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It Pays for Businesses to Recycle

Seattle businesses with a commercial garbage account through one of the city’s solid waste contractors are eligible for the free two-cart recycling service.

Also, when you separate materials for recycling, your garbage container will likely be less full. Don’t pay to have empty space hauled away! Instead, ask your garbage hauler to reduce the size of your container and increase your savings even more.

You’ll also be following the law.  Seattle Municipal Code prohibits recyclable paper and cardboard in commercial garbage.

These two 64-gallon recycling containers can be used to recycle:

  • paper
  • cartons
  • flattened cardboard boxes
  • clean coated paper
  • glass bottles and jars
  • cans
  • aluminum trays and foil
  • scrap metal (less than 2 ft. x 2 ft. by 2 ft.)
  • lids (wider than 3 in.)
  • plastic bottles, jars and tubs
  • plastic trays, cups and containers
  • plastic plant pots
  • plastic bags (bagged together)
  • pill bottles (no prescription vials)

To sign up for this service, call your collection company.

CleanScapes: (206) 250-7500,

Waste Management: 1-800-592-9995,

The recycling containers will be picked up every two weeks. This service, while free, may not fit the needs of all businesses since collection frequency and container options are more limited. For a full list of local recycling service providers, visit Seattle Public Utilities’ Resource Venture.