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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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Thanksgiving Collection Schedule

Our business office will be closed Thursday (Nov. 23) & Friday (Nov. 24). Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday areas will be collected on regular schedule that week. Thursday and Friday areas will be collected one day late (excluding downtown night routes).

Food Scraps & Yard Debris Curbside Collection Service continues through Dec. 1. Please store your cart somewhere safe during the winter months. Yard waste collection will resume Feb. 26, 2018.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Solid Waste Collection!

Commercial Recycling Collection Information

COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS.  Our commercial Single Stream Recycling customers include businesses, schools, and most multi-family buildings.

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.  Recycling is environmentally friendly and cost-effective.  Commercial customers may have Single Stream Recycling carts or dumpsters depending on their recycling needs.  While we encourage City of Spokane commercial customers to recycle, 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 cart.  Commercial customers with smaller scale recycling needs are provided 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!

RATES.  For commercial Single Stream Recycling rates, please click here.

COLLECTION TIMES.  Single Stream Recycling will remain a weekly service in the City of Spokane.  Commercial recycling occurs between 6:00 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 out and accessible by 6:00 a.m. for collection in the designated area.  Your driver arrive earlier or later than what you are used to during any given week.

RECYCLING DUMPSTER ACCESS.  Container location must be approved by the department.  Container placement and any location changes must be performed by the department.  To ensure collection on your designated collection day, please make sure to have your container ready, easily accessible and available for collection prior to 6:00 a.m. This includes:

   -opening gates
   -completely removing locks and chains
   -making provisions for inclement weather such
    as snow removal and sanding icy areas
   -clearing the area of vehicles or other blockages
   -removal of waste, debris and anything else required
    to make the container accessible for dumping

RECYCLING CART ACCESS.  Please keep your recycling cart at least 3 feet away from each other and any vehicles or other obstacles so it does not interfere with your collection.  Please make sure that the lid opens towards the truck.

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, 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)

 *Pizza Delivery Boxes accepted as of February 1, 2013!



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 bin, 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.

EVENT RECYCLING.  ClearStream recycling containers are availabe to borrow for your event.  They are designed to collect aluminum cans, plastic bottles and plastic cups.  Please click here or contact Event Recycling at 509.625.6525 or for more information or to schedule containers for your event.

Commercial Recycling Services 509.625.7894





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Spokane Solid Waste Collection
915 N. Nelson St.
Spokane, WA 99202 USA
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