Garbage and Recycling
Education on garbage and recycling services is provided by the City of Lynnwood Recycling Coordinator. This service is provided through a local services agreement with the City of Edmonds. Specific tasks of the Coordinator include:
- Coordinating Citywide cleanups
- Promoting multi-family and commercial recycling
- Working with non-profit organizations on Christmas tree recycling
- Responding to citizens concerns on recycling issues
- Providing awareness regarding waste reduction, recycling, composting, household hazardous waste and other related issues
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who do I contact about garbage service?
- Does my garbage get picked up every week and can I use my own container?
- Yes, single-family residents receive weekly garbage collection, with the option of using company-supplied containers or the resident’s own containers for the basic service levels.
Service levels range from the smallest, a 20-gallon mini-can, to one or more of standard 32-gallon containers or company-supplied 64-gallon and 96-gallon wheeled carts.
The 20-gallon size cans are not always readily available at retail outlets, however Home Depot and Lowe's can and do carry them.
There is a once-a-month garbage service available using one 32-gallon size container.
Containers for recycling and yard and food waste collection are provided by the companies.
There is a monthly charge for garbage service. Residents are billed every three months.
- What about curbside recycling service?
Recycling service is automatically included with garbage service for single-family residents and multi-family properties. These materials are accepted for curbside recycling service:
- Mixed Paper
- Aluminum & Steel Cans
- All Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Cups
- Glass, Bottles, Jars
- Milk Cartons & Juice Boxes
Both Waste Management and Republic Services collect recycling every other week on the same day as your garbage collection.
The companies supply a calendar schedule and a large wheeled plastic cart to collect the recycling.
All accepted materials mentioned above can be placed into the cart together.
Your company may accept a few more materials than you see listed above. Please check with your company or contact the city Recycling Coordinator.
- What about yard yard and food waste collection, plus other services these companies provide?
- Yard waste and food waste collection at curbside is available for an additional monthly fee and is very popular. Again, both companies supply a collection container to those that call and request the service.
Yard waste includes the following:
- Grass clippings
- Brush Prunings
- Branches up to 2 inches in diameter and less than 3 feet long
Note: Yard waste does not include dirt, rocks, sod, pet wastes or pet litter, barbecue ashes or coals, metal, bricks, lumber or treated wood products such as beauty bark.
Any Republic or Waste Management customer that currently has or begins new yard debris collection service has the option to add food scraps into their cart, along with regular yard waste materials. The following compostable materials are now acceptable to add to this collection cart:
Food waste includes:
- Meat, Fish, and Poultry
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread products
- Beans, pasta and rice
- Coffee grounds and teabags
- Dairy products
- Eggshells, nutshells
Food-soiled paper includes:
- Paper towels and napkins
- Uncoated paper plates and cups
- Paper food wrap
- Paper take-out cartons
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Waxed cardboard
- Coffee filters
- Shredded paper
- Paper bags containing food scraps.
Important – no plastics or metals allowed into the yard debris cart.
Both waste collectors have container service available for activities such as remodeling and large cleanup projects. Several sizes of large containers are available.
Both companies can also accommodate requests to collect unwanted bulky items such as furniture and other types of household items. A fee is charged but can be less expensive than hauling it yourself. Restrictions apply so please call for information.
When you have questions on properly disposing of any unwanted household item call the city’s Recycling Coordinator at (425) 670-5244 for the options.
- What about household hazardous waste? Where do I take unwanted paint*, pesticides, etc.?
Unwanted products that are considered Household Hazardous Wastes cannot and should not be put into the garbage. Snohomish County operates the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station in Everett. It is open every Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and the service is free to Snohomish County residents. For more information (and suggestions for proper handling of unwanted latex paint) visit the Snohomish County Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Station page.
*The drop-off station does not accept latex paint. Oil paint, stains, and solvents will still be accepted for free.
- What Do I Do With Unwanted Computers, TVs, and More?
Common consumer electronics such as computers and TVs are not allowed to be thrown into the garbage – anywhere in Snohomish County – and most of Western Washington. The three Snohomish County Transfer Stations (garbage dumps) do not accept any unwanted electronics for recycling. Please check out the local options outlined here.
These types of electronics are not accepted into the garbage in Snohomish County:
- Computers (CPUs)
- Computer Monitors (any kind)
- Laptops and Tablets
- Televisions (any kind)
- Separated computer circuit boards
Here are the options for Lynnwood residents and those businesses with 50 employees or less:
FREE* drop-off and recycling at these locations in Lynnwood:
- Goodwill Lynnwood Store – 4027 198th St. SW – 425-774-6157
- Value Village Lynnwood outlet – 17216 Highway 99 – 425-745-6603
- St. Vincent DePaul Lynnwood outlet – 17214 Highway 99 – 425-741-8468
- PC Recycle Lynnwood store – 4520 200th St. SW – 425-697-6666
- Salvation Army Donation Trailer – 2902 164th St. SW – (trailer at south end of Fred Meyer parking lot)
- E-Waste, LLC – 12424 Beverly Park Rd., Suite A-4 – 425-239-4118 -- www.e-wastes.com
FREE* drop-off and recycling at these locations in Edmonds:
- Goodwill Edmonds Store -- 10117 Edmonds Way (behind QFC) – 425-977-2090
- Value Village Edmonds outlet – 21558 Highway 99 – 425-771-8323
*FREE drop-off at these locations covers computers, monitors, laptops and tablets, e-readers, and TVs only – working or not. These businesses are official collectors under the state-wide E-Cycle program. Visit www.ecyclewashington.org to learn more.
Other common electronics such as printers, scanners, DVD players can be recycled and may be subject to fees at some of the drop-off locations listed.
However, the Best Buy store location in Lynnwood at 19225 Alderwood Mall Parkway accepts many unwanted electronics and other recyclable items for free, although restrictions may apply.
For further information on other options for electronics reuse and recycling see additional information provided by the Solid Waste Division of the Snohomish County.
- Who do I call if I have a complaint about my garbage service?
Please call your particular garbage company at the numbers given above. If they do not respond or you receive unsatisfactory reply, call the city’s Waste Prevention and Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher at (425) 670-5244. He is a liaison to both waste collectors and is available to help you.
If you feel you want to lodge a complaint to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Committee which is the state body that regulates certified waste collectors and sets the garbage rates, etc., please call 1-800-562-6150 and follow the instructions.
- Is there a place I can take my own extra waste from clutter clean-up projects?
Yes. Snohomish County operates three (3) transfer stations. The one closest to Lynnwood is the Southwest Transfer Station in Mountlake Terrace. Call (425) 388-3429 for a recorded message on all the stations, including their locations, operating hours and other information or visit the Snohomish County Solid Waste Facilites web page for more information.
Garbage brought to any of these stations is charged at a base rate of $105 a ton. There are minimum fees for pickup trucks and passenger vehicles. (call the number mentioned).
Recycling services for the following materials are available at the transfer station for free, to residents only (if they are brought in separately from garbage):
- Used motor oil
- Used antifreeze
- Used oil filters
- Scrap metal (includes household appliances, except refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and heat pumps)
- Vehicle batteries
- Fluorescent lights, tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs
- Household propane tanks (empty)
- Rechargeable batteries ( from cellphones, laptops, power tools, etc.)
- Mixed paper
- Glass Bottles