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Holiday Cleanup

Holiday greens

Decorating for the holidays is always a fun activity—all the colorful tinsel, ornaments, twinkling lights, maybe even a popcorn garland. Taking down the decorations? Not as fun. Here are some tips to help make your holiday clean up as efficient as possible, so you can start the new year on the right foot.

Compost Christmas trees
Seattle residents can put their Christmas trees and holiday greens out next to their food and yard waste carts on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017. Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ Transfer Stations from Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017. Please read about size requirements before composting your tree.

Recycle your holidays
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, U.S. household waste increases by 25 percent—that’s about 1 million tons per week! Do your part to cut down on that extra waste. After unwrapping gifts, remember to recycle wrapping paper and gift boxes. There is no charge for setting out extra recyclables, simply put your extra recycling in a cardboard or paper bag, and place it next to your recycling cart.

Read SPU’s holiday recycling guide to learn how to recycle more common holiday items like string lights, ribbons and bows, and packing peanuts.

Winter Service Reminder

This winter has been quite exciting with the arrival of Seattle’s first snow since 2012. Soft snow can quickly turn into slippery ice thanks to cold temperatures. When roads are icy, solid waste pickups need to take a pause until conditions improve.

If there is a service interruption, put your carts out on your collection day and leave them out through the following day.

Follow SPU on Twitter and visit Seattle Public Utilities for the most up-to-date information about service interruptions.


New North Transfer Station is open!

The new North Transfer Station is in the same location as the old station: 1350 N 34th St in Wallingford. When you visit, drop off recyclables for free at the Recycling & Reuse building. Station hours and details.

Give damaged clothes new life

Damaged and stained clothing, shoes, and textiles are now accepted by many used clothing outlets in our area. Please do not place these items in your curbside recycling. Choose from several drop-off locations or arrange for pick up.

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