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Recycling

Face Masks or Cloth Face Covering Update (July 7, 2021):

Effective July 7, 2021, customer face masks are not required for anyone who is fully vaccinated.

 

Service Updates:

The Recycle Center is open to residential customers seven days per week, from 8 AM to 5:30 PM.


Recycling  

The Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance No. 28623 on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, approving changes to the City of Tacoma’s residential curbside recycling program. Visit the Recycling Changes web page to learn more.

 

Effective January 4, 2021, residential curbside glass recycling collection for customers in single-family homes and duplexes has been replaced with glass recycling drop-off stations throughout the city. Click the below button to learn more.

 

Click Here to Find A Glass Recycling Drop-Off Near You!

 

Play "Sort the Sound" Waste Sorting Game

Click on the image below to test your skills!

 

Sort the Sound game


Recycling Guides

The following recycling guides are available to view, print, or download:

   

Residential Recycling Guide

Recycle RightEnglish (8.5"11")  -  English (11"x17")

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11") Russian (11"x17")

  

 

    

Multifamily Recycling Guide

Multifamily RecyclingEnglish (11"x17")

Vietnamese (11"x"17")

Russian (11"x17")

(Additional languages coming soon.)


 


 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Recycling Guide

Commercial GuideEnglish (8.5"x11") - English (11"x17")

(Additional languages coming soon.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycle Center and Household Hazardous Waste Guide

Recycle Center GuideEnglish (11"17")

(Additional languages coming soon.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Goes Where?

Residential customers can learn how to responsibly manage their waste using our Recycle Coach "What Goes Where" tool! Use the search bar below to quickly and easily access disposal instructions and resources for thousands of items here in Tacoma.

 


I live in a single-family home or duplex

Recycle Right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English (8.5"11")  -  English (11"x17")

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11")  -  Russian (11"x17")

  

New Service: Contact a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org to set up your residential recycling service.

 

Rates: Currently, Tacoma provides co-mingled recycling service at no extra charge as part of your monthly garbage bill. Visit our rates page to learn more.

 

Notice: Effective January 4, 2021, changes have been made to Tacoma's residential recycling service. Visit our Recycling Changes web page to learn more.

 

Collection Schedule: Download the Recycle Coach mobile app, or visit our Collection Schedule web page to learn when to set out your bin.

 

Setout Guidelines:

  • Set out your bin by 7 AM on your scheduled collection day.
  • Place your bin's wheels toward the curb.
  • Position your bin at least four feet from any obstructions such as other bins, vehicles, telephone poles, fences, and buildings.
  • Remove your bin from the curb once the contents are collected.

DO NOT: 

  • Overfill your bin.
  • Set items outside of your bin.

 

Call a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 if your recycle bin is not picked up.

 

I live in a multi-family home (triplex or larger)

Download our multifamily recycling flyer to learn what belongs in your shared recycling bin.

 

Multifamily Recycling

 

Recycle Right Resources:

How to Recycle Right

Moving Guide

Solid Waste Resources for Residents

 

My building does not offer curbside recycling: 
Start the conversation! Talk to your property manager or HOA board on why recycling is important to you. They can set up a recycling program by contacting a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org.

 

My building needs help with our existing recycling program: 
We’re here to help! Your property manager or HOA board can contact our Multi-family Recycling Specialist for technical support on your building-wide recycling program. 

 

Technical support includes: 

  • Continuous waste audits and evaluation of service
  • Recycling flyers for staff and residents 
  • Recycling presentations from City staff
  • Large weather proof recycling posters
  • Free recycling tote bags 

I manage a multi-family property (triplex or larger)

The City of Tacoma offers multi-family properties commercial mixed recycling, commingle cardboard, and glass curbside recycling as a part of our commitment to creating a clean and healthy environment.

 

Multifamily Recycling

 

Recycle Right Resources

Recycling Program Checklist

Solid Waste Resources for Property Managers

New Resident Welcome Letter

New Recycling Program Letter

How to Recycle Right

Moving Guide

 

Contact a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org to set up a recycling program.

 

If you need help with your recycling program, contact our Multi-Family Recycling Specialist for technical support.

 

Technical support includes: 

  • Continuous waste audits and evaluation of service
  • Recycling flyers for staff and residents 
  • Recycling presentations by City staff
  • Large weather proof recycling posters
  • Free recycling tote bags 

Rates: Learn about rates for commercial recycling, garbage, and yard and food waste on our Rates web page.

 

Collection Schedule: Multi-family collection schedules vary by your location and recycling service. Contact a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org to learn about your collection schedule. 

 

Setout Guidelines: 

  • Set out your bin by 6 AM on your scheduled collection day.
  • Set the bin's wheels toward the curb.
  • Position your bin at least four feet from any obstructions, such as other bins, vehicles, telephone poles, fences, and buildings.
  • Remove your bin from the curb once the contents are collected.

DO NOT: 

  • Overfill your bin.
  • Place items outside of your bin.

Call a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 if your recycle bin is not picked up. 

I manage a commercial property (business)

The City of Tacoma offers local businesses commercial commingle cardboard, and glass curbside recycling as a part of our commitment to creating a clean and healthy environment.

 

Contact a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org to set up a recycling program or request technical support.

 

Commercial Recycling Flyers

The following commercial recycling flyers are available to view, print, or download:

 

Commercial Poster

English (8.5"x11")  -  English (11"x17")

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rates: Learn about rates for commercial recycling, garbage, and yard and food waste on our Rates web page.

 

Collection Schedule: Commercial collection schedules varies by your location and recycling service. Contact a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org to learn about your collection schedule. 

 

Setout Guidelines: 

  • Set out your bin by 6 AM on your scheduled collection day.
  • Set the bin's wheels toward the curb.
  • Position your bin at least four feet from any obstructions, such as other bins, vehicles, telephone poles, fences, and buildings.
  • Remove your bin from the curb once the contents are collected.

DO NOT: 

  • Overfill your bin.
  • Place items outside of your bin.

Call a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 if your recycle bin is not picked up.

 

 

Recycle Center PhotoThe Tacoma Recycle Center
Drop-off recycling is available to residents for free at the Tacoma Recycle Center. You can drop off any recyclable items, including those that cannot be recycled in curbside bins due to size or type of material. All recyclables must be separated.

Download the Recycle Center and Household Hazardous Waste Facility Customer Guide

 

 

  

 

Location:

Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center
3510 S. Mullen St.
Tacoma, WA 98402

 

Hours:

OPEN: Seven days a week, 8 AM-5:30 PM

CLOSED: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Recycling Questions

 

Where Does Our Recycling Go?

Commingled recycling collected by the City of Tacoma is sorted at JMK Fibers. This facility, located in the Tacoma Tideflats, uses both state-of-the art equipment and people to sort items and remove any garbage. Once sorted, the recyclables are baled, sold, and turned into new products. JMK Fibers is owned and operated by Waste Management, Inc. Recyclables that are collected at the Tacoma Recycle Center are pre-sorted as they are placed into the bins there. Then, the items are baled, sold, and turned into new products. 

 

How do the new international regulations on recycling affect Tacoma?

The majority of Tacoma’s recyclables are sold overseas, mainly in Asia. Many countries that import recyclables adopted strict policies regarding material quality. Materials that do not meet these requirements are rejected. There is low-to-no tolerance for dirty or improperly sorted items. More than ever, it’s important to emphasize quality over quantity and the need for clean recyclables. As a result of the new policies, the City of Tacoma, as well as many recycling programs across the United States, is facing increased costs to maintain its recycling program. 

Who do I contact for questions about recycling in Tacoma?
Contact Solid Waste Management at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org.