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Worst Halloween Candy Contest

Vote for your least favorite Halloween candy - like candy corn

From Candy Corn to Peeps, there are plenty of Halloween “treats” that terrify Seattle residents.

Vote for your least favorite Halloween candy by Oct. 27 and you’ll be entered to win a kitchen compost collector- great for carrying unwanted leftovers to your food and yard waste cart, where they will be turned to compost to help grow pumpkins, sunflowers and other garden delights.

Since 2005, Seattle residents have helped divert more than 400,000 tons of food from the landfill by composting!

Reminders: Wrappers and gum go in the garbage. Food, leaves and pumpkins go in the food and yard waste cart.

Four lucky winners will be randomly drawn to win. Results will be announced on October 30.

Are You Throwing Money & Food Away?

Avoid throwing out food scraps unnecessarily

Whether it’s moldy cheese, slimy lettuce, or long lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food this week. And you’re not alone. In a recent study, Seattle households estimated that about 1/3 of all food scraps they throw out could’ve been avoided.

That rotten apple isn’t the only thing going into your food and yard waste cart. You’re also throwing away money, along with all the water, energy and other resources used to grow that apple and get it to your plate.

Learn about food date labeling and storage.

Stop Junk Mail

Avoid throwing out food scraps unnecessarily

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them all the uninvited catalogs and advertisements piling up in your mailbox!

Stop unwanted junk mail by using the free opt-out service provided through the City of Seattle and Catalog Choice. Go to Catalog Choice and sign up. Each time you’re bugged by unwanted junk mail, sign-in to Catalog Choice and enter the company name and stop that junk mail. You can also use the site to stop phone books!

A small investment in time can save you a lot more in the long run. The average person in the U.S. spends 8 months in a lifetime dealing with junk mail. That’s a lot of wasted time, not to mention all the wasted trees, water and energy that go into making unwanted mail.

Clothes, Shoes, and Linens Wanted

Avoid throwing out food scraps unnecessarily

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 now can be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more!

In the past, only “gently used,” resalable items could be accepted by area thrift stores, drop boxes and collection sites. But textile markets have changed. Nearly every large collector in our area sorts materials into several categories – some for resale and some for recycling into new products.

So gather up your clothes, shoes, and household linens and take them to a nearby collection site or drop box, or arrange for a pick up. Help keep these items in the recycling loop and out of landfills.

Choose Greener Businesses

Avoid throwing out food scraps unnecessarily

Looking for a dry cleaner? Landscaper? Dentist? Vet? Mechanic? Marina? Choose an EnviroStars-certified business and help make Seattle a healthier place to live, work and play. It's good for business, good for the environment, and good for you!

What does the star mean
EnviroStars is a program of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County. It means the business manages, stores, recycles, or safely disposes of hazardous wastes and toxic materials. It also means they are committed to reducing or eliminating these materials and wastes from their routine business operations.

Look for the stars
The EnviroStars logo and window decal provide an easy way for you to identify and support these businesses. They tell you that we inspected and evaluated their business hazardous waste management practices and we approve!

Find a Business
Find an EnviroStars business and search by city, county or business type to find businesses near you.

Keep Trash Out of the Toilet

Did you know that so-called “flushable” wipes and other trash are causing serious plumbing and sewer problems across the city?

Fact: toilet paper is the only product, besides human waste, that breaks down when it’s flushed. Everything else (yes, everything!) can cause expensive clogs and backups, and wreaks havoc on the city’s sewer system. Keep in mind:

  • Just because it flushes, doesn’t make it safe to flush. Even if it makes it through your pipes, it is likely contributing to problems that could cause your sewage to back up.
  • Use the trash can, not the toilet, to dispose of feminine hygiene products, dental floss, condoms, and all types of wipes -- even facial tissue.
  • Ignore product labels that say “flushable.”

Bottom line: If it’s not toilet paper, put it in the garbage! Learn more about the care and maintenance of your side sewer.


New Food Scrap Law

The Seattle City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting food from Seattle’s residential and commercial garbage on September 22, 2014.

Food waste will be prohibited from garbage beginning January 1, 2015 and SPU will start enforcing the law on July 1, 2015.

Learn more about the new ordinance.

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