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Recycling For Apartments And Condominiums

Recycling is available at no additional cost for condominium complexes or apartment buildings with garbage service. To start or increase recycling, residents should check with their building manager and ask them to contact Waste Management (per their garbage bill)about recycling service availability and location of bins To sign up for collection of recyclables in a multifamily building or complex, call Waste Management at 1-855-TUKWILA (1-855-885-9452).

View a list of Recyclable Items


Recycling For Single Families With Curbside Pick-up

Recycling is provided for no extra cost for Tukwila residents who subscribe to garbage service. Residents who live in single-family homes have weekly collection for garbage and every-other-week collection for recycling. Customers subscribing to yard / food waste receive every other week collection on the opposite weeks of recycling. Residential collection day in Tukwila is on Friday.

To sign up for collection of garbage and recyclables in a single-family home, call Waste Management at 1-855-TUKWILA (1-855-885-9452).

View a list of Recyclable Items

View a list of Residential Recycling Guidelines


Recycling Unusual Items

King County has an online database to find recyclers for a variety of materials including appliances, mattresses, batteries, paint and automotive supplies: http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/wdidw.

When buying new items, such as mattresses, ask the company if they will remove your old one. Often companies will do this. Also watch for drop off centers for materials such as plastic bags, at locations like grocery stores.

Below are a few unusual items, and how to recycle them locally.

Cell Phones:  To donate your used cell phone, visit: http://www.donateaphone.com


The following sites participate in Washington�s E-Cycle program. Households, small businesses, schools & school districts, small governments, special purpose districts, and charities can recycle electronic products like televisions, computers, and monitors free of charge in this program. Some sites take additional items, but a charge may apply. Be sure to check with each site individually to learn specific details and applicable conditions, such as additional charges.

For additional information about electronics recycling in Washington state, check the E-Cycle website at takeitbacknetwork.org or ecyclewashington.org.

Tukwila locations include:

  • REPC: 510 Andvoer Park West, Tukwila www.repc.com; 206-575-8737
  • Goodwill Southcenter Store: 1174 Andover Park West, Tukwila; 206-575-4944
  • American Electronics Recycling: 18435 Olympic Ave. South; Tukwila; www.aercorprecycler.com 425-251-1997

Polystyrene Peanuts:

The following stores accept Polystyrene Peanuts for reuse. Please call stores for more details about their services.

  • Carton Services: 1141 Andover Parkway W; Bldg C, Tukwila 206-575-9111
  • Mail Boxes Etc.: 126 SW 148th St. #C-100, Burien 206-243-2989

Wood Scrap and Yard Debris:

  • Allied Waste provides yard waste service for apartments, condominiums and single family households. Call them for details on fees.
  • Northwest Wood and Fibre Recovery: 32300 148th SE Auburn; 253-939-5497
  • Pacific Topsoil: 14002 35th Ave. SE, Kent; 253-872-7431
  • Rainier Wood Recyclers: 32300 148th Ave. SE, Auburn; 253-630-3565

Recycling Centers And Transfer Stations

If you have large quantities of recyclables for drop off, visit:

  • Allied Waste: 54 S. Dawson Seattle 206-332-7700
  • SeaDruNar Recycling: 28 South Brandon St. Seattle; 206-467-7550

Transfer Stations:

The Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station is being completely rebuilt. Appliances, scrap metal, yard waste and clean wood, bicycles and bike parts are now accepted for recycling. A new recycling area, with room to collect more recyclables is scheduled to open in late 2013.


Donation Locations

Help your community and the environment by donating household items to a charitable organization. Materials must be in good condition and not in need of any repair. For computers, visit www.takeitbacknetwork .org for locations.

  • Goodwill Industries: 1174 Andover Park W, Tukwila 206-575-4944

Conserve Resources

Energy Conservation

Wise use of energy not only assists in lowering electric bills, but it also reduces air pollution and saves valuable natural resources. Here are some tips to conserve:

  • Adjust household thermostat to: Day = no greater than 68 degrees (winter) and 78 degrees (summer), Night= 55 degrees.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting. Use only as much wattage as you need.
  • Consider using energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Often stores offer rebates for these bulbs.
  • Turn off and/or reduce the use of computers, monitors and printers.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.
  • Dry full loads of clothes, but do not overload the dryer. try a clothes line or indoor drying rack.
  • Maintain refrigerators (38 degrees - 42 degrees) and Freezers (0 - f degrees) at the right temperatures.

Want More Information?

Puget Sound Energy customers call 1-800-562-1482 or visit http://www.pse.com

Seattle City light customers call 206-384-3800 or visit http://www.cityofseattle.net/light/conserve

Water Conservation

The easiest and most cost-effective means of extending the current water supply is to use less water. Conservation can be achieved many ways, including the installation of water saving devices on toilets, selection of water-efficient appliances and modifications to personal behavior.

  • Replace inefficient equipment such as toilets, dishwashers and washing machines. Install energyefficient faucet aerators on sink faucets.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and run your dishwasher only when it's full.
  • Eliminate daytime landscape watering. Water at night and consider weather-based or moisture sensing controls.
  • Turn the water off when shaving, brushing teeth and washing dishes.
  • Repair leaks.
  • Use a rain barrel to conserve water.

Follow this link for information on Rain Barrels for Tukwila residents

For more suggestions call 206-684-SAVE or visit http://www.savingwater.org


Stop Junk Mail

The average American household receives more than 500 pieces of advertising mail each year. Recycling junk mail is a good start, but reducing the incoming flow of junk mail will conserve natural resources.

Get off national mailing lists. Send a one dollar check and request with your name and address to:

Mail Preference Service Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 282
Carmel, NY 10512

Ask to be removed from credit card direct mailing lists by calling: 1-888-567-8688.


Contact Information:

Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 431-3670
Fax: 206 431-3665

Email Planning Division

Email Building Division