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REDUCE, REUSE RECYCLE

Despite our city’s recycling efforts, Seattle still throws away a lot. Our landfills contain paper that’s only used on one side, food that could be composted, doors and windows that could be re-used, and extra packaging. Learn how to reduce garbage, stop junk mail and phone books, and more. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

PREVENT POLLUTION

Keep water safe and clean by preventing pollution at its source. Storm water run-off carries oil and grease, fertilizers, pesticides and other toxic chemicals that collect on our roads, rooftops and property. Prevent Pollution

REDUCE WATER USE

Installing efficient fixtures and taking steps to conserve water can help reduce your water use—and utility bills—year-round. Reduce Water Use

BUILDING SALVAGE

Many opportunities exist to reuse and recycle building materials that come from both demolition and new building projects. Building Salvage

  • Send less waste to the landfill
  • Give usable items another life
  • Reduce natural resource use
  • Save money
  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • Support the local material reuse and recycling industry
  • Earn green building rating system points (e.g., Built Green™, LEED™)

GREEN CLEANING

Taking the green approach avoids use of hazardous products, which protects your health and the environment. Learn non-toxic cleaning tips and how to make your own cleansers. Green Cleaning

WEST NILE VIRUS

West Nile virus is spread by infected mosquitoes and can be a serious health threat to people, birds and animals. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family. West Nile Virus

FATS, OILS & GREASE

Fats, oils, and grease resulting from food preparation can build up in sewer pipes, and cause costly blockages and backups, and sewage overflows to private and public property. Learn what you can do to keep your drains fat free. Fats, Oils & Grease

How do I get rid of this?

Find out: Which cart? Is it hazardous? Where else can I take it?