Garbage and Recycling

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Recology King County 

Public Works Department
4800 South 188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188 206.973.4763

Plastic bags are no longer accepted in the recycling and should be put into the garbage.  

Our Service Provider is Recology King County 

To set up new service or report a missed collection, please call Recology at 1-206-767-1166 or email them at

Recology King County provides garbage, recycling and food & yard waste collection for SeaTac households, businesses and establishments.

For residential customers, food & yard waste service is included with your garbage service at no additional charge!  Recycling service is provided at no additional charge.  For commercial customers, unlimited recycling service is now included with your garbage service at no additional charge!  

Changes to the Recycling Program

The SeaTac City Council approved a temporary rate increase for the City’s waste hauler Recology King County. The rate increase was driven by China’s new policy to no longer accept 50% of the world’s recycling materials.

Previously, SeaTac’s waste hauler sold a majority of its collected recycling materials to China.  The latest move by China, has caused the value of recycled materials to significantly drop and our local waste hauler, Recology King County, to request an increase in solid waste fees in order to remain solvent.

China stopped accepting recycling materials due to contamination levels. Contamination is caused when garbage and plastic films, such as plastic grocery bags, are left in recycling. Also, when plastic or metal containers, such as yogurt and soda cans, are not 100% cleaned of food or products, they are considered contaminated.

The SeaTac City Council responded in a few way to the soaring cost of recycling materials:

  • By passing a temporary rate increase that will be evaluated every six months.
  • By removing plastic bags/film from the list of acceptable recycling materials. 
  • By allowing Recology King County to enforce contamination standards on Multi-family and Commercial customers.

Information on what the contamination enforcement program looks like can be found on Recology King County's website.   

You can learn more about how China has impacted the recycling world and what you can do to help by watching this video.

Recycling, composting and garbage posters are available for free from Recology's website here. 

You can help. Please remember, all recycling needs to be EMPTY, CLEAN AND DRY, for SeaTac to continue to recycle our waste, save money and preserve our environment. 

Click here to see Solid Waste Contract including Amendment #1.  

Click here to see Contract Amendment #2

If you have questions, please contact Recology King County at 206.767.1166 or    



SeaTac Commercial customers' garbage service includes recycling collection service at no additional charge.  Customers will be able to select from several different garbage containers sizes and save money by recycling more or reducing waste altogether. Please help divert materials from the landfill by keeping clean recyclable materials, food and yard waste out of the garbage. 

For residential customers, your solid waste rates are based on the size of your can.  The smaller the can, the less you pay.  As you eliminate more recyclables and food & yard waste from your garbage container, you may be able to downsize to a smaller garbage container and a lower rate.  Recycling and food & yard waste are part of the basic residential curbside service at no additional cost.

Basic rates may be reduced by 50% if the principal residential customer meets the Recology CleanScapes contract designated low-income requirement AND is either a senior citizen (62 years of age or older) or receiving permanent disability benefits from Social Security or the Military (proof of permanent disability benefits required). Customers must register with the City (which forwards the information to Recology CleanScapes) to qualify for the 50% discount.  The resident has to occupy the residence and pay the bills.  Please contact Public Works Programs Coordinator Mason Giem at 206.973.4763 to find out if you qualify and if so, to set up an appointment to fill out the forms.

If you need help with your garbage/recycling/food and yard waste service, please call Recology King County at 206.767.1166 or call Public Works Programs Coordinator Mason Giem with the City of SeaTac at 206.973.4763 with any questions/complaints.

The following drop-off locations are for occasional recycling needs and are not to be used in place of regular curbside service.  Absolutely NO commercial drop off allowed.

Port of Seattle Noise Learning Center
19639 28th Avenue South


Bow Lake Transfer Station 
18800 Orillia Road South
Tukwila, WA
Telephone: 206.477.4466
Station Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 24 hours a day
Fri: 12 am - 11:30 pm
Sat and Sun: 8:30 am - 5:340 pm
Recycle Area Hours:
Mon - Fri: 6:00am - 8:00pm
Sat and Sun: 8:30am - 5:30pm

This facility is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Please view the Guide to King County Solid Waste Recycling and Transfer Facilities brochure, visit the  What Do I Do With…? website, or call Public Works Department at 206.973.4763.


Household Hazardous Waste

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program's provides hazardous waste disposal services and less toxic alternative options for residents and businesses.

Don't trash your hazardous waste!  Take it to the Wastemobile for free instead.  Ciscoe Morris gets a household hazardous waste inspection - what do they find?

South Transfer Station 
8105 5th Avenue South (South of the First Avenue South Bridge)
Seattle, WA 
Open Thurs, Fri. and Sat., 9:30am to 4:30pm, except major holidays.

For more information call the Household Hazards Line during regular business hours at  206.296.4692.

Residential Recycling Hotlines

King County Solid Waste Division FAQ

WA Dept. of Ecology Waste to Resources 

Earth 911

City of SeaTac

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