Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, Acting Director

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Seattle continues to strengthen its recycling programs and reduce waste. Learn more about how you can help.

Reduce

Avoid waste, save money, and protect our planet:

  • Food waste prevention tips. It's not only good for the environment, but it can also save you money!
  • Reduce paper waste by stopping unwanted junk mail and phone books.
  • Print double-sided and learn other ways to save paper.
  • Bring your own reusable bags, containers, and coffee mug when you shop.
  • Rent equipment or share items via lending libraries.

Reuse

Reusing products cuts your disposal costs and supports a significant local economy.

  • Sell items you no longer want and find bargains at consignment shops, garage sales, thrift stores, online exchanges and auctions like eBay and Craig’s List.
  • Buy salvaged building materials and architectural pieces.
  • Rather than buy new hazardous products like bleach or car polish, get products that other King County residents have brought to the South Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Availability of free products varies, but may include: oil-based paint, household cleansers, wood care products, antifreeze and other automotive products. You will need to sign a release form before receiving any materials.
  • Many organizations can use or recycle items you no longer want. Old towels, blankets, or sheets can now be taken to local organizations and turned into new products such as carpet padding, insulation, and wiping rags.

Recycle

From old clothes to new products:

  • Do you toss damaged clothes, shoes and household linens into the trash because you think they can’t be donated? We’ve got great news: items that aren’t reusable can be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more.
  • Nearly every large collector in our area sorts materials into several categories – some for resale and some for recycling into new products.