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Update: South Park Flooding – How to Get Help

On December 27, 2022, the Duwamish River overtopped its banks and flooded a South Park neighborhood which damaged local homes and businesses. The flooding was caused by a combination of factors including higher-than-average tides, low atmospheric pressure, heavy rain runoff, and melting snow. This area has faced prior flooding, as… [ Keep reading ]

Update: Our South Park Response Work

On the mornings of December 27 and 28, the tidally influenced Duwamish River overtopped its banks and flooded numerous homes and businesses in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, a low-lying community which has experienced moderate flooding and sewer backups in the past. This week’s extreme king tide, combined with days of… [ Keep reading ]

SPU’s Statement on Today’s Flooding in South Park  

During a King Tide this morning, the tidally influenced Duwamish River overtopped its banks and flooded numerous homes and businesses in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Seattle Public Utilities crews and staff are in South Park to respond to the event and support impacted residents. At this time, the City is… [ Keep reading ]

Due to Winter Weather, Residential Collection in Seattle is delayed by one day this week: 12/20/22 – 12/24/22 UPDATES BELOW:

Due to winter weather conditions, there will be delayed residential garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste pickup in Seattle for customers in Seattle today, Tuesday, Dec. 20 through the rest of the week. SPU’s Household Hazardous Waste sites and transfer stations are closed to customers today, Tuesday Dec. 20 and will attempt to reopen tomorrow, weather permitting. 

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 ]