How to Safely Dispose of Fireworks

If you choose to use fireworks in a region that allows them,* please keep the following disposal tips in mind:

Used fireworks

If disposed of improperly, used fireworks can pose a danger to employees who handle trash at local transfer stations. Make sure used fireworks are completely burned out and cooled down by submerging them in a bucket of water for fifteen minutes before putting them in the garbage. Learn more on the Washington State Fire Marshal website.

Unused fireworks

  • Never put unused fireworks in the garbage.
  • Both Seattle and King County residents may take small residential fireworks to the Seattle Police Firing Range. For more information, call 206-684-8980.

*Fireworks are illegal in Seattle. Both used and unused fireworks pose a significant danger to you, your family, and your home. 

North Transfer Station closed July 4 for Gasworks Park event

Seattle Public Utilities’ North Transfer station in Wallingford will be closed this Wednesday, July 4 to decrease traffic in the neighborhood due to the Fourth of July event at Gasworks park.  The South Transfer station will be open for customers from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The South Transfer Station is in the South Park neighborhood at 130 S. Kenyon Street.

Customers who would like more information about transfer station hours, rates, and materials accepted, call (206) 684-8400 or www.seattle.gov/util/dump.

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

Reminder: Fireworks are illegal in Seattle. If you choose to use fireworks in a region that allows them, please dispose of fireworks safely.

Protecting Puget Sound Beyond the Month of May

We celebrated Puget Sound Starts Here this month by pledging to protect our waters from pollution with actions like:

  • Gardening without pesticides
  • Maintaining your car by finding and fixing leaks
  • Picking up pet poop
  • Gardening without pesticides
  • Installing a rain garden or cistern
  • Caring for trees
  • Supporting stormwater education programs like Salmon in the Schools

It’s important to remember that the pledge to protect our waters doesn’t have an expiration date. Let’s aim to incorporate these actions into our everyday lives and share the “Puget Sound Starts Here” message with others!

We’ll close out our month-long celebration with this video of kid-scientists who will inspire you to do your part to protect the environment around us.

Salmon in the Schools

We’re celebrating Puget Sound throughout the month of May — Join us!

This week we’re swimming into spring with the Salmon in the Schools program. More than 1,800 students and almost 300 adults will gather along Seattle shores this spring to release fry into local creeks and Lake Washington. They’re all participating in a program that explores the relationship between salmon and stormwater called Salmon in the Schools (SISS).

SISS — a partnership between the Seattle School District, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, and the Fauntleroy Watershed Council — helps students understand the impacts of personal choices on stormwater runoff and water quality. Over 70 public, private and parochial schools participate in the program. Schools receive salmon eggs in January and students start learning about salmon lifecycle and habitat. As the students care for the salmon in their classrooms, they also nurture a personal connection and investment in environmental stewardship. By the time fry are released, students understand both the importance of salmon to the Pacific Northwest ecosystem, commerce, history, and culture, and how water quality impacts the health of these iconic fish.

At each salmon release event, students are asked, “Now that your salmon have been released, is your job caring for them finished?” The students know the answer to that question is no. They will tell you that picking up pet waste, looking after your local storm drain, and choosing to bike more often are all things we can do to prevent pollution to our waters to help salmon, and other species and wildlife, thrive.

Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here month this May by taking actions to protect the health of our local waterways, wildlife, and environment. Take the pledge to protect our waters and get free Chinook Book coupons (while supplies last)! To learn more about Salmon in the Schools, visit www.sisseattle.org

We’ll be posting Puget Sound Starts Here blog posts throughout the month of May, so stay tuned!

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month

We’re celebrating Puget Sound throughout the month of May — Join us!

What does “Puget Sound Starts Here” mean? It’s a reminder that our everyday actions impact the health of Puget Sound which connects habitat, wildlife, and humans.

The photo to the left captures a snapshot of how water connects us all: a chum salmon returns to Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park. Every year, salmon return to our creeks in Seattle – Piper’s, Thornton, Longfellow, Taylor and Fauntleroy Creek — to lay eggs and spawn. Salmon carcasses and eggs become food for urban wildlife like racoons, river otters, eagles, osprey and more. Salmon also feed microbes that break down salmon tissue into nutrients for the surrounding trees. The trees and other plants then work to slow, capture, and filter polluted stormwater. This cycle has repeated for thousands of years, and we are seeing it today because of our dedication to environmental stewardship in Seattle.

Water gives life to our city — literally! It also shapes our region’s values, history, and culture. We need to be mindful that the actions we take on land will affect our waters. When it rains, polluted runoff can make its way from our roofs, lawns and streets to our streams, lakes, and rivers that connect to Puget Sound. This May, pledge to protect our waters and make sure a healthy Puget Sound Starts with you.

Take the Pledge to Protect Our Waters and get free Chinook Book mobile coupons (while supplies last)! Coupons for car care, pet waste bags, and native plants from local nurseries will help you keep your pledge to prevent water pollution.

Make sound choices like:

Did you take the pledge? Let us know by tagging us on Twitter or Facebook.

We’ll be posting a Puget Sound Starts Here blog post every week this month so stay tuned!