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Curbside Recycling

By recycling you are helping to save energy, reduce water pollution, reduce water consumption, preserve natural resources and create jobs.

Collection Calendar

Your recycling is collected every week on garbage day. There is no limit on the amount of clean recycling you can set out for collection. Put recycling that doesn't fit in your cart in old recycling bin or cardboard boxes (limit 3'x3'x3').

Collection Rates

Recycling is provided at no extra cost with your basic garbage service. Recycling and preventing waste can sometimes reduce garbage enough for residents to order a smaller garbage container for a lower rate.

Oops Tag - Click here for a larger view
Cart Tagging

The City of Redmond and WM use "Recycling Only" Oops tags to monitor contamination in recycling carts. If a driver spots contamination in your recycling cart, the cart will be tagged, and you will be informed on proper disposal. Recycling carts should be free of contaminants prior to servicing.

Curbside Recycling Tips

  • Empty clean recyclables out of bags and boxes and put them loose in your cart so that they can be easily identified and sorted at the recycling center. Clean paper bags and cardboard boxes are recyclable. Just put them in your cart after you empty them. Recyclables in plastic bags may be mistaken for garbage at the sorting center.

  • Clean, dry and empty. These three words can greatly improve the quality of recyclables placed in your cart. You can do this by keeping cart lids closed, rinsing out recyclables and placing empty containers in your cart. Learn more about how you can Recycle Right sm - click here.

  • Corrugated Cardboard. All corrugated cardboard boxes smaller than two (2) feet square should be flattened or broken down and placed in the customers' Recycling Cart. Corrugated cardboard boxes larger than three (3) feet square must be flattened and cut into 2ftx2ft squares to fit into the cart or an extra bag or box prior to collection.

    Have extra cardboard that won't fit in your cart or an extra bag or box? Please don't leave it out in the rain. Flatten it and place next to your cart on the morning of your collection day.

  • NO plastic bags in recycling. (Reuse or recycle at grocery stores) - Plastic bags get caught in conveyor belts at the recycling center.

  • NO shredded paper in recycling. Because of its size, shredded paper is difficult to sort from other recyclables.

  • Extra Recycling. There is no limit on the amount of clean recyclables you can set out for collection. Put recycling that doesn't fit in your cart in recycling bins, cardboard boxes (limit 3'x3'x3'), or a 32-gallon can with handles marked "recycling". Please don't leave any extra recyclables in cardboard boxes out in the rain. Place next to your cart on the morning of your collection day.

Container Placement at the Street

Place carts:
  • Three (3) feet apart
  • At least three (3) feet from cars, trees, mailboxes, fences
  • Cart lids opening toward street
  • Where available, place carts in grass planter strips between the curb and sidewalk.
  • If planter strips are not available, yet sidewalks are wide enough, place carts front of sidewalk in such a way that does block wheelchair or pedestrian access.

    Final option: If planter strips are not available and sidewalks are not present or wide enough to accommodate both carts and wheelchair access, place carts in the street with wheels as close as possible to the curb.
When possible, trucks with robotic arms will lift, empty and replace the carts without the drivers leaving the trucks, reducing safety hazards and traffic congestion.

Cart Placement at the Street

WM Blue Recycling Cart

Click here to download - Recycling Guidelines

Recycling 101

Click here to watch the Video

Click here to download  - Resident Waste Reduction Guide

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Computers, TVs, etc.

Are accepted at the curb with advance notice.

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Motor Oil

Accepted curbside in gallon jugs next to your recycling

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Used Clothing
and Linens

Request a pick up 24 hours before collection day call 800-592-9995 or email WM Customer Service.

Textiles should be placed in a plastic or paper bag. Please label "Textiles" and place bag(s) at the curb next to recycling cart.

Needles and Sharps
Needles and Sharps

Dispose by mail for a small fee.

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