Next week homeowners will get a guide in the mail that outlines new pick-up days and an increase in service costs. For example, that means a house with a 32-gallon can will now pay $22.30 per month for garbage service compared to $17.65 last year.
The other big change is that food and yard waste will now be collected every week instead of every other week. Plus, leftover food including meat, fish and dairy scraps can now go in the food/yard waste cart. More items can be recycled including plastic and metal items such as cups, deli trays, aluminum foil and plastic plant pots. There are also more food/yard waste cart sizes to choose from, including 13, 32 and 96-gallon options.
This is part of Seattle’s new recycling program that begins March 30th. The program goal is to convert 60 percent of Seattle’s generated waste to recycling or composting by 2012. Currently the city diverts 48.4 percent of its waste.
Recycling guidelines and collection calendars will be mailed next month and customers with new collection days will have that information taped to their garbage containers. Click here for new garbage rates and more information.