Reduce Reuse Recycle Rethink

Public Works Solid Waste Utility division has been working to reduce environmental impact and conserve resources. By implementing small changes to everyday routines like those listed below, residents can save money and protect the environment.


Water-efficient toilets use 60 to 80 percent less water than older models. In 2018, Renton residents updated 741 toilets. Residents may receive a $100 rebate by installing a qualifying toilet that uses 1.1 gallons or less per flush. 

Turning off the water while shaving or brushing teeth can save seven gallons of water. Installing an aerator can cut water use by 30 percent. Puget Sound Energy offers rebates

Shredded paper is no longer accepted in residential recycling or organics due to contamination issues. Shred documents with sensitive information and sign up for e-bills.

Renton Police Department’s Shred-a-Thon is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Boeing S1 Lot.


The free Renton Repair Event is Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Fairwood Library. Bring small household items, appliances and clothing for experienced craftspeople to repair. Registration is advised.

Contact Tom Watson at or 206-477-4481. 
The city’s annual Stop & Swap is a great place to find or drop off reusable household items for free! This year’s event is Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Renton Memorial Stadium’s south parking lot.


Plastic bags are no longer accepted in residential recycling as they contaminate materials. Recycle plastic bags, wraps and films at many stores, including all major grocery stores in Renton.

Recycle stained or torn clothes, shoes and linens. Wet, mildewed or contaminated items are not accepted.

Recycle paints including latex, water-based stains and clear finishes at Ace Hardware stores in Renton. Fee is per container: $2.99 for quarts, $4.99 for gallons, $22.99 for 5-gallons.


Prevent expensive repairs to your drain and sewer pipes by disposing of food scraps in the compost bin instead of the sink disposal. A build up of fats, oils and grease (FOG) from foods and cooking oil can cause problems in both residential and public sewer systems. If there is no access to compost, discard food scraps in the garbage.

Wash vehicles at commercial washes where wastewater goes to treatment plants. Water from vehicles washed in streets and driveways flows directly into storm drains and then into streams, rivers and lakes, contaminating waters.

Volunteer to install storm drain markers and distribute educational materials on Saturday, April 27 as part of the city’s Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration. Drain markers are an important reminder that only rain goes down storm drains. Register at .

Report oil or hazardous spills to 911 and all other spills to 425-430-7400. One quick call keeps neighbor-hoods and waterways clean and healthy.

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