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.

2023 Recycling & Reuse Collection Events

Saturday, May 20, 9:00AM – 1:00PM *or until space is full* 
Phinney Neighborhood Association
6532 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 

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Keep checking back as more dates and locations are added! Thank you to our partners at WM and Recology for hosting these events.

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

Saturday, April 22, 9:00AM – 12:00PM *or until compost runs out* 
South Seattle College, North Parking Lot
1600 16th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98106 

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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.