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Connecting people to the source of Seattle's drinking water, inspiring confidence, stewardship and sustainability.Your monthly update of tips and information on recycling, water conservation and other environmental programs and events in Seattle.
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June 24 – Have a Say About Your Waterway

Have a say about your waterway

With your help, we can protect waterways like Lake Union for all to enjoy.

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and polluted runoff overflow into Seattle waterways every year. We’re working to protect our lakes, creeks, bays, and the Duwamish River by preventing these overflows.

The draft Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways is ready. We encourage the public, interested agencies, and tribal governments to review and comment on the Plan, proposed alternatives, and potential impacts. Find out more by visiting:

  • Protecting Seattle's Waterways
  • Our open house and public hearing.
    Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m.
    Lake Washington Rowing Club
    910 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA

June 28 – Mariners Kitchen Catcher Giveaway

Seattle Mariners kitchen catcher giveaway

Seattle fans at Safeco Field helped recycle or compost more than 90 percent of their waste.

Seattle Public Utilities, BASF and the Seattle Mariners will be giving away a free Special Collector’s Edition Kitchen Caddy to the first 8,000 fans who come see the Mariners take on the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, June 28.

Each caddy comes with a pack of EcoSafe compostable bags that makes it clean and easy to collect your food scraps and carry them to your food and yard waste cart. The scraps eventually will be turned into compost for local parks and gardens.

Cleaning Out Your Garage or Home?

Cleaing out your garage or home?

Never put hazardous waste in the garbage. Use a proper facility.

Leftover oil-based paints, paint thinner, cleaning products, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, motor oil and unwanted household hazardous wastes need to be handled carefully to prevent harm to people and our environment. Drop these products off at a hazardous waste facility for free.

For information or directions, visit HazWasteHelp or call the Household Hazards Line at (206) 296-4692. Hazardous waste disposal service is provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

To dispose of latex paint, mix in kitty litter and put the can in your garbage with the lid off.

Grasscycle with Garden Guru Ciscoe Morris

Grasscycle with Gardening Guru Ciscoe Morris

Grasscycling saves time and money and reduces lawn watering.

Radio personality and local gardening expert Ciscoe Morris says, “I always grasscycle. Leaving the clippings recycles nutrients and never creates thatch problems. Best of all, it beats the living tweetle out of hefting heavy mower bags full of clippings to dump it in the yard waste container.” He’s right! Grasscycling cuts fertilizer cost and effort; clippings provide up to half of your lawn’s annual nutrient needs.

You can grasscycle with any mower. Just leave the bag off and let the clippings drop. When it’s time to buy a new mower, shop for a “mulching” model. They finely chop clippings and blow them down to the soil, where they aren’t visible, can’t be tracked into the house, and feed the earthworms and microbes that feed your lawn.

For free answers to all your gardening questions, contact the experts at the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224.


Extended Hours at Transfer Station

The North Transfer Station is closed for remodeling until 2016. During the North closure, the South Transfer Station is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. each day, including Independence Day, July 4 .

Free Auto Leak Inspections

Oil and water don’t mix. Attend a free class this summer.

Watershed Tours

Join us for upcoming 2014 tours and programs at the Cedar River Watershed.


Be Yard-Wise

Water garden beds and lawns, deeply and less often this summer to help plants grow deeper, healthier roots. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, learn how to set it to save time but not waste water. View our lawn and garden tips to do more with less!

Summer Paint Out

Tackle graffiti in your neighborhood. We support volunteers with free supplies. Sign up online or call (206) 233-7187.

Recycle Your Mattress

Recycling options include:

Replace Your Old Toilet with Our Help

Toilets are the biggest water-users in most homes and multi-family buildings. See if you qualify for a free toilet or a rebate towards a Premium WaterSense-labeled toilet.

Contact Us

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(206) 684-3000

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