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This newsletter will keep you informed about ways to reduce utility costs while conserving resources.
Questions? Comments? Contact - marcia.rutan@seattle.gov or (206) 684-3976

Keep Clothes, Shoes, & Linens Out of the Garbage

70 pounds of clothing

The average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year (shown here), according to EPA estimates. Most of these items could be reused or recycled.

Did you know that many used clothing collectors will accept holey, stained and worn clothes for recycling? Even single shoes, socks, gloves, and other items can be matched with other “singles” for further wear. To keep these items out of the garbage, you can request a convenient collection bin located inside or outside your building. The bins are provided by local area used clothing collectors who reuse and recycle these items. “Gently used” and damaged items are accepted together in the bin. The only clothes, shoes and linens not accepted are wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous material.

Look up contact information for organizations that provide collection boxes.

Join the City of Seattle and King County in the new Threadcycle campaign to keep approximately 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes and linens out of the garbage each year. To educate your tenants, check out the website at www.kingcounty.gov/threadcycle.

Love Food, Stop Waste

An Eat First box for soon-to-expire foods

A quarter of the food we buy never gets eaten! (U.S. EPA)

Composting food is better than throwing it in the garbage (now illegal), but preventing food waste is best of all. U.S. households spend an average of $130 per month on food that never gets eaten, and Seattle residents estimate discarding one third of once-edible food, according to a recent study. For apartment and condo dwellers, wasting less food could mean fewer trips to the food and yard waste cart!

Seattle Public Utilities is testing out a food waste prevention campaign with suggestions such as:

  • Using an A-Z Storage Guide to make produce last longer
  • Creating an “Eat First” box for your fridge
  • Learning the difference between “sell by,” “best by,” and “use by” food labels. You may be surprised!

Check out additional helpful tips at Prevent Food Waste and share with your residents.

Don’t Believe That Flushable Label on Wipes!

Cleaning up sewage overflow caused by 'flushable' wipes

Pipes clogged with wipes can cause sewage (along with wipes!) to overflow into Lake Washington or other waterways.

Sure, they may “go down” the toilet, but that is far from the end of things. The problem is: they just don’t break down. Check out this Consumer Reports video.

Wipes end up in a landfill, whether they are flushed down the toilet or not. But dealing with flushed wipes costs more due to the difficult process of cleaning them out of a clogged pipe, pump station, or treatment plant. See what it takes at this SPU pump station.

Please educate your residents and staff about this problem and help the City pipes and water ways stay unclogged!


Compost: It’s Not Garbage Anymore

Per City law, food waste is not allowed in the garbage. The $50 fines will now start January 1, 2016 for food waste found in multi-family garbage containers. The new date allows more time for preparation and education. Order free posters, flyers, and decals to educate your residents. For other assistance, leave a message at (206) 684-8717.


FORC Advanced Training

Trained FORCs are invited to the South Transfer Station’s J.P. Patches Viewing Room on Wednesday, May 13, from 1-3 p.m. to view the new education exhibit. Learn about Seattle’s solid waste history, explore the new station’s eco-friendly features, watch self-haulers unload their trucks, and play a challenging version of the “Where Does It Go?” game. Pre-register by May 11 by emailing marcia.rutan@seattle.gov.

Free Auto Leaks Workshop

A leaky car isn’t reliable, and it’s harmful to Puget Sound. Learn how to inspect your car for leaks by a Certified Mechanic. Learn more and register at the Auto Leaks web page or call (206) 615-1222.

Spring Clean

Join your neighbors for Spring Clean 2015, an annual community cleanup event from April 1 – May 31. Clean up any public streets with free supplies provided by SPU. If you are interested in coordinating a Spring Clean event, sign up online or call (206) 233-7187.


Free LED Light Bulbs

Seattle City Light’s Powerful Neighborhoods program offers free LED bulbs, showerheads, and faucet aerators to residential buildings with 5 or more units. Free power strips with sensors and automatic shut-off are also available for residents who request them. Email SCL_install@seattle.gov or call 1-877-311-8752.

Contact Us

For any service issues, call (206) 684-7665 by the morning following the missed service.

For technical assistance or an educational presentation at your property (limited), leave a message at (206) 684-8717.

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