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To have recycling service at your apartment, you must have a storage area that is:
Your collection contractor will advise you on the type and size of containers your property needs and your expected collection frequency. Depending on your property’s needs, you may have a combination of recycling carts and dumpsters. Glass is accepted in your combined recycling containers. You can re-label your old glass container for use for combined recycling, or you can call (206) 684-7665 to request removal.
28w x 30d x 43h inches
1 cubic yard
78 x 30 x 40 inches
1 ½ cubic yard
78 x 35 x 40 inches
2 cubic yard
78 x 41 x 41 inches
Recycling materials usually make up about half of the garbage volume. Most units generate about one 32-gallon can of recycling every two weeks.
For example, a 14-unit building might require the equivalent of about 14 cans for weekly garbage collection (or 2 cubic yards per week) and 14 for every other week recycling collection (or 2 cubic yards every other week).
Most apartment buildings and houses have their recycling collected every other week. Apartment recycling can be collected once a week or once a month depending on the building and hauler.
If your property’s recycling often fills up before collection, you can call SPU Solid Waste Customer Service at (206) 684-3000 to increase the size of your container or the frequency of collection.