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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.

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 by passing Resolution 38907 in support of the 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.


Sustainable materials management is an approach that examines the life-cycle of materials and products from raw material extraction to end of life (disposal) and recycling. It seeks to reduce environmental impacts by emphasizing waste prevention and materials management through all stages. Huge amounts of resources such as energy, water, minerals, and soils are consumed in the production, transportation and distribution phases. These activities have a tremendous impact on air, climate, and water quality. Recycling is one strategy helping our community make progress towards our goal of diverting 70 percent of our solid waste from landfills by 2028. Preventing waste in the first place helps even more. When we reduce waste at the source, produce with fewer toxins, and consume conservatively, we make more effective, efficient use of our valuable resources. For ideas on how you can waste less, visit our web page Waste Free 253.



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



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 Recycling Award


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Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center

3510 S. Mullen Street
Tacoma, WA 98409 

(253) 502-2100

Self-Haul Facility Hours:


8 AM-5:30 PM


Office Hours:

The Solid Waste office lobby is currently serving in-person customers on a limited basis. Effective Oct. 4, 2021, the lobby will be open on Tuesdays from 8 AM to 4:30 PM with a closure from 12-1 PM to accommodate employee lunches.


Customer service representatives are available via phone by calling (253) 502-2100 Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 4:00 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 to 5:30 PM

(Closed Tuesday-Thursday)



(253) 573-2426

(Closed to visitors)


Email Solid Waste Management