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Energy, Water and Recycling

Did You Know?

Grass needs about one inch of water per week (including rainfall) during summer and less during April/May, September/October, or when weather has been cool and cloudy. Find out how long it takes your sprinklers to apply one inch of water by placing tuna or cat food cans on your lawn. Turn on your sprinklers for 15 minutes and then measure the depth in each can to find the average depth.


Learn more about energy and recycling by exploring the interactive Tacoma Green Living Guide.


Green Living Guide Map


Energy and Water Conservation

Learn how to conserve energy and qualify for rebates through Tacoma Power and Puget Sound Energy.


Learn ways to be water smart through Tacoma Water.

Solar Energy

Residential solar is an easy and established option in Tacoma. Producers of solar energy are eligible for federal and state tax incentives, rebates, and regional support. Tacoma Power's Net Metering web page offers great resources and more information about setting up solar power at your home.

There was so much demand for solar energy from Tacoma residents that Tacoma Power now operates a Community Solar project with four 75-kilowatt systems. Local, clean energy is a great step towards a healthy and sustainable future.


Recycling Resources

Solid Waste Management offers curbside recycling for single-family homes, multi-family units, and commercial businesses. The Recycling Center also accepts a variety of recyclable items from Tacoma and Pierce County residents. To learn more about you can recycle and how to dispose of certain items, visit the Environmental Services Recycling page.

Recycling of yard waste and food waste is available through composting.

Need to dispose of electronics, or E-Waste? Recycling is available through E-Cycle Washington.