It probably won’t reduce costs much and green-leaning Seattleites already compost and recycle enough that it probably wouldn’t result in more of that type of planet-friendly activity, but Seattle Public Utilities is looking at transitioning its garbage pick-up to an every-other-week schedule. A Seattle City Council committee will hear a briefing on the plans Tuesday.
Reducing pick-ups at single family homes and multifamily buildings not served by commercial providers would help reduce one key category of waste: SPU’s budget. Early cost reviews suggested a potential operational savings of up to 30% on garbage collection costs, SPU says.
As for savings for home and building owners, SPU says don’t expect much. “Customer garbage bill savings in most EOW scenarios are <10% because garbage bills also cover disposal, recycling, F&YW, customer service, administration, taxes, etc,” SPU’s presentation on the planning process reads.
As for when SPU might make such a change, the weekly service is baked into its service provider contracts through 2029, the department says, but it could roll out a “voluntary” option for customers interested in fewer visits from the garbage truck.
UPDATE: The mayor’s office wants it to be clear — “the Mayor does not support any efforts to reduce trash pickup service levels to the people of Seattle,” a statement sent to CHS about the committee hearing reads. Got it! Here’s a letter the mayor sent to council member Lisa Herbold about her stance on garbage pick-up.
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