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No solid waste pickup on New Year’s Day

December 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling or yard waste on Wednesday, New Year’s Day. Customers with regularly scheduled waste pickup on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have their waste collected one day later than usual. The city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Wednesday.

Remember, yard waste customers can put out their Christmas tree and holiday greens at no extra charge through Jan 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.)

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2013. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, January 13, 2014. The fee for extra yard waste is $4.75 per unit.

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Everything you need to know about disposing of holiday waste

December 19th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities has lots of friendly reminders about how to dispose of garbage, recycling and yard waste this time of year.

  1. There’s no solid waste collection on Christmas Day. Customers whose normal pickup days are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, will have their waste collected one day later than normal next week. The city’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be closed on Christmas Day as well.
  2. Customers who subscribe to yard waste pickup can put out their Christmas tree and other greens for no extra charge from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees should be cut into sections no longer than six feet, with branches trimmed to less than four feet. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments must be removed. Trees with flocking, tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. (Those trees need to be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20.) Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, Jan. 13; the fee for extra yard waste is $4.90 per unit.
  3. Customers can drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. Tree sections must be eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. Limit of three trees per vehicle. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except holidays.
  4. Household hazardous waste: Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other batteries can be disposed of for free at Seattle’s Household Hazardous waste stations. The nearest one to our neighborhood is at 12550 Stone Ave. N. (one block east of Aurora Avenue). Incandescent light bulbs, regular Christmas lights and alkaline batteries (such as AA, AAA, C and D) can go in the garbage, however, some places will recycle them.
  5. You can always put out extra recycling for free. Put it in sturdy boxes or 32-gallon cans next to your recycling cart on your regular collection day.
  6. Recycling do’s and don’ts:
  • Styrofoam packaging can’t be recycled. Many local mail houses accept packing peanuts for reuse; Styro Recycle in Renton will accept styrofoam for recycling. Otherwise, Styrofoam and packing peanuts go in the garbage (but put peanuts in a bag first so they don’t scatter).
  • Flattened cardboard goes in your recycling cart. If it doesn’t fit, put it next to your cart.
  • Ribbons and bows go in the garbage.
  • Gift wrap goes in the recycling. (Don’t burn it; it’s toxic.)
  • Greeting cards, catalogs and envelopes go in the recycling bin, even if they have plastic windows or staples.
  • Electronics can’t be recycled or put in the garbage because they contain hazardous materials. Go to www.ecyclewashington.org or www.takeitbacknetwork.org for locations to drop off your old TVs, monitors and computers.

If you’re not sure what can be recycled or where to do it, you can look it up on this website.

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Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup on normal schedule on Monday

August 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling on Monday like usual, despite the Labor Day holiday. SPU customers should put out their cans by 7 a.m.

The North and South Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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Waste Management to give $5,000 each to 8 Greenwood/Crown Hill/Ballard non-profits

August 14th, 2013 by Doree

Waste Management is looking for eight non-profits in Greenwood, Crown Hill and North Ballard who could use $5,000 each. The money comes from Waste Management’s neighborhood competition to reduce waste. The Wednesday North area won the Think Green Recycling Challenge, beating out nine other neighborhoods.

Last fall, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) agreed to be the community partner with WM and will be facilitating the grant process, which will award eight grants of $5,000 each. Any nonprofit or community group with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor in the Greenwood/Crown Hill neighborhood is eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.phinneycenter.org.

Because this program is about building community as much as it is about waste reduction, grants are intended to support groups that are already doing great work in the community and do not have to focus on recycling or waste reduction.

And since this is the community’s grant, all of the applying organizations will help make the decision on the grants as part of the selection process.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 16, 2013. For additional information, contact Ann Bowden at ann@phinneycenter.org.

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Greenwood/Crown Hill wins Waste Management’s Recycling Challenge

June 6th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood and Crown Hill are the winners of Waste Management’s “Think Green Recycling Challenge.” The six-month campaign challenged 10 neighborhoods to recycle more and reduce waste.

The “Wednesday North neighborhood (Crown Hill/Greenwood)” was the grand prize winner for reducing the overall amount of garbage sent to the landfill. The $40,000 prize will be donated to the non-profit(s) of the neighborhood’s choice. The Phinney Neighborhood Association is the partnering organization for the challenge; they’ll spearhead the effort to decide where the money goes.

Tuesday North (Ballard), Wednesday South (South Park/Georgetown/Delridge), and Friday North (Wallingford/Green Lake) earned $3,300 each to donate to a local non-profit of their choice.

Each of the ten communities has something to be proud of: the average increase in diversion rate –the amount of material kept out of the landfill — increased 1% across all competing neighborhoods, and collectively the neighborhoods composted and recycled over 3,000 tons more than the previous year!

A celebration for the four winning neighborhoods will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

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Garbage and other waste pickup on normal schedule for Memorial Day

May 24th, 2013 by Doree

Monday customers of Seattle Public Utilities‘ garbage, yard waste, and recycling pickups should put their waste out on Memorial Day like always.

The City of Seattle’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during their regular business hours as well, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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Neighborhood news roundup: business closed, arts, live music and poetry, recycling, lion cubs

March 21st, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news, in no particular order.

Snoose Junction, 10406 Holman Rd. NW, closed its doors on March 9.

Tony’s Coffee Bar, 7001 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting the second in its literary series on Friday evening. “Three Washington Writers and One From Portland” is from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Four authors will read from their works: Nicole Rosevear, Ellen Parker, Jennifer D. Munro and Erin Gilbert. The event is free; refreshments will be served. Tony’s also will be giving away free Italianos from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day to celebrate the literary event.

Greenwood nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is partnering with Couth Buzzard Books for a “Whipper Snapper’s Cabaret” Saturday night. Talented students from 826 Seattle will take the stage for poetry and singing. Joining them are jazz musician Kenny Mandell’s jazz workshop Students, spoken word artist/DJ William Higareda (MC Vajra), humor essayist Marianne Hale and “trickster/wordsmith” Holly Brown. Free; food and drinks available for purchase. The Cabaret starts at 7:30 p.m. at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Phinney resident Howard Snyder, a fine art landscape photographer, has a solo photography exhibition called “Chasing Shadows, Chasing Light” at Seattle Creative Arts Center through the end of this month.

PhinneyWood reader Joey Pauley contacted us, seeking witnesses to a car accident at the intersection of North 80th Street and Linden Avenue North on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

This is a photo of Pauley’s red car…

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And the other driver’s black car.

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If you witnessed this accident, please call Joey at 206-651-5639.

A PhinneyWood reader contacted us because they were concerned about the new Greenwood Fred Meyer’s lack of recycling containers for customers to use. We contacted Fred Meyer and received this response:

Fred Meyer takes pride in the recycling program we have in each of our stores. It is part of our commitment towards a more sustainable business. We work hard to wrap up all loose ends with a new store opening as quickly as possible. Recycling stations for Customers are now available at your new Greenwood store. Thank you for shopping with us and for recycling!

Woodland Park Zoo’s new lion cubs now have full access to the entire lion exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The waiting line to view the cubs in the lion shelter has been removed.

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Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

“The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle” author David Volk is looking for recommendations on freebies and deals in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge for his book’s second edition, due in May. (We profiled Volk in December 2010.)

If any of your readers know about great happy hours, places to go to hear live music for free, ways to see movies for free or cheap, amazingly cheap restaurants and places to see comedy for cheap, please have them drop me an e-mail. All people who make suggestions that he uses will be named in the book’s acknowledgements, the top five win a wonderfully kitschy prize and the best one wins a free copy of the new book when it comes out.

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Solid waste collection on normal schedule for Presidents’ Day on Monday

February 14th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling like usual on Monday, even though it’s a holiday. Make sure your containers are set out by 7 a.m.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford also will be open on Monday during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Also, SPU is reminding customers that it will pick up bulky items such as couches, beds or dishwashers for a $30 fee ($38 for items containing gases). Call 206-684-3000 to request a bulky item collection. (The Recycling and Disposal stations accept bulky items for the same $30 fee.)

If you want to recycle a refrigerator or a freezer, Seattle City Light will pay you $30 and pick it up for free. Call 1-877-577-0510 or visit www.jacoinc.net to schedule a pick up.

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No Christmas or New Year’s Day waste pickup, will be collected one day later

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up customers’ garbage, recyling or yard waste on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Customers with Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will have their waste picked up one day later than usual those weeks.

Seattle Public Utilities is telephoning customers this week to let them know of the change.

Both of the city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Utilities customers to receive $10 credit for waste pickup strike

September 25th, 2012 by Doree

The City of Seattle has reached a $1.24 million settlement with Waste Management over its Teamsters Union drivers’ eight-day strike last month. That means residential customers will receive a $10 credit on their November-December bill for missed collections. Apartment/condo buildings and business customers will receive a $50 credit.

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Waste Management will collect Wednesday’s garbage on Saturday

August 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Waste Management drivers are trying to catch up after their week-long strike left residential customers’ waste bins overflowing. Wednesday customers will have their garbage, recycling and yard waste collected tomorrow, on Saturday. Customers won’t be charged extra for any additional items placed at the curb.

Here are Seattle Public Utilities’ instructions for other customers:

Friday Customers:

All carts should be collected today. If not, Leave carts out until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday Customers:

Most recycling pickup was missed yesterday, August 2. Put out all recyclables next Thursday, August 9.

Customers who have been affected by the strike may drop off up to 6 bags of either garbage or yard waste in any combination at either of Seattle’s transfer stations for free, through this weekend. Yard waste should not be in plastic bags. Recycling drop off is always free.

Hours have been extended through Friday at the South Transfer Station: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Garbage strike is over, waste pickup has begun

August 2nd, 2012 by Doree

Waste Management’s union drivers voted this morning to end their strike and begin collecting garbage, yard waste and recycling immediately. Trucks will be out on the roads today, but not all scheduled pickups will be completed.

City of Seattle inspectors will be out today, checking for uncollected waste from yesterday, so the city can fine Waste Management for yesterday’s missed pickups. Any missed pickups today will not result in a fine.

Missed waste collections should be set out on the regular day next week; there will be no charge for extra waste.

Residential customers can still drop off up to six bags of either garbage or yard waste at the North and South Transfer Stations for free. (Recycling is always free to drop off.)

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