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Solid Waste


What Goes Where?

Residential customers can learn how to responsibly manage their waste using our Recycle Coach "What Goes Where" tool! Use the search bar below to quickly and easily access disposal instructions and resources for thousands of items here in Tacoma.

Solid Waste Services

The City of Tacoma’s solid waste utility provides curbside services to more than 58,500 residential and commercial customers in Tacoma. We offer curbside garbagerecycling and food/yard waste services, as well as self-haul options for garbage, recycling, yard waste and household hazardous waste disposal at the Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center. All visitors and customers must comply with Rules of Conduct and posted signage within the TRTC.


The City’s solid waste utility is committed to:

  • Providing prompt, considerate and reliable customer service in a professional manner.
  • Implementing processes and technologies to make our services fiscally sound and environmentally sustainable.

To meet these objectives, we work with the City’s wastewater and surface water utilities to achieve exceptional environmental practices that are cost-efficient and sustainable.


Sustainable Materials Management 

In 2014, the Tacoma City Council reaffirmed our commitment to wasting less with the passing of Resolution 38907 in support of a 70 percent waste diversion goal established jointly by the City of Tacoma and Pierce County in the Tacoma-Pierce County Solid Waste Management Plan.


In 2015, Tacoma's Sustainable Materials Management Plan was created, followed by the 2016 Environmental Action Plan. Both plans aim to help our community achieve our waste diversion goal through recycling and other waste management strategies. Learn more here.



Email us at solidwaste@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 502-2100 to speak to a representative.



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2022 Award 

 Recycling Award



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Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center

3510 S. Mullen Street
Tacoma, WA 98409 

(253) 502-2100

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Self-Haul Facility Hours:


8 AM - 5:30 PM

To see busiest times, click here.


Lobby Office Hours:

Monday -Friday

9 AM - 4 PM

Customer service representatives are available via phone at (253) 502-2100 Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM or via email.


Recycle Center

(253) 502-2100

Facility Hours


8 AM - 5:30 PM

Household Hazardous Waste
(253) 591-5418

Facility Hours:


8 AM - 5:30 PM

(Closed Tuesday-Thursday)



(253) 573-2426

Facility Hours:


11 AM - 5 PM


Email Solid Waste Management