Seattle Public Utilities Ray Hoffman, Director

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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


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.


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. Find resources to reduce and reuse.


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.

Related links

Building Material Salvage and Recycling - A Client Assistance Memo (CAM) describing approaches to salvage and reuse of valuable building materials
Special Items that can be recycled or disposed of at transfer stations but not in home recycling or garbage
Climate Action Now