix the computer doesn’t exist anymore. Repair is a critical part… [ Keep reading ]

Help Seattle Become a Waste-Free City!

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) invites people who live in Seattle to take our Waste Prevention Survey for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. The survey is one of many ways we are gathering input from the community to shape our new Waste Prevention Plan. Sharing your perspectives… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrate Plastic Free July with SPU Solid Waste!

This summer, Seattle Public Utilities Solid Waste Division and our partners are taking part in an international campaign called Plastic Free July. You might be asking yourself, what is Plastic Free July (PFJ) and how do I get involved? PFJ is an annual and ongoing global movement to encourage everyone… [ Keep reading ]

A ‘Circular Economy’ to Fight Climate Change

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) joined about 1,500 leaders this week at Circularity 23, a national convening held this year in Seattle to spotlight and add greater momentum to waste reduction strategies to address climate change and pollution. The convening – which attracted top City of Seattle and Washington state government… Filed Under: News, Protecting Our Environment

Seattle is a leader in municipal composting, but here’s what we have to do to get it right  

Composting is serious business in Seattle, and collectively we do as good or a better job at it than any other city in the United States. While we can all take pride in that, we have a lot more work to do to reach the climate and zero waste goals… Filed Under: Garbage, Recycling, & Compost, Protecting Our Environment

Seattle Race to Zero Waste Contest

The Seattle Race to ‘Zero Waste’ Contest is an invitation for all Seattleites to become a part of the waste solution! No one likes waste! Together we can find new ways to reduce what we buy and consume, reuse what we can, and share and repair in easy ways. Let’s… [ Keep reading ]

Earth Day is every day for the Natural Resources Team 

Every day is “Earth Day” for the scientists and environmental professionals who spend their days working on a variety of projects throughout the Cedar River and South Fork Tolt River Municipal Watersheds. Their goal is to protect water quality and enhance forested and aquatic habitats – one of many investments… Filed Under: Protecting Our Environment

Restoring the Cedar River for People and Fish  

Thirty-five miles east of Seattle, deep in the Cascade Mountains, the Cedar River flows through the region’s protected watershed—the primary source of drinking water for 1.5 million people in the greater Seattle area. Downstream of the Cedar River Watershed, the Cedar River continues flowing and serving another critical purpose; the… Filed Under: News, Protecting Our Environment