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Reminder: Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup is delayed by one day this week

February 8th, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that Seattle Public Utilities is one day behind on its regular pickup schedule because of Monday’s snow.

So if your waste was scheduled for pickup today, it will be picked up on Thursday. Thursday customers will have their waste picked up on Friday. And Friday customers should put their waste out by 7 a.m. Saturday for pickup.

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Revised schedule for garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup begins today after Monday’s snow delays

February 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities has resumed pickup of garbage, yard waste and recycling today, but on a revised schedule due to yesterday’s snow.

  • Monday residential customers, north of I-90 will be collected today (Tuesday).
  • Monday residential customers, south of I-90: Due to continued icy conditions, there is no residential garbage, recycling or food/yard waste pickup in these areas again today. Customers should put out materials on their next regularly scheduled pick up day (next Monday), as described below.
  • Tuesday residential customers will be collected tomorrow (Wednesday), weather and road conditions permitting.
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday services will all be delayed one day this week.

For Monday residential customers south of I-90 or other customers not serviced this week due to icy roads, please put containers out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Customers missed this week will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge, on their next scheduled collection day. Please use extra bags or boxes for the additional materials. For service updates, please check http://www.seattle.gov/util. Follow SPU on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SeattleSPU.

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National Weather Service warning of severe storm Thursday through Saturday

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

The National Weather Service says a huge storm is coming our way, left over from a typhoon in the Pacific. It’s expected to start raining tonight, with high winds and flooding rains starting tomorrow through Saturday. The NWS expects it to be “an impressively stormy period.”

So make sure you’re prepared for power outages, with extra batteries for flashlights, canned food, etc.

To report an outage to Puget Sound Energy, call 1-888-225-5773, and check out its Service Alert Map.

To report an outage to Seattle City Light, call 206-684-7400, and see its System Status Map.

Seattle Public Utilities is asking for help keeping storm drains clear of leaves and debris, to prevent street flooding.

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Run tap water for at least 2 minutes, due to concerns about lead

April 21st, 2016 by Doree

Update Sunday: Seattle Public Utilities says two days of extensive water testing shows no lead in the water, so there’s no need to run it for two minutes before drinking.

Earlier: Seattle Public Utilities is urging customers to run tap water for two minutes if it hasn’t been used in at least six hours. The concern comes after high levels of lead were found in the water at four Tacoma homes. While the two water systems are not connected, SPU is advising that water be run for two minutes until it can assess whether its system has a similar problem.

You can read the full story on KING 5. SPU’s Twitter feed says it will have more information on its website and social media accounts soon.

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2 northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue near Fremont closed for emergency sewer repair this weekend and Monday

April 1st, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will make an emergency sewer repair in the 4200 block of northbound Aurora Avenue North on Saturday through Monday. Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday.

One northbound lane will remain open during the repair work. The left and center lanes of northbound Aurora Avenue N between N 42nd Street and N Motor Place will be closed during work hours. Traffic revisions will occur from N 39th Street through N Motor Place. SPU has scheduled most of this work over a weekend to reduce traffic congestion. Commuters can expect traffic and bus delays.

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Traffic lanes reduced on Greenwood Avenue between 84-85th streets this weekend for water work

March 25th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will be working on the water lines on Greenwood Avenue between North 84th and 85th streets this weekend.

That means traffic in each direction will be reduced, parking will be restricted, and bikes will need to merge with traffic on that block.

The west sidewalk (next to the natural gas explosion site) will remain closed, but the east sidewalk will remain open during the work.

A uniformed police officer will be onsite to direct traffic.

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Holiday info for Metro, Seattle Public Utilities

December 22nd, 2015 by Doree

King County Metro Transit will run a Sunday/holiday schedule on Friday, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. It’s also running a reduced weekday and “no UW” schedule this week and next. Be sure and check Metro’s service advisory page for route info.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and food yard waste on Christmas Day, and the South Transfer Station will be closed that day. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday.

If you subscribe to food and yard waste collection, you can put out your Christmas tree and other holiday greens on your regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10. (Multifamily buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees need to be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, and branches trimmed to less than four feet, and bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Full details on holiday composting is here.

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Holiday solid waste service and tips for reducing waste

December 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not collect garbage, recycling or food and yard waste on Friday, Dec. 25, or Jan. 1. Those collections will occur the following day (Saturday).

If you subscribe to food and yard waste collection, you can put out your Christmas tree and other holiday greens on your regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10. (Multifamily buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees need to be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, and branches trimmed to less than four feet, and bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Also, since household waste increases by about 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (adding up to one million extra tons of garbage a week nationwide), SPU has some tips to reduce waste:

1. Buy less food
Buy only what you need, if possible purchase local, in season, fresh items in smaller quantities.
2. Set up an area in your fridge for food that needs to be eaten soon
A designated box or shelf to put leftovers and food that needs to be eaten first is a good way to avoid wasting food.
3. Recycle your spent holiday lights
Do you have a pile of burned-out holiday lights? Are you replacing old holiday lights with energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights? Don’t throw out your holiday lights – recycle them! Holiday light recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them. Check online for locations.
4. Give green gifts
Avoid over-packaged gifts that need batteries or use lots of electricity. Consider crafting a gift or gifting a shared experience, like a visit to a museum or a zoo.
5. Buy well, buy once
Well-designed and constructed products that are repairable will last longer and usually save you money, even if they cost more initially.

And if you’re cleaning out your house now to make room for more stuff incoming, remember that you can even donate clothes that are ripped or stained through the Threadcycle network, which includes the Goodwill on 8th Avenue NW and NW 65th Street.

Here’s what happens to your donations:

  • 45 percent is reused as clothing either in the U.S. or other countries
  • 30 percent is converted into another item, such as a commercial wiping cloth
  • 20 percent is reprocessed into fiber used in new products, such as insulation
  • 5 percent is unable to be recycled, usually because it was wet, moldy, or contaminated with hazardous materials

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Residents advised to manage water use as city activates water shortage response plan

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

Because of historic low river levels and this summer’s heat wave, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated water shortage response plans, with the first phase asking residents to be mindful of their water use.

Seattle’s water supply outlook is fair and, like Everett, supply is projected to be adequate until fall rains typically return. With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues.

Seattle operates a regional water supply system that serves Seattle as well as 25 other cities and water districts in King County.

If conditions worsen, each city may move to the “voluntary” phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

Examples of good water management include:

• Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
• Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
• Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
• Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
• Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
• Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

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