Beyond the Cart

Recycling and compost giveaway events

Have stuff to recycle that doesn't go in your cart? Bring it to a Recycling & Reuse Collection event! We host six events a year to collect items for recycling and reuse that can't go in your home recycle carts or dumpsters. Events are free and open to all Seattle residents.

2023 recycling & reuse collection events

Saturday, October 14, 10 am to 1 pm *or until space is full* 
NOTE: No Early Birds! Customers cannot drop off items before the start time 
Rainier Beach Community Center 
8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Flyer for the October 14 Recycling event
Click to enlarge the event flyer

That is it for 2023 events! Thank you to our partners at WM and Recology for hosting these events.

Other options for recycling and disposal:

Accepted items:

  • Foam blocks
  • Household batteries (no damaged batteries)
  • Florescent tubes and bulbs (no broken bulbs, limit: 4 ft.)
  • Small, empty propane camping canisters
  • Small electronics (TVs, computers, etc.)
  • Small appliances (non-freon) 
  • Paper for shredding (limit: 4 boxes of paper)
  • Household textiles - clothing & curtains

Items not accepted:

  • Commercial loads
  • Furniture or household goods
  • Garbage
  • Yard waste
  • Household recycling (items that go in your cart/dumpster)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Automotive waste
  • Construction waste
  • Non-recyclable or reusable items
  • Car seats 
  • Mattresses

Free compost giveaway events

Saturday, September 30, 9 am to 1 pm *or until compost runs out* 
Magnuson Park - Park and Ride Magnuson Frog Pond
65th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
TO FIND THE LOCATION: Look up “Park & Ride Magnuson Frog Pond” in Maps or follow NE 65th Street past Sand Point Way NE, turning left after 65th Ave NE on the right (lot is across the street from USGS Western Fisheries Research Center).

Flyer for the event    Aerial map view of park & ride pickup location
Click to enlarge the event flyer and map.

These events will provide up to ½ yard of bulk compost to Seattle residents as a thank you for composting your food and yard waste, and to close the loop, by providing soil nutrients through finished compost.

Please remember to bring a shovel and container to load up your compost.

Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.