Seattle Public Utilities

How to recycle


In recycling

  • Metal parts larger than 3-inches go in the recycling.

Next to bin – no charge

  • Large metal parts can be put at the curb for pickup on your recycling collection day.
  • These must be bundled or tied.
  • The maximum size is 2-feet on all sides.

In garbage

  • Metal items with plastic, wood, or rubber attached
  • Metal items that are smaller than 3-inches

Curb-side pickup

Call SPU Customer Service at (206) 684-3000 to request bulky item collection. Fees apply.

Drop-off locations

  • All metal, except car parts, is accepted as recycling at city transfer stations. There is no charge for recycling at the transfer station.
  • Maximum size is 8-feet long.
  • There is a charge for appliances, limit 2 per load.

Decrease waste: Choose reusable items or donate to thrift stores.