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Tips for sorting garbage, compost and recyclables

Where Does It Go? (Garbage, Compost & Recycle)

Food & Yard Waste (Compost)

Bulky, special and extra items

Please contact us in advance of your next collection day to schedule bulky item collection. There is a $30 charge for each bulky item collected.

Bulky items include appliances, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, dryers, trash compactors, air conditioners, washing machines, beds, box springs, mattresses, furniture, dressers, cabinets, tables, chairs and sofas.

Special considerations for bulky items

For safety reasons, refrigerator and freezer doors with latches must have the doors removed. Appliances and furniture cannot exceed 8 feet in length or 4 feet in diameter. Items made of absorbent material must have a cover on rainy days. Items too large for the truck or too heavy for one person to load will not be collected.

Electronics waste recycling

Please contact us in advance of your next collection day to schedule electronics collection. Each electronics waste collection pickup includes up to 3 items. There is a $20 charge for electronics waste recycling.

Christmas tree collection

All undecorated Christmas trees will be picked up on food & yard waste collection days at no charge from December 26 through January 31. Place the Christmas tree in the same location that food & yard waste carts are set out for collection. Trees must be trimmed to six feet or shorter, and branches to less than four feet. Any objects such as stands, lights, ornaments and bows must be removed prior to collection.

Adorned and plastic trees will be charged as extra garbage. Trees collected after January 31 will be charged as extra yard waste.

Extra garbage

Any garbage that does not fit into your container with the lid completely closed is extra garbage. Each bag of extra garbage is charged at a rate of $10.60 per bag. You can place extra garbage in a plastic bag or your own garbage can (up to 32 gallons) and put it next to your regular garbage. The maximum weight allowable for extra garbage is 60 pounds.

If you regularly have extra garbage, consider upgrading to a larger container size.

Used motor oil recycling

Used motor oil can be recycled on your regular recycle collection day. The oil needs to be poured into a plastic jug with a tight fitting, screw-on lid. The jug needs to be labeled with your name and address. Place the labeled, sealed jug next to your recycling cart on collection day.

Sharps, needles, and syringe disposal

We do not collect sharps. It is illegal to dispose of hypodermic needles, lancets, and syringes in solid waste containers.

Many healthcare providers accept sharps from patients for disposal. Place all “sharps” in a rigid container that is one gallon or less in size (like a plastic soda bottle). Seal the lid, tape it closed, and clearly label “SHARPS, DO NOT RECYCLE”. Alternatively, you may bring your sharps container to any of the following sites with a designated disposal box:

  • Intersection of Airport Way South and South Holgate Street
  • Intersection of 27th Avenue South and Cheasty Boulevard South (center median)
  • Fremont Canal Park: 199 North Canal St, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Freeway Park: 700 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Mineral Springs Park: 1500 North 105th St, Seattle, WA 98133
  • Roxhill Park: 2850 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98126
  • North or South SPU Transfer Stations    
Light Bulbs

We do not collect compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs or fluorescent tube lights; these bulbs contain mercury. You can look up a free bulb collection site: