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ANSWERS ABOUT CARTS & COLLECTION

Yes; Recology companies provide special services to residents who are physically unable to set their bins near the curb for collection. Please call your Recology company for assistance.

ANSWERS ABOUT COMPOSTING

ANSWERS ABOUT FOOD & YARD WASTE

ANSWERS ABOUT HAZARDOUS WASTE

Motor Oil

Recology CleanScapes will collect empty, small, disposable, camping-style propane cylinders or cans when pick up is requested. Please schedule a Special Recycling Item Collection or call 425.453.0220 to request collection.

We do not accept large propane tanks. If you have refillable propane tanks for your barbeque, make sure to reuse them or drop them off at a certified take-back facility. You can find local facilities by searching online.

Unwanted household hazardous waste can be dropped off at King County Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Centers. For more information download the King County Hazardous Waste Disposal Flyer or call the King County Hazardous Waste Hotline 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC-ED (869-4233). Please visit the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Putting loose sharps into the garbage is a health risk for solid waste workers. The best ways to dispose of sharps generated in the home is through a local pharmacy, a mail-in program, at your doctor’s office, or at a designated drop-off location.

Sharps

King County information is available at King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program website or by calling the King County Household Hazards line at 206-296-4692; or by emailing haz.waste@kingcounty.gov.

If the options above are not available, syringes may be disposed of in the garbage if placed in puncture resistant container such as a number two (2) PET pop bottle, with a tight fitting or taped lid and labeled “SHARPS, DO NOT RECYCLE.”

Contact your local pharmacy and ask about their “sharps” collection services. Many Bartell Drugs stores offer sharps disposal containers and will dispose of sharps/needles for a fee. Contact your local Bartell Drugs store for more information.

Purchase a postage paid, mail-in container. For more information on where to purchase, search for “sharps mail in programs” on your computer, ask your doctor, or contact the following companies:

BioMedical Waste Solutions
www.biomedicalwastesolutions.com
1-877-974-1300

GRP & Associates, Inc
www.sharpsdisposal.com
1-800-207-0976

Medasend
www.medasend.com
1-800-200-3581

Source: King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program

Fluorescent lights contain small amounts of hazardous substances and must be recycled separately from all other recyclables. Please DO NOT put them inside your recycling cart.

We offer free curbside collection of compact fluorescent tubes and bulbs (CFLs) for single-family residential customers in Bothell.

Single-family Residential Customers:

  • Schedule a Special Item Recycling Collection.
  • Wrap tubes in several layers of newspaper, secure with tape.
  • Put bulbs in plastic bag tied closed (or Ziploc® style bag).
  • Set bulbs on top of recycle cart (not inside).
  • Place well-wrapped tubes next to your recycling cart. Tubes longer than 4 feet will not be collected.
  • Limit: 2 tubes/bulbs per collection, 10 tubes/bulbs per year.


Drop off

Residential customers may also drop off fluorescent tubes and CFL bulbs at your nearest Recology Store Bothell.

LightCycle
Additionally, LightRecycle Washington is a program that allows individuals and businesses in Washington to recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day for FREE. You can recycle straight and curved fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and High Intensity Discharge Lights (HIDs) at authorized LightRecycle collection sites. Visit LightRecycle.org to find a collection site near you.

ANSWERS ABOUT MY ACCOUNT

Bothell customers may select from several different garbage container sizes and save money by recycling and composting more.

View full list of Bothell rates.

Need a large container?  Learn more about drop box services.

Our Waste Zero Team is here for you!  Visit our business services page to connect with a Waste Zero Specialist who will train your staff or tenants, provide signage and resources, and place containers for convenience.

ANSWERS ABOUT RECYCLING

ANSWERS ABOUT SERVICES

ANSWERS ABOUT SPECIALTY ITEMS

ANSWERS ABOUT TRASH

Yes, garbage in an overstuffed container will not loosen or fall into the truck when overturned. Compacting garbage too tightly into your container may also cause it to surpass its weight limit. Ordinary garbage produced by daily living will generally be within the container weight limitations.