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Garbage, Recycling and Food/Yard Waste Collections for MLK Jr. Day   

SEATTLE (January 11, 2024) - In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day on January 15, some customers in Seattle will be on a one-day delay schedule for garbage, recycling, and yard and food waste collection. The delayed collections are part of a Recology and Teamster’s labor agreement that now recognizes MLK Day as a non-service day. Seattle Public Utilities and the City of Seattle fully support recognition of this holiday and a citywide modification of solid waste collections in the future.

Seattle Public Utilities Transfer Stations will be open this MLK Day. 


For Seattle residents located in: 

·        Northeast Seattle (east of I-5, north of Ship Canal) 

·        Central Seattle (north of I-90, south of Ship Canal) 


If customers are in this service area, their garbage, recycling, and yard/food waste collections will be on a one-day delay beginning Monday, January 15, through Saturday, January 20.  


Customers normally collected on Monday will now be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers on Wednesday, and so on, wrapping up with Friday customers collected on Saturday.  


*Customers should set out their carts on their adjusted collection day.  


For Seattle Residents located in:  

·        Northwest Seattle (west of I-5, north of Ship Canal) 

·        West Seattle  

·        South Seattle (south of I-90) 


*Collections will be as normal on Monday, January 15, and through the week. 


*Customers should set out their carts on their regular collection day. 


Customers can receive reminders of recycle, compost and garbage pickup days, report a missed collection, change cart sizes, and look up where to dispose of items by downloading the Recycle It app: 




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