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What to do when you have too much stuff?

Seattle residents can always recycle as much as they want at no extra charge. Simply put additional recyclables in sturdy bins or boxes next to your recycling cart on your regular collection day. Remember to flatten empty cardboard boxes and do not put recyclables inside of bags. Carts need to be put out by 7 am on collection day.

Extra yard waste is charged $4.45 for each additional 32-gallon container or 4 feet by 2 feet bundle set out beside your city-provided cart. See suggestions for containers for extra yard waste. Bundles must be tied with natural fiber twine. No food waste is allowed in these extra units.

Before you throw it out, consider reusing, selling or donating the item if it’s in good condition.

Put extra garbage in a plastic bag or your own garbage can (up to 32 gallons), and put it next to your regular garbage. Customers are charged $8.60 for each extra bag, bundle or can. Recycling or food and yard waste containers containing garbage will not be collected.

Bulky items, such as a couch, dishwasher or mattress, can be collected for $30, or $38 per item for items containing CFCs (such as refrigerators). These are the same rates for sedans, station wagons, and sport utility vehicles at the transfer stations, so save yourself the trip and call (206) 684-3000 or go online at to schedule a bulky item collection.

Place your bulky items out for collection by 7 AM, Monday through Friday of the scheduled week of collection. Make sure the items are on private property (not curb strips) and are easily accessible.