Solid Waste Management Plan

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is required to develop a comprehensive solid waste management plan and update it every five years. This plan serves as a guiding document for the City's solid waste programs, including detailing all existing solid waste handling facilities within the city and 20-year estimates for needed future solid waste facilities. The plan also describes waste prevention programs, waste reduction, reuse strategies, recycling programs, and schedules for program implementation.

SPU operates under the 2011 Solid Waste Management Plan Revision, "Picking Up the Pace Toward Zero Waste" (2011 Revision).

The City is in the process of updating the 2011 Revision. You will have the opportunity to comment on the draft update through an online form. Check back later for a link to review the draft update and give your feedback.


Past Solid Waste Management Plans


Related Resources

Zero Waste Resolution: In 2007, the Mayor and City Council adopted the Zero Waste Resolution (Resolution 30990), establishing new recycling goals for Seattle and providing direction on waste-reduction programs and solid waste facilities.

Annual Waste Prevention and Recycling Reports: These reports detail the City's progress toward our recycling rate goals, waste generation and recycling trends, program highlights, and future plans.

Composition Studies: To better understand the types and quantities of municipal solid waste disposed, and to assess the City's recycling potential, SPU has conducted ongoing composition studies since 1988.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Study (Zero Waste Study): This study evaluated both new strategies and existing programs adopted under the guiding principle of "zero waste" as defined in Seattle's 1998 Solid Waste Plan, "On the Path to Sustainability."

Solid Waste Research Papers: Various research papers on topics ranging from single-use plastics, plastic pollution, food waste, and materials management.