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915 N. Nelson St., Spokane, WA 99202 • Phone: 311 inside city limits or 509.755.CITY (2489) for outside the city • Fax: 509.343.9652
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Presidents' Day - Feb. 19

We are open! Your refuse and recycling collection will be on regular schedule all week.

Food Scraps & Yard Debris Curbside Collection resumes Feb. 26!

Residential Recycling Collection Information

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING SERVICE.  Single Stream Recycling allows all recyclables to be placed in the same container and loaded into the same truck without sorting.  This service allows customers the ability to recycle more products and possibly reduce the size of their refuse container.  The City of Spokane provides residential customers one (1) Single Stream Recycling Cart at no charge.  An additional 64 gallon cart may be requested for a monthly charge of $15.49.  We encourage City of Spokane residents to recycle but it is an optional service.

AUTOMATED TRUCKS.  The City's Solid Waste Collection Department is set up on an advanced automated system where our trucks are equipped with a lifting mechanism on the side that picks up and empties your container.  Each home is furnished with special automated carts that are durable and easy for customers to roll out for collection.  This operation allows us to collect refuse and recycling more efficiently, which stabilizes the cost, improves service and reduces work-related injuries.  Click here to see how our truck works!

COLLECTION TIMES.  Single Stream Recycling will remain a weekly service in the City of Spokane.  Residential collection occurs on the same day as the garbage, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (due to unforeseen events and obstacles we cannot guarantee a set time).  Please make sure to have your recycling cart out by 7 a.m. for collection in the designated area.  Your driver may arrive earlier or later than what you are used to on any given week.

PLACEMENT.  Please keep your carts at least three (3) feet away from each other and any vehicles or other obstacles so it does not interfere with your collection.  Make sure that the cart is not under a garage eave or basketball hoop and away from a fence.  Your cart needs to be within two (2) feet of the curb or edge of the alley so the truck arm can reach it.  Please make sure that the lid opens towards the street or alley.

MISSED?  The City of Spokane Solid Waste Collection Department is dedicated to providing efficient and friendly service.  If for some reason we have missed your collection, please call us immediately at 311, or for outside city limits, dial 509.755.CITY (2489).  We will make every effort to return within the same day or the next to remedy this situation (Friday collection will be picked up on Monday; we are closed weekends).





Bottles & Jars (no lids)


Newspaper & Phone Books
Corrugated Cardboard
Magazines & Catalogs
Printer Paper & Junk Mail
Cereal, Pop & Shoe Boxes
Non-Shiny (Non-Coated) Paper Products

Clean Pizza Delivery Boxes*


Aluminum Cans & Foil
Tin, Steel & Metal Cans
Aerosol Cans (empty, no lids or tips)
Small Pieces of Scrap Metal


Bottles, Jars & Tubs (no lids)

 *Clean delivery pizza boxes accepted as of February 1, 2013! 

EXTRA RECYCLING.  If you have more recycling than fits into your cart, please hold onto the extra material until the following week.  If you consistently have extra recycling, you may request an additional 64 gallon recycling cart for a monthly charge of $15.49.

MOVING BOXES.  We understand moving is a big task and to make it easier on you, call us for a one time courtesy pickup for all of your moving boxes and packing paper.  Fill a few of the broken boxes with packing paper, break the rest of the boxes down and stack in a neat pile three feet away from your other containers.  Please call 311, or for outside city limits, dial 509.755.CITY (2489) to schedule a collection when you are ready so we can make proper arrangements.



Plastic Bags
Food Contaminated Items
Microwave Trays
Ceramics & Dishes
Light Bulbs
Window Glass & Mirrors
Hazardous Waste Containers
Un-Numbered Plastics
Sharp Metal
Shredded Paper (see below)
Coated & Laminated Paper Products
Batteries (see below)

BATTERIES.  Household batteries cannot be placed inside of the recycling cart.  However, they will be accepted if they are put inside of a clear plastic bags and placed on top of the Single Stream Recycling Cart lid.

SHREDDED PAPER.  This is a change to the original information.  The SMaRT facility has asked that we do not accept shredded paper because it jams their conveyor belt system.  Also, the shredded paper often falls out of the cart and creates a litter nuisance on the street.  Please do not put shredded paper in your Single Stream Recycling Cart.

UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS.  If you have items that you believe are recyclable but we do not accept in the blue cart, you can call the Recycling Hotline at 509.477.6800 for a list of recycling centers and more information.  If your recycling cart contains unacceptable materials, you will be charged for a contaminated cart at the refuse rates for that collection.

CONTACT INFORMATION.  Have a question? Need Assistance? We're here to help, call us at 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489).



SPECIAL EVENT RECYCLING.  Free tools are available to help event planners offer recycling at their local events. Event Recycling provides collection receptacles, supplies, and information necessary to plan environmentally friendly events and meet the Washington State Recycling Law.  Organizations may borrow ClearStream recycling collection containers from the Equipment Lending Library. The recycling containers are designed to collect aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and plastic cups. Compostable containers allow for collection of food scraps and food-soiled paper.

Before the event:

Contact Event Recycling at 509.625.6580 or to reserve your equipment – at least two weeks in advance is suggested. Staff is also available for tips on creating a recycling program, planning checklists, and signage templates.

Determine ahead of time where your collected recyclables will go and how the materials will be hauled. Recyclables can be sorted and taken to the Waste to Energy facility, the transfer stations or a buy back center.  You may also place mixed recyclables in your single stream recycling cart. For larger events, make arrangements with your hauler.

The steps to recycling at your event:

  1. Pick up the requested number of containers, along with training materials, bags and recycling information.

  2. Place containers at your event. To get good clean recycling, the container must be placed next to a garbage can. That minimizes the contamination in your recyclables.

  3. Monitor the containers during your event – your garbage crew can also check the recycling bins. Because more people will be recycling, the garbage containers will not fill up as fast.

At the end of the event:

  1. Repack ClearStream containers and return them per instructions that will be provided to you.

  2. Make sure your recyclables get recycled.

  3. Complete the Evaluation Form (PDF 99 KB)

Related Links:

  • Event Recycling: Find out about Washington State's law that requires Event Recycling and additional Event Recycling tips.

  • Clear Stream Recycling: Check out additional information on the ClearStream system.

  • EPA Event Recycling: See information on from the EPA on Event Recycling.



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