Free Tree Composting Ends Sunday Jan. 11

Christmas-Tree11Seattle residents may compost Christmas trees and greens free of charge through January 11, 2015.

At the South Transfer Station

Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration so they can be turned into compost for local parks and gardens. Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter. The stations will accept up to three trees per vehicle for free. The South Transfer Station is located at 130 South Kenyon Street. For more information call 206-684-8400 or visit www.seattle.gov/util/Dump.

At the Curb

Food and yard waste subscribers can put trees and greens out on their regular collection day. Cut trees into sections, six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable, and will be charged as extra garbage.

At Apartments

Check with your manager. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.

 

After January 11, 2015, trees will be collected at regular collection rates.

 

Kitchen Compost Container Giveaway Today

Last year, fans at Safeco Field helped recycle or compost more than 90 percent of their waste.

To recognize their efforts, Seattle Public Utilities and the Seattle Mariners are offering free kitchen compost containers to Seattle residents to help store and carry kitchen scraps to their food and yard waste carts.

Today, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. the first 600 Seattle residents who pledge to recycle and compost will receive a special Collector’s Edition Seattle Mariners Kitchen Caddy at the following locations:

Lake City Neighborhood Service Center at 12525 28th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125

Ballard Neighborhood Service Center at 5604 22nd Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107

Recology – CleanScapes – 117 S. Main St, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104

All locations close at 5 pm.

Supplies are limited to the first 600 Seattle residents. The giveaway is limited to one kitchen container per Seattle household.

As of January 1, 2015, food waste is no longer allowed in Seattle’s garbage.

Paper and compostable bags, kitchen caddys and other reusable containers are easy ways to help store and carry kitchen scraps to your food and yard waste cart.

Seattle Mariners Kitchen Caddy Giveaway Jan 7

Last year, fans at Safeco Field helped recycle or compost more than 90 percent of their waste.

To recognize their efforts, Seattle Public Utilities and the Seattle Mariners are offering free kitchen compost containers to Seattle residents to help store and carry kitchen scraps to their food and yard waste carts.

At 10 am on  Wednesday, Jan. 7, 600 lucky Seattle residents who pledge to recycle and compost will receive a Collector’s Edition Seattle Mariners Kitchen Caddy at the following locations:

Lake City Neighborhood Service Center at 12525 28th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125

Ballard Neighborhood Service Center at 5604 22nd Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107

Recology – CleanScapes – 117 S Main St, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104

All locations close at 5 pm.

Supplies are limited to the first 600 Seattle residents. The giveaway is limited to one kitchen container per Seattle household.

As of January 1, 2015, food waste is no longer allowed in Seattle’s garbage.

Paper and compostable bags, kitchen caddys and other reusable containers are easy ways to help store and carry kitchen scraps to your food and yard waste cart.

Learn more at www.seattle.gov/util

 

Full Recycling Cart?

Recycling carts tend to get pretty full during the holiday season. Seattle Public Utilities reminds customers that recycling that cannot fit inside recycling carts can still be recycled at no extra charge.

Put extra recyclables next to your recycling cart in sturdy bins, boxes or 32-gallon cans. Flatten cardboard boxes.

Here a are more tips on where to dispose of your holiday-related waste:

Ribbons and bows: It’s best to reuse them; otherwise place in garbage.

Gift wrap: Reuse or recycle.

Greeting cards and envelopes: Recycle.

Batteries: Alkaline batteries can go in the garbage. You can find places throughout Seattle that can recycle all varieties of batteries at www.call2recycle.org/locator.

Old Christmas lights: King County offers a list of nearby locations where you can recycle your lights for free.

Foam: Call your local mailing/shipping store to see if they will accept clean packing peanuts. Foam chunks used for packaging are collected at a few locations in the Puget Sound area, including Styro Recycle in Renton. Otherwise, foam goes in the garbage. Bag the peanuts to prevent litter.

Electronics: Go to www.ecyclewashington.org for locations to drop off your old TVs, monitors and computers.

It’s best to use up what you have, donate items in good condition that you no longer need, and purchase items with little or no packaging.

Want to learn where other stuff should be disposed? Visit www.seattle.gov/util/lookitup to find out.

How to Dispose of Holiday Household Hazardous Waste

There is usually some assembly required during that holiday season, and that sometimes involves batteries, CFL light bulbs and other household hazardous waste.

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other batteries can be disposed of free of charge at Seattle’s Household Hazardous waste stations.

Incandescent light bulbs, regular Christmas lights and alkaline batteries, such as the ones AA, AAA, C, and D can be disposed of in your curbside garbage. However, King County offers a list of seasonal locations where you can recycle your Christmas lights for free.

For more information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, visit www.HazWasteHelp.org or call 206-296-4692.