Tag: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)

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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PROGRESS TOWARDS ZERO WASTE CONTINUES

August 15th, 2013

Data is now in on recycling outcomes for 2012, and Seattle continues to move steadily towards the Zero Waste goal. The City reached a 55.7% recycling rate in 2012, with record recycling rates for both single family and multi family sectors. Tons of waste sent to the landfill declined to 316,000, a reduction of more […]

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FOOD WORK ON THE PATH TO ZERO WASTE

July 25th, 2013

When we launched the Zero Waste Strategy in 2007, food waste was one of the two largest components of the waste stream that Seattle sent to the landfill (along with construction debris). That’s why we focused on food waste collection and prevention as a key strategy. New numbers show that we are making big progress, […]

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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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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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