Tag: zero waste strategy

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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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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SUSTAINABILITY TRAILBLAZER AND HUNGER FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

April 9th, 2013

Recently I had the honor of receiving two awards from organizations that have long histories of thoughtful and careful work in their respective fields. In late March I was named as a “Sustainability Trailblazer” by the Seattle-based Sustainable Path Foundation. On April 5 I was given the “Hunger Fighter” award for 2013 by the Seattle […]

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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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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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ZERO WASTE: ON THE CRITICAL PATH FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

August 17th, 2010

A key strategy that contributes to Seattle’s carbon neutrality work was approved by the Council in 2007, when my Zero Waste Initiative was adopted as City policy.  The things we throw away not only generate carbon as they decompose — they also carry the embedded carbon that was used in creating them.  Zero Waste is […]

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