Questions about what goes where? Check Seattle’s Where Does It Go tool. For other commonly asked questions, click through the links below.
Tips & Guidelines
Did you know food scraps, uncoated food-soiled paper and yard waste can be composted into a nutrient-rich soil amendment? Finished compost creates a valuable product used in parks, farms and gardens. Approximately 30% of all material that ends up in the landfill could have been composted instead. When you keep food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste separate from your garbage, you extend the life of our landfills and conserve resources.
|Put these types of materials in your food and yard waste cart:|
DO NOT place these items in your food and yard waste cart:
More information about what goes in your food and yard waste cart is available using Seattle’s Where Does It Go tool.
If you can’t reduce, recycle!
The following materials are accepted in your recycling cart. All containers must be clean and empty.
More information about what goes where is available using Seattle’s Where Does It Go tool.
Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are products that contain toxic materials that can be harmful to humans and the environment if disposed of improperly. Hazardous waste is not accepted in curbside garbage, recycling, or organics carts. Look for a label that may say CAUTION-WARNING-DANGER-POISON to determine if a product is hazardous. Empty containers may go in the garbage, with the exception of propane tanks.
Household hazardous waste items include, but are not limited to: toxic household cleaners, paint thinners, pesticides, mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs and tubes, electronic waste and car batteries.
Download the Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal flyer.
The King County Solid Waste Division operates two facilities that accept household hazardous waste from residents: the Wastemobile and the Factoria Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Service. The City of Seattle operates two additional sites within Seattle. Wastes collected at these sites will be recycled or disposed of properly.
Site Hours: Check King County webpage for hours and availability
Address & Location: The Wastemobile travels throughout King County. Check the Wastemobile schedule for the next date near you.
Factoria Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Site Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Closed: Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Address: 13800 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue
North Seattle Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Site Hours: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm *No appointment necessary.
Closed: July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Address: 12550 Stone Ave N, Seattle
South Seattle Hazardous Waste Facility
Site Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30am – 4:30pm *No appointment necessary.
Closed: July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Address: 8105 Fifth Avenue S, Seattle
Accepted items: For a complete list of what to bring and what not to bring, visit the King County webpage.
Visit the City of Seattle’s hazardous waste disposal information.
Electronic waste, or e-waste, including computers, monitors, and televisions, are not allowed in the garbage because they contain toxic materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment. There are several options for safe disposal of these items.
Please use Seattle Public Utilities Where Does It Go Tool for electronic waste disposal information.
You don’t. You take them back next time you go to the dry cleaners. That’s reuse which is even better than recycling. Please do not put wire or plastic hangers in your blue recycling bin; hangers jam equipment at the recycling plant. Recycling bins are for bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, and hard plastics, such as plastic cups and molded plastic packaging.
As of 2020, plastic bags and wrap are no longer accepted in curbside recycling bins. Please check with your local grocery store to see if they offer a take-back program. Many stores have such programs and offer easy drop off near the check-out counter. You can also visit https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/ to view a list of drop-off locations.
Holiday Collection Schedule
Recology CleanScapes operates regularly on all holidays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. If your collection day falls on or after one of these three holidays, your collection will be one day later that week.
For example, if your regularly scheduled collection day falls on Thanksgiving Day, Recology CleanScapes will collect your material on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. If your regularly scheduled collection day is Friday, your materials will be collected on Saturday.
The maximum allowed weight is 14,000 lbs due to safety concerns. If the debris box weighs more than 14,000 lbs, the container will be off-loaded at the customer’s expense. Materials such as dirt, concrete, bricks or other heavy materials add tremendous bulk and weight to the container.
View the Debris Boxes and Construction Services page to find container sizes, FAQs, and service brochures.
Residents who generate minimal garbage, or landfill bound materials be able to save money by reducing their garbage service level. Call your Recology company to see how they can “right size” your service based on material type and volume.
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Call 206.250.7500 or submit the following online forms:
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Login or register online to:
If you have not yet registered a username and password with Recology CleanScapes, you will need to do so to place online orders, view electronic invoices or make electronic payments. Registration only takes a moment. Follow these simple steps:
1. Locate your account number:
Your account number can be found on your Recology CleanScapes invoice. If you do not have an invoice handy, call customer service at 206.250.7500 to determine your account number.
2. Click “Login” at the top of this page:
Use your username and password to login to your Recology CleanScapes account. If you do not have a username and password follow the instructions below.
3. Register your account:
If you have not registered for a username and password, click on “sign up now if you have not registered before.” At the bottom of the registration form you will need to enter either an invoice number or the phone number we have on file. If you need to update the phone number, call 206.250.7500. When you have completed the form, click “submit.”
4. Check your email:
A confirmation email will be sent to your email. Open the email and click on the hyperlink to confirm your registration.
You can now return to the login page and use your newly registered username and password to login to your account. To place a new bag order, select the “Order Items” tab.
Visit Seattle Public Utilities Website or call 206.684.3000
Call 206.254.9950 or visit our online payment center to pay with a check or with a credit/debit card. Visa, MasterCard, and Discovery Card are accepted. Credit or debit card payments are subject to a transaction fee of 2.9%. Payments made by e check are not subject to a fee. Whether paying online or by phone, you will be asked to provide the following account information: Recology account number, invoice number, method of payment and payment amount.
Mail your check and invoice payment stub to:
Recology CleanScapes, Inc.
P.O. Box 34260
Seattle, WA 98124-1260
Automatic payment makes paying your bill easy. By enrolling in this service, your bill will be paid automatically from your checking account. Each billing period you will receive your bill via regular mail or, if you receive e-Billing, you will receive an email notification that your bill is ready to be viewed (see Billing Options, below). Ten days after your invoice or email notification is sent, your bill will be paid by automatic deduction from your bank account.
To sign up for this service, download and submit the request for automatic payment form and fax or mail the completed form as indicated on the form. Requests received by the 20th of the month will take effect on your next bill.
Past Due Accounts: An account is past due if payment is not posted by the due date on the invoice. Payments received on weekends and holidays will be posted on the next business day. A 1% finance charge per month will be applied to any past due amount. Failure to pay invoices by the specified due date can result in the suspension or cancellation of services and the submission of your account to an external collection agency. Recology reserves the right to remove containers if service is suspended for non-payment and you may be required to pay a cart/container redelivery fee to resume service. In order to restart ended services on a delinquent account, all charges must be paid in full, and you may be required to make a prepayment in order to resume service.
Returned Payments: If a payment is rejected due to incorrect information or insufficient funds, you will be charged a returned payment fee of $25.00.
Property Owners: Property owners and tenants are both equally responsible for timely notification of changes in occupancy and/or property ownership. The property owner is ultimately responsible for these charges unless he or she notifies Recology of a change in occupancy within ten (10) days of a tenant’s move-out date.
Billing Disputes: If you have questions and/or disputes about your bill or service, please call Customer Service at 206.250.7500 to speak with a representative.
Billing, Taxes, and Surcharges: Your bill includes all required taxes and surcharges.
Other Questions: For questions or comments about your service, please email us at [email protected] or call our Customer Service center at 206.250.7500.