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A wide variety of materials from businesses can be recycled and reprocessed—such as scrap metals, building materials, office furniture, business electronics and phones—in addition to conventional recyclables like cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, and compostables.
The Green Business Program, a free resource provided by Seattle Public Utilities, provides free recycling and conservation assistance to all Seattle businesses. Call (206) 343-8505.
Seattle businesses can also request recycling service from any private recycling company. Many recycling companies will collect recyclable materials in a comingled all-in-one collection container. For referrals to private providers, contact the Green Business Program online or by phone at (206) 343-8505.
If your business doesn’t need regular recycling service, you can take accepted materials to the Transfer Stations. There is no charge for recycling traditional items like glass, metal and plastic. The transfer stations also recycle building materials, vehicle batteries, used motor oil and tires; fees may apply.
City ordinance requires recyclable materials, compostable materials, and yard debris be kept out of garbage. Garbage containers filled with more than 10 percent of recyclables and compostables will be tagged. After two warnings (pdf), businesses will be charged $50 for each violation.
If your building is in Belltown, Downtown, or Pioneer Square, containers may not be stored in the public right-of-way. Learn about the City’s Clear Alleys Program.
Even better than recycling is reuse, such as using building materials and architectural pieces that have been salvaged from construction and remodeling projects. Online exchanges can help your business find items you need or an eager buyer for your surplus goods.
Commercial Compost Collection costs less than regular garbage pickup. It diverts yard debris and food scraps from the landfill by turning them into compost for local parks and gardens.
Often, valuable materials can be recovered even from wastes that are hazardous—such as mercury-containing fluorescent tubes. For help on recycling and safe disposal of hazardous waste, call the Business Waste Line (206) 296-3976.
If you have a City of Seattle commercial garbage account, you are eligible for free cart recycling service. The service is limited to two (2) recycling carts, collected every other week. For more information, contact your garbage provider:
Recycling & Disposal Stations
Prohibition of Recyclables in Garbage (pdf)
Educational Tag (pdf) used when a significant amount of recyclables are found in a business’ garbage
Recycling & Composting Guidelines poster (pdf)
Document Destruction and Shredding Services - This document shredding directory provides resources for safely shredding and recycling paper
Recology - commercial recycling and compost collection services for businesses throughout the city of Seattle
Waste Management - commercial recycling and compost collection services for businesses throughout the city of Seattle
Republic Services - commercial recycling and compost collection services for businesses throughout the city of Seattle Cedar Grove Organics Recycling, LLC - a local compost collection company and a processor of organic compostable materials
E-Cycle Washington - for recycling of computers, monitors and TVs
Industrial Materials Exchange (IMEX) - online market of industrial by-products, surplus materials and wastes, run by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program - help on recycling and safe disposal of hazardous wastes
Second Use - a South Seattle retail store with vintage architectural pieces and salvaged building materials
The Reuse - in Ballard for salvaged cabinets, doors, windows, plumbing and lighting fixtures and flooring
Earthwise - in South Seattle for reusable building materials and architectural features