Seattle Public Utilities

Special Collection

Extra Garbage

What is extra garbage?

Extra garbage is anything that doesn’t fit into your garbage can with the lid completely closed.

Set out extra garbage for collection

Put extra garbage in a plastic bag or your own garbage can (up to 32 gallons), and put it next to your regular garbage. The maximum weight for extra garbage is 60 pounds.

Extra garbage charges

Effective April 1, 2018, $11.55 is charged for each extra bag, bundle or can (up to 32-gallons, maximum weight of 60 lbs). If you regularly have extra garbage, you may want to subscribe to a larger garbage can.

Bulky Item and Appliance Collection

Schedule a bulky item collection
Call SPU Customer Service at (206) 684-3000 to request a bulky item collection. The person(s) responsible for the Combined Utilities Bill must be able to authorize charges on the account.

Bulky item charges

Charges for bulky item collections will appear on your Combined Utility Bill as follows:

  • $30 per item.
  • $38 per item for items containing CFCs (such as refrigerators).

Curbside Electronics Recycling Pickup charges

Charges for curbside electronics recycling collections will appear on your Combined Utility Bill as follows:

  • $20 per pickup (3 item limit)

Get bulky items collected

Items must be placed outside on the customer's property, on a flat, level surface (no stairs) and easily accessible from the street. Items must be out at the collection point by 7AM the day following the call to schedule the pick-up, and will be collected within 5 business days (Monday through Friday only).

Bulky items include:

  • Appliances, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, dryers, trash compactors, air conditioners and washing machines.
  • Beds: box springs, mattresses.
  • Furniture, dressers, cabinets, tables, chairs, and sofas.

Restrictions on bulky items

  • For safety reasons, please remove any refrigerator and freezer doors that have latches.
  • Appliances and furniture cannot exceed 8 feet in length or 4 feet in diameter.
  • Electronic Waste cannot exceed 60 lbs, and 2’ x 2’ x 2’.
  • Items made of absorbent material must have a waterproof cover on rainy days.
  • Any item that is too large for the truck or is too heavy (more than 300 pounds) for 1 person to load will not be collected.

Missed Collections

For most residential customers garbage and food and yard waste is collected once a week, and recycle every other week. Collections can be missed because of an exception made by the hauler or the customer.

Collection Exceptions

The hauler may not collect for the following reasons:

  • Container was not put out for collection on time
  • Container was not placed in the correct location for collection
  • Container is overweight
  • Container is ‘contaminated’ with the wrong type of items for the service

The hauler will tag the container and note the account if any of these exceptions has occurred as reason for not collecting.

Addressing Collection Exceptions

Before reporting a missed collection, check your container for any of the exceptions mentioned above and address it by removing excess, or incorrect, materials from the cart. Once the exception has been addressed, set the cart out on the next scheduled collection day for pick-up.

Reporting Missed Collections

Missed Collections should be reported after 6:00 pm on your collection day, and within two business days of the Missed Collection.

If you report a missed collection, your account will be reviewed for any exceptions noted by the hauler. You will be notified of any exceptions and how to address it. If there are no exceptions noted on your account, a special collection will be scheduled for pick-up within 24 hours of receiving the report.

After missed collections have been reported multiple times for the same property, there will be an investigation to determine a solution. If the investigation into multiple missed collection reports determines customer error, a fee may be assessed for future special collections.

Report Missed Collection

Related links

Garbage Rates