Seattle Public Utilities

Garbage for Building Owners/Managers


Dumpster service is usually requested by apartments and condominiums, but it is also available to single-family homes and some mixed-use (commercial and residential) buildings.

Rates and starting service

Service is contracted for a minimum of six months, with various sizes and frequencies of collection available. See dumpster rates.

  • To request dumpster service, call Solid Waste Customer Service at (206) 684-7665.
  • For help in planning garbage services for new building projects, contact Angela Wallis at or (206) 684-4166.
  • As part of starting service, a Seattle Public Utilities inspector will meet with a building manager or owner to determine container size and location and collection frequency.
  • If you need to arrange garbage service for retail or other businesses (not apartment or condo buildings) deal directly with the commercial garbage provider for your area.
  • View the Solid Waste Rate Increases FAQ.

Tenant education materials

To keep garbage volumes lower, you can order tenant education materials (translated in several languages) about the many recyclable items.

Dumpster Placement

  • The dumpster(s) must be located on a flat, level, hard surface with unobstructed access to a paved street, alley or parking lot as approved by a Solid Waste Utility field representative and the collection contractor.
  • The dumpster(s) must be accessible by 7 a.m. on collection day(s), and not blocked or locked up.

Dumpster size

To help in your planning, please see:

Related links

What’s Accepted as Garbage
Recycling for Apartment Owners
Food & Yard Waste for Apartment Owners