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Food Waste and Organics Surveys
The primary purpose is to evaluate Seattle residents’ attitudes, awareness and behaviors towards the various City-sponsored organics waste management programs and how to improve Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) services. The Home Organics Surveys are done every 5 years and began in 1995.
2007 Zero Waste Study
Quantitative Assessment of Waste Disposal and Reduction Concepts; A series of surveys completed in May 2007 that obtained feedback from residential and commercial customers on various zero waste, waste prevention, and product stewardship programs. View the Recycling & Waste Reduction Study - Zero Waste Study.
Seattle Recycling Value Survey
Between October 2004 and March 2005 SPU, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Davis, conducted a comprehensive household recycling survey. The survey was undertaken as part of a research project to better understand what is most important to households when they make garbage and recycling decisions.
The main two objectives of this research project were:
- to examine households’ waste handling and recycling behaviors, and
- to measure the economic (non-market) value of recycling programs and City-wide waste diversion.
As part of the project, we also tested a variety of survey techniques that could be used in the future to help the City understand how citizens value other services provided by SPU. View survey results (pdf).