Beyond the Cart

Recycling and compost giveaway events

Have stuff to recycle that doesn't go in your cart? Bring it to a Recycling & Reuse Collection event! We host six events a year to collect items for recycling and reuse that can't go in your home recycle carts or dumpsters. Events are free and open to all Seattle residents.

2024 Recycling and Reuse Collection Events

Saturday, March 9, 9 am – 12 pm
West Seattle at South Seattle College
North Parking Lot, 5649 16th Ave SW, 98106

Saturday, May 11, (time TBD)
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
10005 32nd Ave NE, 98125

Saturday, May 18,  8:30 am – 1 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Lower Parking Lot, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 98103

August/September Event, (details TBD)

Saturday, October 12, 10 am – 1 pm
Columbia City, Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S, 98118

October Event, Capitol Hill (details TBD)

Other options for recycling and disposal:

Accepted items:

  • Foam blocks
  • Household batteries (no damaged batteries)
  • Florescent tubes and bulbs (no broken bulbs, limit: 4 ft.)
  • Small, empty propane camping canisters
  • Small electronics (TVs, computers, etc.)
  • Small appliances (non-freon) 
  • Paper for shredding (limit: 4 boxes of paper)
  • Household textiles - clothing & curtains

Items not accepted:

  • Commercial loads
  • Furniture or household goods
  • Garbage
  • Yard waste
  • Household recycling (items that go in your cart/dumpster)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Automotive waste
  • Construction waste
  • Non-recyclable or reusable items
  • Car seats 
  • Mattresses

Free compost giveaway events

Check back in February for 2024 event information

These events will provide up to ½ yard of bulk compost to Seattle residents as a thank you for composting your food and yard waste, and to close the loop, by providing soil nutrients through finished compost.

Please remember to bring a shovel and container to load up your compost.

Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.