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Recycling shouldn’t be all on you: We need companies to take responsibility

The holiday season is upon us, and you may be feeling flooded with boxes, bags, and other packaging associated with holiday shopping. Knowing how to correctly recycle these materials can feel like a personal responsibility — but have you ever considered the role of companies that make packaged goods in… Filed Under: News

Ship Canal Water Quality Project: Year-End Update  

In the closing weeks of 2022, we want to highlight some Ship Canal Water Quality Project milestones, successes and challenges from recent years and begin to look at how they may impact the overall project. While we are still a few years away from completion, it is exciting to see… [ Keep reading ]

A Look Back at SPU’s 25 Years of Delivering Essential Services 24/7/365

Much of the work at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) goes back decades—as far back as the late 1800s—yet as one utility, it is this year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. So how did it come to be? Prior to 1997, much of what is now SPU existed beneath the… [ Keep reading ]

2022 Winter Holiday Collection Schedule for Residential Solid Waste Customers

With the holiday season just around the corner, we wanted to share an important reminder to customers about our services. Garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste will not be collected on the following upcoming holidays : Thanksgiving (11/24/2022) On those days, and for the remainder of the week, service will be delayed… [ Keep reading ]

This America Recycles Day: Keep Recycling Right – And Look to Reduce and Reuse More

A recent report by Greenpeace questioned whether plastics recycling is really worth it after their research revealed limited plastic waste was recycled last year. The coverage of this report prompted Seattle customers to reach out to Seattle Public Utilities asking if plastics in Seattle are being recycled at all. This… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrate America Recycles Day with SPU at Grocery Stores to #RecycleRight!

Join us on America Recycles Day, Tuesday, November 15th, at the following locations to learn more about recycling in Seattle and pick up FREE resources and materials to help you Recycle Right! Also be sure to follow us on Instagram (TAG) to test your knowledge as a Super Recycler! You… [ Keep reading ]

Shape Our Water receives Water Environment Federation Award 

Seattle is working together, as a community, to envision the next 50-years of equitable and environmentally sound drainage and sewer investments, and the Water Environment Federation, a national organization of water quality professionals, has noticed. We are proud that our Shape Our Water Community Vision was awarded a 2022 Water… [ Keep reading ]

Updates from Reuse Seattle & r.Cup

Concertgoers at several venues in Seattle now have the opportunity to cut down on plastic pollution when they choose to have their beverage cup washed and reused rather than recycled or thrown away. The central idea behind this effort is to help cut down on single-use plastics which harm the… [ Keep reading ]

Make the Cedar River Watershed your Home Office – Apply to Join our Watershed Protection Team

Check out this beautiful place. Now, imagine if this was your home office four days per week from sunrise to sunset. This is the Cedar River Watershed – just 35 miles east of Seattle – and if you have dreams of spending hours in a nature-filled environment while getting paid… [ Keep reading ]

Affordability Programs Available

Are you behind on your utility bill? Help is available! Información en español | Impormasyon sa Tagalog | 中文資訊 | Thông tin bằng tiếng Việt | 한국어 정보 | Macluumaad Af-Soomaali ah | መረጃ በአማርኛ Residents and businesses throughout Seattle are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19… [ Keep reading ]