Posts for 'Seattle Public Utilities'

ONE LESS TRUCK! EVERY OTHER WEEK GARBAGE COLLECTION ADVANCES

December 17th, 2013

On Monday, December 16, the Council approved legislation authorizing Seattle Public Utilities to revise its contracts with solid waste collection companies to allow implementing the “One Less Truck” program in 2015. The legislation sets the stage for a Council decision early next year on whether to proceed with every other week garbage collection to continue […]

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ONE LESS TRUCK PILOT PROJECT POINTS WAY TO WASTE REDUCTION

August 29th, 2013

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has completed its evaluation of the One Less Truck Pilot Project, which evaluates reducing the number of trucks in our neighborhoods by moving to every-other-week garbage pickup. One Less Truck would save ratepayers up to $5-6 million per year, reduce traffic and encourage recycling and composting. SPU has learned that implementing […]

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GREEN STORMWATER GOAL ADOPTED BY COUNCIL

July 23rd, 2013

On Monday, July 22, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution establishing a City policy supporting green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and adopting a goal of managing 700 million gallons of stormwater annually by 2025 – about 1000 gallons for every Seattle resident. The resolution will be implemented by including green stormwater infrastructure in city projects and […]

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ZERO WASTE IN CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION

December 20th, 2012

On Monday, December 10, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance taking the next step towards zero waste in the construction/demolition arena.  The ordinance prohibits recyclable material from being disposed of in construction and demolition garbage containers, railhead intermodal containers, and the City’s transfer stations.  It also creates a construction waste recycling facility certification program […]

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WATER FOR SEATTLE’S FUTURE

June 19th, 2012

Seattle Public Utilities has developed an updated water plan covering 2013-2018, with some analysis and projection for future years as far out as 2060.  It’s a good news plan, demonstrating that Seattle’s commitment to water conservation has been extraordinarily successful, and projecting continued success in the future. The bottom line is that total average demand […]

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CLEAN WATER CONSENT DECREE

May 31st, 2012

Seattle and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have completed negotiations on a historic consent decree that opens the door for a more thoughtful and effective approach to promoting clean water in Seattle and Puget Sound.  The Council is now reviewing this decree, and will vote on whether to endorse it in the near future. […]

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ONE LESS TRUCK! EVERY OTHER WEEK GARBAGE COLLECTION

May 8th, 2012

The Seattle City Council is authorizing a pilot program to test the idea of moving to garbage collection every other week.  The pilot program, which will be implemented for 800 customers in four neighborhoods from July through December, will examine what rate structure best rewards people for minimizing their garbage, while avoiding unwanted negative impacts. […]

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RESTORING THE LAKE WASHINGTON SALMON FISHERY

September 27th, 2011

After twenty years of research, planning, litigation, and finally construction, the new sockeye hatchery on the Cedar River finally opened this month.  Wait, we are celebrating a salmon hatchery?  Aren’t hatcheries one of the villains of the salmon story? Yes, hatcheries have been one of the ‘4H’ identified factors of salmon decline, along with habitat […]

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ZERO WASTE — FRUGALITY WORKS IN SEATTLE

July 7th, 2011

In 2010 Seattle sent 335,600 tons of solid waste to the Columbia Ridge Landfill in eastern Oregon.  That’s what we need to target for reduction.  The good news is that we continue to make great progress, and a recent study of residential waste demonstrates how well we are doing, and where we have opportunities to […]

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UTILITY SCREENING LEGISLATION APPROVED

March 10th, 2011

On Monday, February 28, the Council unanimously approved legislation that I sponsored to set standards for landscaping and screening for solid waste transfer stations and utility service buildings. This issue came to my attention when I was Chair of the Committee overseeing Seattle Public Utilities.  As we moved forward with a rebuild of the North […]

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