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Food/Yard Waste

The City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management is experiencing COVID-19 impacts, which may result in collection schedule changes for both residential and commercial customers. For the latest service updates visit cityoftacoma.org/solidwaste.

 

Food Yard Waste BinFood and Yard Waste 

The City of Tacoma offers curbside food and yard waste collection service to single family, multifamily, and commercial customers. Collected materials are repurposed into organic material which can be returned to enrich the soil to grow more plants for food and natural beauty. Tacoma is committed to sustainably managing our waste streams by encouraging waste prevention and providing services that recover and recycle valuable materials so that less waste is sent to the landfill.

 

To get started or learn more about food and yard waste collection, contact a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org

  

Food and Yard Waste Guides

Not all cities accept the same items as food and yard waste. Learn what Tacoma accepts with the following food and yard waste flyers available to view, print, or download: 

  

Food Yard Waste Flyer PreviewEnglish (8.5"x11")  -  English (11"x17")

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11")  -  Russian (11"x17")

 

 

 

Bags, cups, utensils, and other service ware labeled as "compostable" are not accepted in food and yard waste bins. These items require a special industrial composting process, and should not be mixed with organic food and yard waste. Other non-organic items like glass, metal, plastic, and Styrofoam should also be kept out of food and yard waste bins. Learn more about why compostable bags are not accepted.

 


I live in a single-family home or duplex

Not all cities accept the same items as food and yard waste. Learn what Tacoma accepts with the following food and yard waste flyers available to view, print, or download: 

  

Food Yard Waste Flyer PreviewEnglish (8.5"x11")  -  English (11"x17")

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11")  -  Russian (11"x17")

 

New Service Setup
Contact a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org to set up your curbside residential food and yard waste service.

Food and Yard Waste Rates
Tacoma provides food and yard waste service at no extra cost as part of your monthly garbage bill. Customers can request up to two 90-gallon brown food and yard waste bins at no extra cost. A third food and yard waste bin can be requested for an additional $3 a month. To learn more visit cityoftacoma.org/swmrates.

Collection Schedule
Residential food and yard waste bins are collected every other week, on the opposite weeks as garbage and recycling. Visit cityoftacoma.org/collectionschedule to find your curbside collection schedule.

Setout Guidelines
  • Set out your bin by 7 AM on your scheduled collection day
  • Place your bin wheels toward the curb
  • Set your bin 4 feet away from any obstructions, such as other bins, vehicles, telephone poles, fences and buildings
  • Remove your bin from the curb once the contents are collected.

DO NOT:

  • Overfill your bin or exceed 250 pounds
  • Place items on the ground outside of your bin or on top of your bin

Missed Collection 

Call a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 if your food and yard waste bin is not collected.

Worried about odors and pests? Here are some tips.

I live in a multifamily home (triplex or larger)

Not all cities accept the same items as food and yard waste. View, print or download a food/yard waste flyer to discover what Tacoma composts. 


Food Yard Waste Flyer Preview

English (8.5"x11")  -  English (11"x17")

 

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11")  -  Russian (11"x17")

 

My Multifamily Residence Does Not Have Food and Yard Waste Service 

Talk to you property manage or HOA board on why food and yard waste service would be helpful or important to you and your fellow residents. Your property manager or HOA board can then set up a food waste collection program by contacting a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org.


My Multifamily Residence Needs Help With Our Food and Yard Waste Service
We’re here to help! Your property manager or HOA board can contact our Commercial Food and Yard Waste Specialist at (253) 502-2100 for technical support including:

  • Evaluation of current service
  • Free food and yard waste guides for staff and residents
  • Informational presentations to staff and residents

 

I manage a multifamily home (triplex or larger)

The City of Tacoma offers multifamily properties both Commercial Food Waste (weekly collection) and Commercial Yard Waste (every-other-week collection ) at various rates. Visit cityoftacoma.org/swmrates for options and more information.

 

New customers can set up a food and yard waste collection program by contacting a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org

 

Not all cities accept the same items as food and yard waste. View, print or download a food/yard waste flyer to discover what Tacoma composts. 


Food Yard Waste Flyer Preview

English (8.5"x11")  -  English (11"x17")

 

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11")  -  Russian (11"x17")

  

Collection Schedule

Multifamily collection schedules vary by location and service. Contact a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 to learn about your collection day.  


Setout Guidelines

  • Set out your bin by 7 AM on your scheduled collection day
  • Place your bin wheels toward the curb
  • Set your bin 4 feet away from any obstructions, such as other bins, vehicles, telephone poles, fences and buildings
  • Remove your bin from the curb once the contents are collected.

DO NOT:

  • Overfill your bin or exceed 250 pounds
  • Place items on the ground outside of your bin or on top of your bin

Missed Collection 

Call a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 if your food and yard waste bin is not collected.

Worried about odors and pests? Here are some tips.


 

I manage a commercial property (business)

The City of Tacoma offers commercial properties both Commercial Food Waste (weekly collection) and Commercial Yard Waste (every-other-week collection) at rates less than comparable garbage service. Tacoma grocers, restaurants, and coffee shops are a few types of business utilizing this service.

 

New customers can set up a food and yard waste collection program by contacting a Solid Waste representative at (253) 502-2100 or solidwaste@cityoftacoma.orgVisit cityoftacoma.org/swmrates for rates and more information.

 

Not all cities accept the same items as food and yard waste. View, print or download a food/yard waste flyer to discover what Tacoma composts. 


Food Yard Waste Flyer Preview

English (8.5"x11")  -  English (11"x17")

 

Spanish (8.5"x11")  -  Spanish (11"x17")

Korean (8.5"x11")  -  Korean (11"x17")

Vietnamese (8.5"x11")  -  Vietnamese (11"x17")

Khmer (8.5"x11")  -  Khmer (11"x17")

Russian (8.5"x11")  -  Russian (11"x17")

  

Collection Schedule

Commercial collection schedules vary by location and service. Contact a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 to learn about your collection day.  

 

 

Setout Guidelines

 

  • Set out your bin by 7 AM on your scheduled collection day
  • Place your bin wheels toward the curb
  • Set your bin 4 feet away from any obstructions, such as other bins, vehicles, telephone poles, fences and buildings
  • Remove your bin from the curb once the contents are collected.

DO NOT:

  • Overfill your bin or exceed 250 pounds
  • Place items on the ground outside of your bin or on top of your bin

Missed Collection 

Call a Solid Waste Representative at (253) 502-2100 if your food and yard waste bin is not collected.

Worried about odors and pests? Here are some tips.