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915 N. Nelson St., Spokane, WA 99202 • 509.625.7878 (phone) • 509.343.9652 (fax)
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The City of Spokane is making changes to the utility bills it sends out. We are updating our database so that utility accounts are in the name of the property owner or property manager responsible for a property. This change is to improve communication and service to our customers. We are asking that customers provide some basic information such as the property owner's name, mailing address (if different), phone number and email. A form is included with your September utility bill OR you can click here for more details and to provide that information electronically. We appreciate your assistance!

We are excited to say that we have moved to our new location on Tuesday, September 8th! Stop by the new Spokane Central Service Center, a combined Solid Waste Collection and Fleet Maintenance facility, at 915 N. Nelson St. This property is north of Trent and east of Crestline in the Chief Garry neighborhood. Enter the driveway next to 901 N. Nelson St. between the two green and tan buildings. We are one block west of that entrance. Our phone numbers will remain unchanged. Please remember that we cannot accept your City utility bill payments at this location.

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 $14.21.  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 7:00 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 cart out by 7:00 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 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 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 509.625.7878 and 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).


For a printable PDF of acceptable materials, please click here.

For a printable PDF of the lid sticker, please click here.  Check our website for periodic changes and addtions to the recycling program. 



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)
Plastics Numbered 1-7

 *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 $14.21.

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 the Recycling Division at 509.625.7894 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.


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