Seattle is a city famous for its beauty and architecture, and we of course wonder what makes this city in Washington, USA so peaceful to see. Yes, there might be other elements, but their cleanliness is also beyond awesome.
The government has full control over all the streets and garbage is collected house-by-house in the city, just like most cities in the USA.
This blog covers all about the trash program in Seattle, the trash collection schedule and other instructions which the citizens need to know.
Seattle Trash Schedule
The garbage pickup takes place on a regular basis and the day depends on the area you live in. To find your collection day, contact the waste department using this number +1 (206) 684-3000. In case of any complaint or if your trash hasn’t been pickup up according to the schedule, call at the same number.
There is also an application made by the government named as Seattle Recycle & Garbage which reminds you of your pickup day and gives you your schedule.
Android users can download the app from the following link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.seattle.recollect.waste2&pli=1 and iPhone users can get the app by opening the given link https://apps.apple.com/app/id1371067188\.
Public holidays that pause garbage collection
Following public holidays will result in the garbage being not collected from your houses.
- Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
- Christmas Day (December 5)
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
The schedule of these days is shifted to the next day and the rest remains the same. Other holidays like Martin Luther King Jr Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day, Memorial Day etc do not change the schedule and the trash pickup happens on the same timings.
Dispose of food items
Almost all kinds of fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products and other food items can be decomposed and used as fertilizers.
This stuff can be done at home by either putting the food into a decomposable bag and then throwing the waste into the container or putting your food residue in a bag and then refrigerating it till the collection day in order to avoid smell. Boxes containing liquids like milk carts should be emptied first and then thrown inside the garbage.
Not all goods should be thrown in waste. Instead, one should recycle all the items which can be done, including all the dry paper products like newspapers and magazines, cardboard boxes or other things made out of cardboard, glass jars and small glass items, plastic bottles and containers, Metal cans used for storing food and liquids (emptied).
Moreover, Plastic bags should also be recycled but instead of throwing them in the container, one must take them to the nearest drop-off location.
Seattle bulk waste
Waste too large to be thrown inside the cart is termed as bulk waste. It may include carpets of certain sizes, beds and other large goods. Such waste should be put aside the container and one should schedule a date for bulk pickup beforehand.
Each item one is throwing costs differently and one can ask for all the details about bulk pickup from the same number (206) 684-3000.
Cost of different wastes
Different items you are throwing cost differently. The smallest items cost nearly $5, however, the price keeps on increasing as the size of the items increases. For boxes of small items like small lamps and other electronics, the price is $20. Large TVs, large furniture like computer chairs, the cost per item pickup is $30. Refrigerators, air conditioners and other appliances containing CFCs cost $38 per pickup.
Transfer Stations in Seattle
Transfer stations or landfills are the areas where all the waste is taken. Residents have the facility to take their goods to the transfer stations and then put each item in the correct place.
Transfer stations are open to the citizens from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. all days of the week, except for the first Wednesday of the month, at which the timings are changed to 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You’ll see a QR code there, scanning which opens a feedback form, where you can give any positive or negative reviews about the station you visited.
You can also write if you want to change anything about the landfill. Two garbage stations in Seattle are North Station at 1350 North 34th Street, Seattle 98103, and South Station at 130 South Kenyon Street, Seattle 98108.
Goods accepted at Transfer Stations
Following things are accepted to be taken at a landfill. Items taken at the landfill cost differently. Payment can be given through cash, check, mastercard or a visa.
- Household waste
- Appliances to be thrown in waste
- Recyclable items like paper, cardboard etc
- Vehicle parts like tires
Goods not allowed at Transfer Stations
Following things are not allowed at a landfill.
- Waste chemicals
- Radioactive and dangerous wastes
- Weapons and fireworks (Scrap Ammo)
- Dead animals should be taken only if you have consulted with the government in advance