Have a “Where Does it Go?” Question? Ask Evelyn!

Do you have questions about recycling, garbage, or compost? Ask Evelyn has answers! Each week, Seattle Public Utilities’ solid waste experts Becca Fong and Pat Kaufman host an Instagram Live conversation to talk trash and answer your most pressing “where does it go?” questions. Here are a few of their… [ Keep reading ]

Dead Batteries? Recycle Them with SPU!

It seems like most things run on batteries these days, but once they’ve run out of juice you are left with a considerable pile and variety of batteries. The good news is that most of the materials within these tiny powerhouses can be reclaimed and recycled if disposed of properly. This includes Alkaline or Lithium Ion (AAA/AA/C/D type),… [ Keep reading ]

Local Governments Call for Increased Engagement on Lower Duwamish and East Waterway Superfund Cleanup

King County, the City of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle called for increased community engagement regarding work on the Lower Duwamish and East Waterway Superfund Cleanup in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the letter the three local governments voiced strong support for enhanced public engagement… [ Keep reading ]

Fall 2021 Beyond the Cart Events

We’ll see you at one of our upcoming community reuse & recycling events, Beyond the Cart, taking place this fall. We’ve all spent a lot of time at home these days. With that, you may have noticed that you have items you no longer need and are also hard to… [ Keep reading ]

So Much to Celebrate When It Comes to Puget Sound

Across Puget Sound, cities and counties are coming together this September to celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month. Puget Sound is our economic powerhouse, provides endless recreational opportunities, and is home to incredible, iconic and irreplaceable animals. It’s also in trouble.   We say “Puget Sound Starts Here” because every single… [ Keep reading ]

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to help beautify and improve your neighborhood? Seattle Public Utilities has all the tools you need to participate with our flexible volunteer opportunities. Through the Adopt-A-Street and Adopt-A-Drain programs, along with Storm Drain Stenciling, you can have a positive impact on the environment in your… [ Keep reading ]

Update: SPU investigating odor in Georgetown

On September 7 and 8, Seattle Public Utilities’ Spill Response team investigated a strong chemical odor coming from the sewer system in the Georgetown area. They located the odor’s source in the area of Corgiat Dr. S and S Graham Street, and worked with partners from other agencies to notify… [ Keep reading ]

SPU Awards $50,000 to Support Food Rescue Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired communities across our city to develop and implement solutions to urgent problems confronting Seattle’s neighbors. One of the most urgent problems is food insecurity. In 2019, Feeding America estimated that over 250,000 people in King County didn’t have enough food to lead healthy lives. Since… [ Keep reading ]

Why Seattle’s Drinking Water is Better Than Bottled

Why buy bottled when you can pour yourself a glass of some of the best water in the nation just by turning on the tap? Here are five of our favorite reasons why Seattle’s drinking water is better than bottled: It’s Protected and SafeSeattle’s watersheds are City-owned and protected. They’re… [ Keep reading ]

SPU’s Community Donation Fund: Helping Neighbors in Need

While state and local restrictions have lifted and many people are returning to life the way it was before the pandemic, the financial impacts of COVID-19 are still making it hard for many of our neighbors to pay their bills. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is committed to ensuring that essential… [ Keep reading ]