Seattle Public Utilities

Recycling Rates

Recycling service is included in the garbage rate for free to Seattle residents. There is not additional cost for recycling service for residents.

Seattle recycles about 60% of municipal solid waste (MSW) and aims to recycle 70% by 2022.

Recycling:

  • protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness
  • reduces the need for landfills and incineration
  • prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials
  • saves energy
  • decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change
  • conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • helps sustain the environment for future generations