Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) wants to hear from businesses about waste reduction, recycling, and other solid waste services. The 2011 draft revision of Seattle’s Solid Waste Management Plan is available on SPU’s website: www.seattle.gov/util/SolidWastePlan.
The Solid Waste Management Plan describes the roadmap that will guide Seattle to its goal of diverting 70 percent of all municipal solid waste away from the landfill. The current timeline to achieve this rate is 2025, but the draft plan proposes moving the time frame up to 2022.
“This revised plan further strengthens the key concepts of zero waste, waste prevention, sustainability, and product stewardship – which were initially developed over a decade ago by a wide group of stakeholders,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “The public comment process is how we work together, as a city, to figure out how to get there.”
City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee, adds, “Citizen action is what has spurred Seattle to become a national leader in recycling and composting. I’m confident that the input provided by the people of Seattle will further improve a plan that continues to guide the City well.”
SPU is providing a variety of ways for people to provide input: an online survey at www.seattle.gov/util/SolidWastePlan; a dedicated e-mail address at SolidWastePlan@seattle.gov; and working with business groups to share information and gather feedback.
Read the full Seattle Public Utilities press release here.