What’s Accepted as Garbage
YES! Goes in the Garbage
OK in home garbage or at Recycling & Disposal Station with special preparation:
- Animal waste - Double-bag or seal in leak-proof container.
- Disposable diapers - Flush excrement down toilet. Put diapers in a bag and place in garbage.
- Ashes, sawdust, litter and other loose material - Place in a sealed box or bag. Cool ashes before disposal.
- Alkaline batteries (AA, C, D, 9v, etc.) - Can go in garbage, as they no longer contain hazardous compounds. Rechargeable batteries are not accepted.
Only accepted at Recycling & Disposal Station with special preparation or fee:
- Syringes and other sharps.
- Wood - Untreated wood can be recycled.
- Building materials - Often can be reused rather than discarded.
- Carpet - Accepted for a fee. Better to sell, exchange or donate.
- Tires - 4 per trip limit; fee applies.
- Used motor oil - 5 gallon limit per trip. Must not be contaminated with solvents or other wastes. Two oil filters per trip are accepted.
- Vehicle batteries - accepted for recycling at no charge.
- Metals - Cans, lawnmowers and scrap metal are accepted, but other items are not.
- Metal Barrels, drums, cans & tanks.
- Contaminated soil - Large quantities can only be accepted with a Waste Clearance form from the Health Department. Call (206) 263-8528 for information.
- Rocks, rubble, slabs - Must not exceed 200 pounds and/or 2 cubic feet per piece.
Contact your building manager to arrange a bulky item pickup or take to a Recycling & Disposal Station:
If in good condition, these items may also be sold, donated, or given away.
See Reduce, Reuse, Exchange
NO! Does NOT Go in the Garbage
Goes in Recycling Cart
- Plastic shopping, drycleaner and newspaper bags (no produce bags) that are clean and stuffed together in one bag
- Plastic bottles, jugs & tubs (no lids)
- Glass bottles and jars (no lids)
- Metal cans
- Paper (clean and dry)
- Milk, juice, soup, & ice cream cartons (rinsed)
- Cardboard (unwaxed, flattened)
Goes in Food and Yard Waste Cart
- Food scraps except meat or dairy (also allowed in garbage can)
- Food-soiled paper (also allowed in garbage can)
- Plant material
- Leaves, tree trimmings and branches (up to 4 feet long and 4 inches in diameter)
- House plants (no pots)
- Small amounts of sod (less than 60 pounds)
- Holiday trees (undecorated; up to 6 feet long and 4 inches in diameter)
- Extra yard waste can be tied with twine in bundles up to 4 feet long and 2 feet in diameter and placed alongside your cart