Residential Garbage Dumpster Rates

Multifamily building rates depend on the size and number of containers and frequency of pickup. Last year nearly 400,000 tons of recyclable and compostable material from Seattle went into the landfill. Buildings can reduce their need for garbage collection and save money by recycling and composting food scraps and yard waste.

You can request special collections for existing dumpsters to remove extra garbage. Call Customer Service at (206) 684-7665 to schedule a special collection.

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Regular dumpster collections rates

Effective April 1, 2020, the account fee is $43.80 per account. Effective April 1, 2019, the account fee was $42.50 per account.

Non-compacted material

Service TypeEach container, weekly pickupSpecial pickups, per container
  effective
April 1, 2019
effective
April 1, 2020
effective
April 1, 2019
effective
April 1, 2020
3/4 Yd $217.26 $223.77 $65.23 $68.43
1 Yd $243.78 $251.10 $73.19 $76.78
1.5 Yd $296.82 $305.74 $89.12 $93.43
2 Yd $349.86 $360.39 $105.04 $110.19
3 Yd $455.95 $469.68 $136.89 $143.60
4 Yd $562.03 $578.96 $168.74 $177.01
6 Yd $744.33 $797.54 $232.44  $243.83 
8 Yd $948.27 $1,016.12 $296.14  $310.65 

Compacted material

Service TypeEach Container, Weekly PickupSpecial Pickups, per container
  effective
April 1, 2019
effective
April 1, 2020
effective
April 1, 2019
effective
April 1, 2020
1 Yd $353.11 $363.68 $106.02  $111.22
1.5 Yd $460.82 $474.61 $138.35  $145.14
2 Yd $568.53 $585.55 $170.69  $179.06
3 Yd $783.95 $807.42 $235.37  $246.91
4 Yd $999.36 $1,029.28 $300.04  $314.76
5 Yd $1,214.78 $1,251.15 $364.72  $382.60
6 Yd $1,430.20 $1,473.02 $429.39  $450.45
8 Yd $1,861.03 $1,916.76 $558.74  $586.14

Other charges

Effective April 1, 2020, extra garbage collection and overload containers are $12.35 per bundle. Effective April 1, 2019, extra garbage collection and overload containers were $12.00 per bundle.

 

Additional dumpster rates information

Rate per pickup
Serviceeffective
April 1, 2019
effective
April 1, 2020
Roll Out (Container < 3 CY, more than 25 ft) $8.80 $9.05
Reposition Container ( 3 CY and larger) $8.80 $9.05
Entering Secured Buildings $5.90 $6.10
Compactor Disconnect/Reconnect Cycle $50.40 $51.90
Dumpster Lock Installation $120.55
Dumpster Lock Replacement $17.25

  • Disconnect/Reconnect Compactor Dumpsters - A disconnect/reconnect fee will be charged for each compactor dumpster collection where a driver has to perform the disconnection and reconnection.
  • Secured Access - A secured access fee will be charged for each collection where the driver has to use a key, FOB, or keypad to open a door or gate to access the garbage or recycle dumpster.
  • Rollout - A rollout fee is charged when a garbage or recycle dumpster (sizes 3/4 yd to 2 yd) has to be rolled >25 feet to the collection point at the curb or alley edge OR the agreed upon location on the property documented in the Container Location Agreement. Measurement is from the middle of the dumpster at the starting point, to the middle of the dumpster at the collection location. This fee is charged for each container, at each location, for each collection.
  • Repositioning - A repositioning fee will be charged for garbage and recycle dumpsters that are 3 yd or larger in size that the driver has to reposition in order to empty it.
  • Ancillary charges are for services performed above and beyond basic garbage or recycle dumpster collection. These direct and/or associated services include:
    • Disconnect/Reconnect Compactor Dumpsters
    • Secured Access
    • Rollout of dumpsters more than 25 feet to the collection point
    • Reposition dumpsters (3 yd or larger) for collection.
  • Prior to March 30, 2009, ancillary charges were applied only to commercial accounts. Beginning March 30, 2009, Council Bill 116353 passed Ordinance 122844 amending the Seattle Municipal Code to allow ancillary charges to be applied to residential, multi-family accounts.
  • Rates are based on direct and associated costs per collection occurrence. Customers may perform these actions themselves to reduce or eliminate the fees.
  • A Container Location Agreement (CLA) is needed if dumpsters are collected on the property.
  • If customers want to modify the container placement, an SPU Solid Waste Inspector will arrange a meeting to assess the property and update the Container Location Agreement, if necessary.
  • Questions? Call 206-684-7665 or email SPUSolidWaste340@seattle.gov.

 

Related links

Food & Yard Waste for Apartment or Condo Owners
Recycling for Apartment or Condo Owners