Last week the Council got a briefing from Seattle Public Utilities and Zero Waste Washington on what’s going on with recycling in Seattle. Despite strong support for recycling here, there are some substantial challenges.
Continue reading The State of Recycling in Seattle
Yesterday Seattle Public Utilities briefed the Council on a pair of new contracts it has negotiated with Waste Management and Recology. And there’s a fair amount of good news.
Continue reading Garbage collection is about to get better, cleaner — and cheaper
Yesterday, Seattle Public Utilities briefed the City Council on their efforts to update the utility’s Strategic Business Plan. The news wasn’t good.
Continue reading SPU’s bad news: your bill is going way up in 2019
In this afternoon’s Full Council meeting, there are two agenda items. Both of them surfaced disagreements among the Council members, and both times an unlikely voting bloc emerged: Sawant and Harrell.
Continue reading The Council argues about things, and strange bedfellows emerge
Seattle generates a little over 300,000 tons of non-recycled solid waste per year. The contract for hauling away and disposing of all that garbage, under the auspices of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), has been in place since 1990 and runs until 2028. But the Council is now arguing over whether it should opt out in order to put it out to bid for the first time in over a quarter century.
Continue reading Council mulls over terms of solid waste disposal contract
Seattle Times, KING5, and The Urbanist report on yesterday’s Council approval of a permanent extension to the city’s plastic bag ban and new rules on tinting compostable bags.
MyNorthwest discusses the City Council’s approach to the Mayor’s budget proposal.
Seattle Times covers the Council’s approval of a new pay band for the head of Seattle Public Utilities.
Crosscut opines on the change of the city’s political tone to “Seattle nasty.”
MyNorthwest reports on AirBnB’s new ad campaign as it fights back against possible regulation.
State Scoop reports on Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller’s comments at a conference on how government IT procurement needs to change.
It looks to be a busy week, as the Council simultaneously kicks off the 2017–2018 budget development process and wraps up work on everything else.
Continue reading This week: budget kickoff
Yesterday Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities finally disclosed last week’s privacy leak.
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Continue reading City finally discloses last week’s privacy bug (UPDATED)