Programs & Policies

Seattle takes its waste reduction seriously, with a range of programs, services, policies and regulations to help reach our goals for reducing, reusing and recycling.

Programs & Policies


Recycling information in one handy place - for your home or apartment.

Reduce and Reuse

Resources to help you reduce waste (eliminate junk mail, for example) and buy or donate used items.

FAS Green Purchasing

The City of Seattle's commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and reducing greenhouse gas emissions when buying goods, materials, services, and capital improvements.

Salvage & Deconstruction

Deconstruction involves disassembly of a building by a crew of people. Items of value, such as doors and cabinets, can be kept intact and materials can be separated by heavy equipment and salvaged for reuse or recycling.

Codes & Regulations

Food Service Packaging Requirement

Rule requires all food service businesses - restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops and institutional cafeterias - to replace all food service products designed for one-time use with products that are either compostable or recyclable.

Plastic Bag Ban

Prohibits all Seattle retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout (shopping) bags/

Strategic Plans

Solid Waste Plan - Seattle Public Utilities

The updated Solid Waste Management Plan describes how the City of Seattle will manage waste for the next 20 years, including recycling, composting and other zero waste strategies.