Reminders for residents from Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities have a few important reminders for Seattle residents as we begin the new year.

SPU wants to remind residents that many electronics, especially TVs and computers, contain toxic materials that are banned from the garbage, yard waste and curbside recycling containers.

If you need to dispose of unwanted electronics click here or call 1-800-recycle to find your nearest free computer and TV drop-off location. You can also click here to check out the cell phone and fluorescent light bulb drop-off locations.

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up and recycle TVs, computers and other electronic items from your curb for a $20 fee. Call (206) 684-3000 to request an electronics collection. Apartment residents should contact their building manager to arrange for electronics collection.

SPU is also offering a $30-$75 rebate to customers who replace their old, water-guzzling toilets (made before 2001) with new WaterSense-labeled models

“Toilets are a household’s biggest water user — old, leaky models can impact your utility bill,” writes SPU in a statement.

Click here to learn more about the rebate program or call (206) 684-7283. This rebate for homeowners ends on March 31st.

SPU is also reminding locals to use their website to report pollution, graffiti and littering. If you see problems, you can report them online here under “Report Problems.” 

According to SPU, if your report is about creek pollution, an inspector will be paged during work hours to start an investigation as soon as possible. If you are reporting graffiti or illegal dumping, your request will be forwarded to the appropriate city department or agency within 24 hours.

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