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CityStream: Really? Recycling

Nowadays it's completely common to see the trash can next to recycling and compost cans, especially in Seattle. We're very aware here about what goes into our garbage and what doesn't. But no matter how savvy a recycler you are, do you ever find yourself wondering, does this "really" go in the recycle bin? Really? Angela King has the answers.

How do I get rid of this?

Look up how to recycle, compost, or throw out something.

Move, Open or Close Your Utility Account

Make changes to your utility account or open a new account.

How do I get rid of this?

Look up how to recycle, compost, or throw out something.

Move, Open or Close Your Utility Account

Make changes to your utility account or open a new account.
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Add, Change, Replace Can Sizes

Change your garbage can, recycling cart or food & yard waste cart size

Apply for a City Light Internship

City Light internships focus on professional development.

Apply for Free Broadband

Free high speed internet connections and services to eligible organizations.

Apply for the City Light Apprentice Program

Seattle City Light is looking for employees who learn quickly and bring integrity to a diverse work force.

Calculate Utility Account Escrow

Receive an immediate estimate by using the online escrow estimator tool or submit an Escrow Request Form.

Contact Seattle City Light

Find City Light customer service and program contacts.

Dispute a City Light Bill

Follow the steps to dispute a City Light bill.

Download the "Find It, Fix It" App

Easily report selected issues to the City of Seattle via mobile app.

Enhance Poor Power Quality (For Business)

Assessments to review and improve power quality.

Enroll in City Light's Life Support Equipment Program

Assistance for customers who are dependent on electrically operated life-support equipment.

File a Cable TV Comment or Complaints

File a cable service, internet service or city service complaint or comment.

Find a Dump/Transfer Station

Dump/Transfer station locations, hours and closures.

Find a Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Dispose of hazardous household materials and products for free.

Find and Report Power Outages

Take Winter By Storm includes current outages and estimated times for restoration of service.

Find City Engineering Records

Engineer Records Vault archives infrastructure information.

Find City Light Construction Projects

Seattle City Light at work in your neighborhood.

Find Electric Service Rate Information

Base rates, adjustments, and tools for computing your bill.

Find Utility Services (for Businesses)

Seattle Public Utilities has a suite of services for businesses.

Get Carts-to-Curb Help

SPU Representatives can provide additional assistance to those eligible for carts-to-curb help.

Get Utility Hookups for New Construction

New connection to Seattle’s water supply system or upgrades to existing water service.

How do I get rid of this?

Look up how to recycle, compost, or throw out something.

Look Up Your Garbage Collection Day

Find when your garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling are picked up.

Make City Light Payment Arrangements

Request and receive terms of scheduled payments to get current on your bill.

Move, Open or Close a City Light Account

Seattle City Light offers four methods to open, close or transfer an account: phone, online, fax or mail.

Move, Open or Close Your Utility Account

Make changes to your utility account or open a new account.

Pay A Utility Bill

Pay your electric, water or garbage bills, set up recurring payments, view usage, and more.

Pay City Bills in Person

Pay City bills in person at Community Service Centers.

Prepare for Winter

Seattle City Light provides steps to prepare for winter weather.

Read City Light's Light Reading Newsletter

Information on current utility news and advice on using energy wisely. Find archived issues here.

Read your Electric Bill

A section-by-section explanation of your electric bill in easy-to-follow terms.

Read your Electric Meter

Tips on how to read mechanical and digital electric meters.

Report a Plugged Storm Drain

Non-emergency reporting from plugged storm drains.

Report a Streetlight Out

When a streetlight goes out, let us know.

Report Graffiti

Report graffiti online or by phone.

Report Illegal Dumping

Report the illegal dumping of garbage in your neighborhood.

Report Missed Garbage Collection

Use this form to report a missed garbage collection.

Report Surface Water Pollution

Seattle Public Utilities will send a field inspector to investigate whether or not the area’s surface water is polluted.

Request a Balance Refund

Request a balance refund from SPU if you have closed your account.

Request an Additional Recycling Cart

Request a free additional recycling cart.

Request Extra Garbage & Bulky Item Pick-up

SPU offers pick-up for extra garbage or bulky items.

Save Energy and Money

Rebates and solutions to help businesses and residential customers use energy wisely and lower their bills.

Sign Up for Budget Billing

Spreading your energy costs evenly throughout the year helps to manage your budget.

Sign Up for Utility Discount

Covers up to 60% of utility bills for eligible customers.

Start or Expand Electric Service

Start electric service for a new building or a remodel/expansion project.

Stop Junk Mail

Stop junk mail to your home or business.

Tour the Boundary Hydroelectric Project

Get a behind the scenes look at how Seattle's power is generated.

Tour the Skagit

Tour the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project (Powerhouse, boat, walking tours).

Update City Light Account Information

Update address and contact information for your City Light account.

15 Programs

Advanced Metering

Seattle City Light is replacing electric meters with a new generation of meters.

Appliance Rebates

Rebates on energy-efficient appliances.

Benchmarking and Reporting

Tracks energy performance for buildings 20,000 sq. ft. or larger.

Cedar River Watershed

Carefully managed to support and supply clean drinking water to 1.4 million people.

Electric Vehicles

Get "Plug-In Ready" with steps to installing an electric vehicle charger.

Green Up

An affordable way to invest in renewable energy in our region.

Lighting Discounts (in Store)

Discounts on energy-efficient lighting.

Neighborhood Underground Conversion Program

Support for neighborhoods that want to put their power lines underground.

Project Share

When you give someone the gift of electricity, what you get back is powerful.

RainWise Cisterns & Rain Gardens

The RainWise program provides rebates that cover most or all of the cost to install cisterns and rain gardens.

Solar Energy

Solar works in Seattle. Roof-top solar systems can qualify for solar production incentives.

Toilet Rebates & Free Toilets

Toilet rebates for qualified customers.

Utility Discount Program

Discounts on your Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities bills.

Water Conservation

Learn how to save water at home, at work, in your landscape, your school, or business.   

Water Smart Technology

Technical assistance for commercial, industrial and institutional customers, and financial incentives for water efficiency projects.