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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

Free Compostable Bag Dispensers

Bag dispensers

A property manager shows off the new dispenser at her building.

Seattle properties (5+ units) can now qualify for a free bag dispenser and a free 3-month start-up stock of 3-gallon approved compostable bags. These bags are popular with tenants and reduce odors and contamination in the food waste cart. Following a successful pilot test with five properties, SPU is expanding to set up 50 more properties in the fall with the dispensers and bags. To qualify, the property must have a Friend of Recycling and Composting (FORC) who has attended a free FORC training. The next FORC training is August 19, 2014. For more information contact Mason Giem via email or at (206) 684-5223.

Keep Trash Out of the Toilet

Flushing trash causes problems

Crew members, like Johnny Chito, face increasing problems caused by flushed trash such as wipes, dental floss and facial tissue. This is a clog at pump station 7 in Madison Park.

So-called “flushable” wipes and other trash are causing serious plumbing and sewer problems across the city. Reduce problems at your property and side sewer by keeping the wrong stuff out of the toilet.

Inform residents that toilet paper is the only product, besides human waste, that breaks down when flushed. Everything else (yes, everything else!) can cause expensive clogs and backups, and wreak havoc on the City’s sewer system. Find out more in this two-minute video.

Just because it flushes, doesn’t make it safe to flush. Even if it makes it through your pipes, it likely contributes to problems that could cause your sewage to back up.

Use the trash can - not the toilet - to dispose of feminine hygiene products (tampons, applicators, pads), dental floss, facial tissues, condoms, and all types of wipes (even if they say “flushable”).

Bottom line: If it’s not toilet paper, put it in the garbage.

Plastics Recycling Mysteries Solved

Seattle sorts plastics by category.

Don’t worry about numbers or symbols. Seattle recycles many categories of plastic goods.

Property managers and residents often ask about plastic materials: What about the numbers? What about lids? What about bags? What about foam?

It can be confusing but also a fun challenge. Here's a tip: in Seattle, we no longer play a numbers game, we only play a categories game. The numbers are technical industry indicators regarding plastic resins, but Seattle decided years ago to shift to categories. So skip the numbers or symbols. View the different categories of plastics and what to do with them. Also check out our top recycling questions and the Where Does It Go? flyer.

If you have recycling questions, first use the popular Look It Up tool. If still stumped, send an email to AskEvelyn@seattle.gov. Thanks for recycling!


Get Help with Residents’ Utility Bills

Income-qualified SPU customers can get 50 percent off their SPU bills. If a landlord pays all utilities, qualifying low-income tenants may still be eligible. For more details, view the Utility Discount Program or call (206) 684-0268.


FORC Training,
August 19

Possibly the last 2014 FORC training will be Tuesday, August 19, 6-8:30 PM at Northgate. Qualify for free kitchen compost containers for all units and the compostable bag dispenser program. Pre-registration by August 15 is required.

Free Kitchen Compost Containers All Summer

SPU is giving away kitchen compost containers all summer at fairs throughout Seattle. Play a fun Bingo game at the SPU table, sign a pledge to compost, and get your own convenient, reusable bucket. You can also visit the new South Transfer Station and ask for a container.


Mattress Recycling Now Available

Options are available for recycling mattresses, rather than sending them to the landfill. Contact local mattress retailers or the Take It Back Network.

For landfill disposal, take it to the South Transfer Station or call (206) 684-3000 to arrange a bulky item pickup for $30.

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), call (206) 684-8717, press #2 and leave a message.

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