Recycling Basics


Make sure items are empty, clean and dry and place them loosely in your cart, without a bag.

Recycle these:

PaperNo glittery or metallic paper
Cardboardflatten boxes
Metalcans & pans
Glass Bottles & Jars
PlasticEmpty bottles, jugs, jars

Keep these out:

No plastic bags or wrapreturn to retail locations for recycling
No tanglerscords, cables or hangers
No food or liquidRecyclables should be empty, clean and dry
No textiles See drop-off locations below
No wrapperscandy, snacks

Household Recycling Guide

How to dispose of just about anything, responsibly.

Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling

Place these items loosely in the recycling cart, without a bag. Items must be empty, clean and dry. Once collected, these items are sorted by material, and then sold to manufacturers to make new products.

Glass jars

 

Empty, clean and dry.

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Glass bottles


Wine, beer, soda


Empty, clean and dry.

 

All color glass,

no corks please!

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Broken glass bottles & jars (only)

 

Use due caution; no other types of glass accepted.

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Aluminum cans


Beer, soda, etc.


Empty, clean and dry.

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Steel & tin cans

 

Soup, vegetables, coffee, pet food, etc.; peel-off lids and place lids in garbage


Empty, clean and dry.

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Aluminum foil

 

Must be completely clean of food; please ball to the size of a softball

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Aluminum pie pans & baking tins


Clean

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Metal cookie & biscuit tins

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Metal pots, pans, & lids


No teflon, glassware, or ceramic

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Cartons


Empty, clean and dry; lids should be removed. 

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Paper


Junk mail, letters, printer paper, holiday cards, envelopes, postcards

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Newspaper

 

No plastic sleeves

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Phone books

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Magazines & catalogs

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Paper bags

 

Reuse when possible

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Wrapping paper


No glittery or metallic paper

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Soft cover books


Donate them if in good condition

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Cardboard


Flatten boxes to save room; no greasy cardboard

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Shoe & gift boxes


No metallic foil or glitter; reuse when possible.

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Food boxes

 

Remove and discard plastic & foil liner bags before recycling

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Cardboard tubes


From paper towels, giftwrap, toilet paper, etc.

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Paper cups


Empty, clean and dry; cup, lid, and cardboard sleeve.


No items labeled compostable.

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Plastic cups


Empty, clean and dry.

 

Colored and clear cups accepted.

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Plastic bottles 

from the kitchen

 

Empty, clean and dry; leave caps attached.

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Plastic bottles

 from the bathroom

 

Empty, clean, and dry; discard pumps and nozzles because of the metal.

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Plastic tubs


Empty, clean and dry; leave lid attached

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Plastic jars


Empty, clean and dry; leave lid attached

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Plastic jugs

 

Empty, clean and dry; leave caps attached

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Plastic food containers


Empty, clean and dry.

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Remember to empty, clean and dry your recyclables. 

Food and liquid contaminate recycling and can cause recyclable materials to go to the landfill.

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Yogurt cups


Empty, clean and dry.


Remove foil lid and place in garbage.

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Plastic egg cartons



Cardboard egg cartons go in the compost cart. Styrofoam egg cartons go in the trash.

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Plastic
takeout containers

 

Empty, clean and dry; no styrofoam

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Kitty litter buckets and jugs 


Empty, leave caps attached

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Plastic plant pots


Empty, clean and dry

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Plastic laundry baskets, & crates

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Vitamin & supplement bottles


No prescription vials/bottles. 

Safely dispose of unused medication at three locations in Shoreline.

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PVC pipe


White only

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DROP-OFF RECYCLING

DROP-OFF RECYCLING

These items cannot be recycled in your recycle cart. Participating in these programs conserves landfill space and reclaims resources. Thank you for being resourceful!  Please Note: Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the Recology Shoreline Store is temporarily closed until further notice

Plastic bags & wrap


Soft plastics are not recyclable curbside.  


Reuse if possible.


Drop off locations

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Bubble wrap


Soft plastics are not recyclable curbside.  


Reuse if  possible


Drop off locations

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Packing pillows


Soft plastics are not recyclable curbside.  


Deflate/pop pillows and take to Drop off locations.


Drop off locations

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Bicycles & Bicycle Parts


Limit 3 bicycles per day


Drop-off locations

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Textiles, clothes, rags, shoes


Donate items in good condition


Request Special Item Collection with Recology


Drop-off locations 


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What happens to recycled textiles? 

Industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more are made from recycled textiles.

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Books


As always, consider donating items first, recycle as a last resort. 


Drop-off locations

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Wood Pallets


Must be free of paint, preservatives, metals, concrete, etc., and less than 8' in length and less than 2' in diameter


Drop-off locations

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Can’t make it to a drop-off location?

Check out these pickup recycling services!


Recology provides free curbside pickup for many hard to recycle items.

Ridwell provides home pickup service for a fee.

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Eyeglasses & Sunglasses


Drop off locations




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Hazardous! Special handling required.

Hazardous! Special handling required.

These items are hazardous and should never be placed in curbside carts. Safe disposal options are provided for each. Please NoteDue to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the North Seattle Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will be temporarily closed from 3/26/20 until further notice

Household chemicals & cleaning solvants


Bug sprays, stain, acetone nail polish remover, bleach, and other hazardous chemicals


Drop-off information

special handling required
special handling required
special handling required

Use caution when disposing of broken fluorescent

light bulbs...

Here's how to do it safely:

 

epa.gov

special handling required

Electronics

 

TVs, computers, monitors, tablet/e-readers, etc.


Request Special Item Collection with Recology


Drop-off locations

special handling required

Oil-based paints & stains


Drop-off locations




special handling required

Needles (aka: syringes, sharps)



Drop-off locations


special handling required

Automotive  fluids, batteries, and filters


Drop-off locations



special handling required
special handling required

Medication


Never flush medications. 


Drop-off locations

special handling required
special handling required

BULKY ITEM PICKUP

BULKY ITEM PICKUP

For large items that do not fit or belong in your carts, like old furniture, appliances, or mattresses, you may schedule a Bulky Item Collection by calling Recology at 206-763-4444. Items must be placed at the curb. Service charges and disposal/recycling fees apply.

Large household appliances (except refrigerators/freezers)

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Refrigerators/Freezers 


Doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers.

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Furniture

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Mattresses/box springs

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Light bulbs, batteries and textiles, oh my!


Recology offers a Special Item Recycling program for certain items not accepted inside your recycling cart.

Contact Recology to request curbside pick-up. Learn more here. 



Drop-off at The Recology Store - Shoreline 

Learn more here.

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Compost

Compost

By composting your food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings you extend the life of our landfill and conserve resources. You may also save money on your monthly Recology bill by reducing the size of your trash can. No plastic, no metal, and no glass in food and yard waste carts. 

Weekly compost (food scraps/yard waste) collection is included for single-family Recology customers at no additional cost. To subscribe to compost service, contact Recology at 206-763-4444.

Yard trimmings


No stumps/limbs over 4′ long, 4″ wide; no soil

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Branches 


Under 4' long, 4" wide.

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Curious about noxious weeds?

Noxious weeds cannot be placed in your food and yard waste cart and should be bagged and placed in the trash can or brought to the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station.  Learn more here.

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Houseplants


No pots.

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Bouquets

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Food scraps


Vegetable, meat, dairy, shells, etc. 


Remove all stickers, bands, and ties.

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Prepared food

 

Meat, vegetables, bones, spoiled or stale food, etc.

If it's edible, it's compostable!

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Coffee filters & grounds

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Paper plates


Uncoated plates only

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What about plastic items marked compostable?

No plastic items are accepted in residential food and yard waste carts. 


Learn more about compostable plastic challenges.

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Napkins and paper towels

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Greasy pizza boxes


Compost the greasy parts and recycle the rest.

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Waxed cardboard


Waxed cardboard only, no plastic coating

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Greasy paper

 

Parchment paper, fast food bags, etc.


Grease-free paper should be recycled.

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Cardboard egg cartons


Remove stickers.

Plastic egg cartons can be recycled.  Styrofoam egg cartons go in the garbage.

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Untreated, unpainted, wood under 4’ long and 4” wide


chopsticks, popsicle sticks, tooth picks

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Recology will collect trees in January. 


Learn more. 

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Only certain brands of compostable bags are accepted in the compost cart...

Please refer to this list.

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GARBAGE

GARBAGE

This is the stuff that goes to a landfill and remains there for generations. Please reduce, reuse and/or donate these items whenever possible.

Frozen food bags


Plastic bags aren't accepted in the recycle cart.

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Plastic bags & wrap

 

Plastic bags, bubble wrap, and wrap from toilet paper and paper towels can all be recycled at many local grocery stores and the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station.

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Pet food bags


TIP: reuse these durable bags for collecting kitty litter and other heavy-duty waste.

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Coffee pods


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Hangers


Donate clothes hangers to a local thrift shop or return them to your dry cleaner.

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Vinyl

 

beach balls, shower curtains, inflatable toys, etc.

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Animal waste

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Incandescent light bulbs

 

Note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside - see the "drop-off recycling" section for disposal options.

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Chip & snack bags


Chip bags, candy bar wrappers, coffee bags, etc.

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All diapers

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Shredded paper


Document shredding events will commonly accept shredded paper for recycling. 

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Love your paper shredder too much?

Shredding paper is cool for security, but it makes paper less valuable for recycling. 



Only shred the necessary stuff.

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Drink pouches


Straws aren't recyclable either. 

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Prescription pill bottles

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All plastic utensils

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Garden hoses

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Straws

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Artwork, crafts


Enjoy it for as long as possible, but don't recycle it.  Paper with paint or glitter is not recyclable.

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Sticky notes

(aka: Post It® notes)


These are too small to recycle

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Facial tissues and toilet paper

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