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 ]

Winner Announced in Tunnel Boring Machine Naming Contest

More than 35,000 votes cast to name TBM That Will Build Storage Tunnel to Reduce Water Pollution SEATTLE (April 12, 2021) — We have a winner and it is a name with deep ties to Seattle! Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) today announced the tunnel boring machine (TBM) used to build… [ Keep reading ]

Tackling Takeout During Seattle’s Restaurant Week

Seattle’s Restaurant Week is back and will be running the entire month of April, 2021. If you’re planning on participating by ordering from one of your local favorites or trying a new cuisine and find yourself acquiring takeout containers, leftovers, and confusing carryout biproducts (how many soy sauce packets do… [ Keep reading ]

Take the Forest to Faucet Challenge

You Are Part of the Water Cycle You know the saying, “What goes around, comes around?” While perhaps that phrase refers to karma, it really rings true with water! Perhaps the most commonplace thing we use every day, water has been coming and going for millennia, sustaining life on planet… [ Keep reading ]

Funding Available to Support Community-Driven Mutual Aid Efforts

In response to COVID-19, Seattle Public Utilities is providing a one-time funding opportunity to support mutual aid efforts that make hygiene resources more accessible to the public, reduce illegal dumping and litter, and avoid the wasting of food and other materials. A total of $150,000 is available in funding. We expect to… [ Keep reading ]

Improving How You Manage Your Utility Accounts Online

Moving and need to start or stop your utility service? Curious how much water or electricity you’re using? Want to schedule a pickup for an old couch or mattress? You can do all these things and more on the City of Seattle’s new and improved Utility Services Website. We’re continuously… [ Keep reading ]