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Seattle Homebuilders Win: Trash Bin Storage Area Remains the Same

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in:
  • Building Codes
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

Late in 2018, your association was advised that Seattle Public Utilities was preparing to mandate larger storage areas for garbage, compost, and recycling bins, from 2’x6’ to 3’x6’—a 50% bigger area. The directive would have been applied to all new single-family home construction. SPU staff believed it to be a much-needed but “minor” adjustment.

For builders who are looking to build on tightly-constrained sites—which is most of Seattle—the increase in this storage area would have essentially made many lots infeasible and resulted in many fewer homes being built in a city that urgently needs new housing.

This week, your association met again with SPU staff and were advised that they have abandoned their push for larger storage areas. The current dimensions remain “for now.”

Contact External Relations Manager Patricia Akiyama, 425.457.7067, with any questions.


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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer