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Public Litter & Recycling Cans

To help keep Seattle clean and to support the City of Seattle’s goal of 75% recycling by 2025, Seattle Public Utilities puts litter and recycling containers in areas of the city with lots of foot traffic.

The cans in most areas are serviced two to three times a week; high-traffic areas may be serviced daily. To find out when cans in your neighborhood are serviced view the Schedule of Litter Can Pick-Ups (pdf).

To report problems with public place litter or recycling cans, call the Hotline at (206) 615-1700. Please note: Due to budget constraints SPU is not installing additional containers at this time.

Public Place Litter Cans

SPU has placed more than 800 green litter cans around Seattle’s business districts for use by shoppers and other visitors to those areas. These cans are not intended for trash or yard waste belonging to businesses or residents in the area. Their intended purpose is to reduce street and sidewalk litter.

Public Place Recycling

To help people recycle bottles and cans when they are out and about in Seattle, SPU has placed 300 blue recycling cans next to green litter cans in business districts across Seattle. Most are located downtown, but they can also be found in neighborhoods with high pedestrian traffic.

What can be recycled in public place cans?

  • Plastic Bottles
  • Glass Bottles
  • Aluminum Can
  • Tin Cans
  • Clean paper (including newspaper, magazines, mail)

Related Links

Event Recycling - for information on portable recycling bins at events throughout the city.