Help Spring Clean Around The Neighborhood Saturday

Volunteers paint over graffiti during the 2013 Spring Clean

Volunteers paint over graffiti during the 2013 Spring Clean

This Saturday, April 4th, help participate in the annual neighborhood Spring Clean. Volunteers will go around Victory Heights to paint over graffiti and pick up trash.  Equipment will be provided for all the jobs, just bring yourself (and a friend!).  Meet up in Victory Heights Park at 9 AM Saturday.

Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, trash collection in Victory Heights will be on Fridays for the next two weeks, December 27th and January 3rd.

And after the holidays, if you should notice a dead tree in your house (sorry, an old Jerry Seinfeld joke), the city says Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

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 $8.60. 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.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 North 34th Street. The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 130 S. Kenyon St. The stations are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., other than selected holidays.

And speaking of the North Recycling and Disposal Station, it will be closed for two years after January 20, 2014 in order for a new station to be built in the same location. To learn more about the North Transfer Station Rebuild Project, visit the project website.

While closed, station users are encouraged to use the new South Transfer Station facility at 130 South Kenyon Street in South Park.

Trash Pickup On Friday This Week

As it happens every year the week of Thanksgiving, trash collection in Victory Heights will occur on Friday this week instead of the usual Thursday pick up. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. on Friday to ensure collection.

Customers can report a missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection by calling (206) 684-3000 or by clicking on “Report Missed Collection” at SPU’s web site, www.seattle.gov/util

Compost Your Giblets: Seattle residents can place all of their unwanted Thanksgiving leftovers, including green bean casserole, aspic, mincemeat pie, turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, fruitcake and paper napkins in their food and yard waste carts. The food scraps will be made into compost for local gardens and parks.

Don’t be a Turkey: Property owners are responsible for their side sewer connections to the city’s sewer system. Sewer clogs often happen during the holiday season when disposing of leftovers.  You can prevent this by pouring used dairy products, fats, oil, grease or greasy foods into a lidded container and placing it in the trash – NOT down the sink drain.

Normal Trash Pick Up On July 4th

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) reminds customers that normal trash pick-up will occur on Thursday, July 4th in Victory Heights despite the Independence Day holiday.  This includes food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections. Customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.  The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area will be closed on Thursday, July 4. The South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be open during regular business hours:  8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fireworks are banned in Seattle. Leaving unused fireworks around your house can be a dangerous to your children, pets, and your home. Fireworks, ammunition and explosives are NOT accepted at any of the local Household Hazardous Waste collection sites.  Call the Seattle Police Department at 206-684-8980 and an officer will collect them. Fireworks are not allowed within the City of Seattle limits and it is recommended that residents not transport them in their vehicles.

Everyone have a happy, safe (and hopefully cooler) 4th of July!

 

Join In On Neighborhood Cleanup May 25th

Ardith Lupton, President of the Victory Heights Community Council, is organizing a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 25th.  She has ordered supplies for one dozen volunteers to help clean up the neighborhood.  The kits include paint for graffiti removal, grabbers to pick up trash and trash bags along with vests.

Despite being over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, she says, “Hopefully there will be plenty of neighbors who will stay ‘in Town’ and want to participate.”

Unfortunately, it does not include improving the traffic circles and replanting flowers, etc., although residents could vote at Tuesday’s meeting about spending some money from the treasury to purchase flowers for select circles if someone wants to do some planting.

Ardith will be the point person and will meet volunteers in front of the Pre-school building in Victory Heights Park at 9 am on the 25th to get started.

Friday Trash Days And Tree Composting Next Two Weeks

You’ve probably already noticed no trash or recycling pickup occurred today, that’s because we’re on a Friday schedule in Victory Heights this week and next due to the holidays. Also, the city reminds us, “residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their Christmas trees and holiday greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 13, 2013. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.  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 twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.”

City residents can also take trees free of charge to the North and South Recycling stations (1350 North 34th Street is the closest) until January 13th.

Trash Pickup In Victory Heights On Friday This Week

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) reminds residents who usually have their trash picked up on Thursday (like most of Victory Heights) that due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the pickup will be on Friday this week. Recycling and disposal stations will also be closed on Thanksgiving.

Here are some fun facts:

What’s Seattle’s least liked Thanksgiving dish? Last year, giblets edged out green bean casserole and aspic as the dish Seattle residents would most likely put in their food and yard waste cart after the holidays.

Seattle residents can place all of their unwanted Thanksgiving leftovers, such as turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, fruitcake and paper napkins in their food and yard waste carts. The food scraps will be made into compost for local gardens and parks.

Don’t be a turkey- keep sewers fat-free! Property owners are responsible for their side sewer connections to the city’s sewer system. Sewer clogs often happen during the holiday season when disposing of leftovers.  You can prevent this by pouring used dairy products, fats, oil, grease or greasy foods into a lidded container and placing it in the trash – NOT down the sink drain.

Keep storm drains clear: To help prevent street flooding, the city is asking Seattle residents to remove leaves from storm drains in their neighborhoods with a rake or broom (if it can be done safely), collect fallen leaves in their yards, and compost or properly dispose of them in yard waste containers.

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