On the heels of the solid-waste-pickup discussion during this morning’s storm-aftermath report at the Seattle City Council, we just got a news release from Seattle Public Utilities saying they want to be SURE you know that trash pickup days are changing (for “most” households) and recycling rules are changing too. March 30th is the date, and while that’s been reported before, it’s now only a month away. Read on for the official reminder:
Better Recycling is Coming to Seattle March 30
New Programs Include Weekly Food/Yard Waste Collection, Glass Commingling
SEATTLE – By popular demand, better recycling is coming to Seattle, starting March 30, with a host of changes including:
* All food scraps, including meat, fish, bones, shells and dairy products, can go in the food and yard waste cart.
* More food/yard waste cart sizes to choose from, including 13-, 32- and 96-gallon options.
* Weekly food and yard waste collection for all single-family households. Organics were previously collected every other week.
* Electronics, used motor oil and bulky items can be collected through special services.
* Glass bottles and jars go in the recycling cart – no more separating!
* More paper, plastic and metal items can be recycled, including cups, deli trays, aluminum foil and plastic plant pots.
* A new collection day for most households.
These improvements, which Seattleites have been requesting over the years, were made possible by new solid waste contracts, approved by Seattle City Council, last year. Seattle’s goal is to divert 60 percent of all its generated waste to recycling or composting by 2012. Currently the city diverts 48.4 percent of its waste.
Food scraps account for one-third, or 45,000 tons, of residential trash each year.
Last year, more than 100,000 Seattle households helped divert 80,000 tons of food and yard waste from the landfill, turning into compost for local parks and gardens.
In March, Seattle Public Utilities will launch a public education campaign on the new changes. Recycling guidelines and collection calendars will be mailed to businesses and residents, and customers with new collection days will have that information taped to their garbage containers. For more information on Seattle’s solid waste changes that begin March 30, contact www.seattle.gov/util, 206-684-3000.