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Service Updates 

Limited Access to the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center Starting March 25 

In accordance with Governor Inslee's emergency “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management is limiting access to the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center (3510 S. Mullen St.) starting Wednesday, March 25, until further notice.


Tacoma May Experience Possible Delays in Solid Waste Collection Services

The City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management is experiencing COVID-19 impacts, which may result in collection schedule changes for both residential and commercial customers.


Collection and Facility Updates

Updated April 3, 2020 and until further notice: All residential and commercial collection services are operating on schedule.


The Solid Waste Administration front office lobby at 3510 S. Mullen St. is closed for walk-in service. Please call (253) 502-2100 for the following services:

  • Request an additional pickup or an increase in service
  • Exchange a residential or commercial solid waste container 
  • Make a payment for a commercial container service 
  • Schedule a commercial container to be delivered to a job site. Once confirmed, a route supervisor will meet you in-person at your job site for delivery.

Effective Wednesday, March 25, access will limited to the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center, until further notice. No self-haul residential garbage, yard waste, or Call-2-Haul loads will be accepted at this facility. The Recycle Center, EnviroHouse, and Solid Waste front office lobby will be closed until further notice. However, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility will remain open to residential customers. 


Essential commercial solid waste loads, as defined by Governor Inslee's order, will still be accepted at the center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. These loads must be in excess of 1,000 lbs.


As Solid Waste Management continues to monitor this ever-changing situation, residents will be notified of schedule changes on the Recycle Coach app, and information will be posted on this page, or customers can call (253) 502-2100 for more information.



What Goes Where?

Residential customers can learn how to responsibly manage their waste using our new 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.


Solid Waste Services

The City of Tacoma’s solid waste utility provides curbside services to more than 58,500 residential and commercial customers in Tacoma.

We offer curbside garbagerecycling and food/yard waste services, as well as self-haul options for garbage, recycling, yard waste and household hazardous waste disposal at the Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center.

The City’s solid waste utility is committed to:

  • Providing prompt, considerate and reliable customer service in a professional manner.
  • Implementing processes and technologies to make our services fiscally sound and environmentally sustainable.

To meet these objectives, we work with the City’s wastewater and surface water utilities to achieve exceptional environmental practices that are cost-efficient and sustainable.



Sustainable Materials Management 

In 2014, the Tacoma City Council reaffirmed our commitment to wasting less by passing Resolution 38907 in support of the 70 percent waste diversion goal established jointly by the City of Tacoma and Pierce County in the Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan.


In 2015, Tacoma's Sustainable Materials Management Plan was created, followed by the 2016 Environmental Action Plan. Both plans aim to help our community achieve our waste diversion goal through recycling and other waste management strategies.


Sustainable materials management is an approach that examines the life-cycle of materials and products from raw material extraction to end of life (disposal) and recycling. It seeks to reduce environmental impacts by emphasizing waste prevention and materials management through all stages. Huge amounts of resources such as energy, water, minerals, and soils are consumed in the production, transportation and distribution phases. These activities have a tremendous impact on air, climate, and water quality. Recycling is one strategy helping our community make progress towards our goal of diverting 70 percent of our solid waste from landfills by 2028. Preventing waste in the first place helps even more. When we reduce waste at the source, produce with fewer toxins, and consume conservatively, we make more effective, efficient use of our valuable resources. For ideas on how you can waste less, visit our web page Waste Free 253.


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Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center Administration
Covers Call-2-Haul, garbage, recycling, and yard waste.
(253) 502-2100


Office Hours:


8 AM-4:30 PM


Facility Hours:


8 AM-6 PM


No self-haul residential garbage, yard waste, or Call-2-Haul loads currently accepted at this facility.


EnviroHouse (Closed)

(253) 573-2426

Household Hazardous Waste
(253) 591-5418


Facility Hours:

Closed Tuesdays through Thursdays
Open Fridays through Mondays from 8 AM to 6 PM