Seattle Public Utilities

How to recycle

Reusable Lumber

In food and yard waste

Unpainted and untreated wood can go in the food and yard waste:

  • Pieces should be less than 4-inches in diameter and under 4-feet long to avoid extra fees.
  • Remove nails and all other non-wood materials.
  • Avoid extra charges – Break lumber and boards down so they fit in your bin with the lid closed.

In garbage

Painted or treated wood can go in the garbage:

  • All pieces must be less than 4-inches in diameter and under 4-feet long.
  • Avoid extra charges – Break lumber and boards down so they fit in your bin with the lid closed.

Drop-off locations

Donate or resell reusable lumber through building supply businesses that specialize in salvage or reusable materials.

Decrease waste: Choose reusable items or donate to thrift stores.