SPU Drinking Fountain Map

The Pacific Northwest is expecting record temperatures this weekend across the region. As a reminder, all of Seattle Public Utilities’ 27 drinking water fountains across the city are working, and we recently replaced several drinking water fountains in an effort to expand access to fresh, potable water. Check out the map below to see where… [ Keep reading ]

Important Service Updates Due to Forecasted Extreme Heat

Seattle’s North & South Transfer Stations will close at 2 pm on Sunday (6/27/21) and Monday (6/28/21) to self-haul customers. This is in an effort to protect SPU staff and our customers from heat related illnesses while continuing to wear masks per CDC guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to reduce fire-related risks at… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle, Tacoma, King County Help Launch U.S. Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025, Driving a National Strategy to Address Plastic Waste

The U.S. Plastics Pact Roadmap Outlines Specific Actions and Responsibilities to Realize a Circular Economy for Plastics in America  (JUNE 15, 2021) –100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025 – that’s one of the bold targets Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), King County, City of Tacoma, and other partners are committed to in order to… [ Keep reading ]

Transfer Stations New Hours

Transfer Stations will Open at 10am on the First Wednesday of Each Month Starting July, 2021. Beginning July, 2021, Seattle Public Utilities’ North & South Transfer Stations will implement new hours, opening at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. This change in hours once per month will to… [ Keep reading ]

The Secret to Water-Efficient Landscapes: Build Healthy Soil

As the weather turns warmer and the days get sunnier, you may find yourself, like many of us, spending more and more time working on your landscaping, gardening, and enjoying some time in nature. It’s a great feeling to see your hard work and sweat-equity pay off in the form… [ Keep reading ]

Recycle Right, Not by the Numbers

In Seattle, we ask customers not to use the numbers on packaging to determine if an item is recyclable or not. Here’s why. Have you ever looked at the bottom of a plastic container or packaging and found a small number (usually 1-7) contained in triangle? You wouldn’t be alone… [ Keep reading ]

Storm Drain Stenciling Volunteers Raise Awareness While Reducing Pollution

With many volunteer opportunities put on pause during the health crisis, it can be a challenge to find active and safe ways to stay connected and give back to our communities. One way you can help is through preventing pollution with storm drain stenciling with Seattle Public Utilities.   How does a stencil help? Stenciling storm drains helps to bring awareness to our friends and… [ Keep reading ]

Join the Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Looking for a way to get involved in your community and have a voice in government? Want to help shape Seattle’s recycling, compost, and disposal services and move towards Zero Waste? Then we want YOU as a member of Seattle Public Utilities’ Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)! Apply NOW to join SWAC… [ Keep reading ]

When We Celebrate Earth Day Every Day, We All Win

There are many reasons to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day this year, 2021. For SPU, we see this as a chance to honor the work we do every day to protect, promote, and preserve our natural resources as leaders in our field and innovators in green methods surrounding solid waste, drinking water, and… [ Keep reading ]

Join the Adopt-A-Street Program Today!

Interested in how you can help keep Seattle streets safe and clean? Want to participate in Earth Month by adopting a street in your neighborhood? Well, we have good news for you! The Adopt-A-Street program is now accepting NEW volunteer applications! As part of the Clean City Initiative the Adopt-A-Street program has restarted with modifications… [ Keep reading ]