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The Recycling Center accepts clean, separated recyclable items from City of Tacoma and Pierce County residents, as well as from businesses with small truckloads of material. There is no charge to use the Recycling Center.
Recycling Center hours / directions
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Styrofoam blocks now accepted at the Recycling Center
The City’s Recycling Center (Tacoma Landfill) now accepts clean and dry #6 Styrofoam blocks for recycling from residents and businesses in Pierce County. Solid Waste Management’s new recycling machine chops, heats and presses the StyrofoamTM into 40-pound blocks. The blocks can then be recycled into products such as plastic TV and computer casings.
At the Recycling Center, packing peanuts should be placed in a separate bin. Foam and Styrofoam food containers are not accepted.
Accepted items at the Recycling Center
Before recycling anything, see if it can be reused, repaired or donated first. Below is a list of items accepted for recycling or donation at the Recycling Center. Unlike curbside collection, you must separate your recyclables and place inside individually-marked bins as they are listed here. Please remember to rinse out bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, cans and other items that may have food residue.
Magazines and catalogs
Plastic-coated food boxes and cartons
Plastic bags (grocery, department store, dry cleaning)
Put into one bag and tie at the top
Pop, water & juice bottles
Clear plastic bottles or jugs
Colored plastic bottles or jugs
Uncolored plastic bottles or jugs
Plastic tubs, jars & trays
Tin & aerosol cans
Aluminum cans, clean foil and trays
Clear glass bottles & jars
Brown glass bottles & jars
Green glass bottles & jars
Blue glass bottles & jars
Red glass bottles & jars
Packing peanuts (contained in securely tied bags or boxes with lids)
#6 Styrofoam blocks
Scrap metal (30 lbs or under and less than 4 feet in length or width, no lawnmowers)
Inkjet or laser printer and toner cartridges (empty)
Separate into three bins: 1) Household 2) Ni-Cads 3) Other
Cell phones, batteries, chargers
Other cell phone recycling locations:
- Tacoma Public Utilities lobby
3628 S. 35th St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F
- Tacoma Municipal Building (2nd floor lobby)
747 Market St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F
Accepted for donation
Click on the items to learn more about these donation opportunities at the Recycling Center.
Reusable clothing, household goods and furniture (Goodwill)
If you have a question about something not listed, e-mail email@example.com, or call (253) 591-5543 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Recycling Center hours & directions
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., every day
(Closed: New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)
The Recycling Center is located at the Tacoma Landfill
3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma, WA 98409
- From I-5: Take Exit 132 and merge onto SR-16. Take the Center Street/Fircrest exit. At the traffic light, go straight onto South Mullen Street and follow the road until you reach the landfill.
- From Orchard Street: Turn onto South Center Street going east. Turn right onto South Mullen Street and follow the road until you reach the landfill.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (253) 591-5543 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Computer and other electronics are not accepted for recycling at the Recycling Center. However, complete computer systems that work (no monitors) are accepted for donation at the Goodwill station, located at the Recycling Center.
Find complete information on other ways to donate and recycle your electronics.
Reduce and reuse before you recycle
While recycling practices increase, the total amount of waste generated continues to climb. Currently, Washington residents produce an average of 7.5 pounds of waste per person each day, compared to 7 pounds a day in 2003.
In addition to your current recycling habits, go a step further and learn ways to reduce the amount of waste you generate in the first place and how to reuse perfectly good items before they’re recycled or thrown in the garbage.
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