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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.

2023 Recycling & Reuse Collection Events

We're working on planning our events for 2023. Check back here in February for more updates. Masks and maintaining social distancing when dropping off materials at the events will be required.

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

We are working on scheduling events in 2023 to provide free bulk compost to our customers and the community.  Masks and maintaining social distancing when picking up compost are required.

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
SPUCustomerService@seattle.gov

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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.