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Residential Curbside Collection - 2021 Rates

Your monthly bill for curbside garbage, recycling and food/yard waste service is determined by the size of your green garbage container(s). You can lower your monthly cost by decreasing your garbage capacity. Consider recycling, reusing, donating and composting to help prevent waste.

 

Residential customers may request two brown food/yard waste bins, and as many blue recycling bins as needed.

Residential customers may also access services including Call-2-Haul, and the Household Hazardous Waste facility and Recycle Center (both located at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center) at no additional cost.

 

 Container Size Quantity Monthly Rate
30-gallon 1 $24.06
45-gallon 1 $36.07
60-gallon 1 $48.09
90-gallon 1 $72.14
60-gallon 2 $96.18
60-gallon and 90-gallon    1 of each    $120.23
90-gallon 2 $144.28

  

Residential customers are able to exchange their container for a different size once a year at no charge. Additional exchanges within the year may be made for $30 each.

 

Assistance Programs

Residents who qualify as low-income seniors or low-income disabled may be eligible for a rate reduction. If you think you might qualify, call Customer Solutions at (253) 502-8400 to find out how to apply. You'll find details on this and other bill-paying assistance on the Tacoma Public Utilities website.

 

Recycle Reset Surcharge

Changes to the City of Tacoma’s residential curbside recycling program, known as Recycle Reset, took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. These changes include a recycling surcharge of $2.82 per month for all residential solid waste customers. These changes are identified on customers’ bills as “Recycle Reset Surcharge.” Customers who participate in the Tacoma Public Utilities and Environmental Services bill payment assistance programs will be waived from this surcharge. For more information visit tacomarecycles.org/changes.

Commercial Garbage - 2021 Rates

Commercial rates are based on the size of garbage container a customer chooses for collection, and are based on once/week pickup.

Temporary service is available for all container types; please call (253) 502-2100 for information.

The prices in the tables below do not include applicable sales tax for container rentals.

 

Barrel Containers

Container Size Quantity Rate Container Rent Total Monthly Charge
20-gallon 1 $30.22 $0 $30.22
30-gallon 1 $39.60 $0
$39.60
60-gallon 1 $59.51 $0
$59.51
90-gallon 1 $81.88 $0
$81.88
300-gallon 1 $166.05

$4.20

$170.25

 

Front-Load Containers

Box Size Quantity Rate Container Rent Total Monthly Charge
Two cubic yards
1 $230.25 $7.80
$238.05
Three cubic yards
1 $291.17 $8.90
$300.07
Four cubic yards
1 $353.40 $10.60
$364.00
Six cubic yards
1 $475.78 $13.85
$489.63
Eight cubic yards
1 $600.26 $15.30
$615.56

 

Drop-Off Box Containers

Drop-off box containers are available for temporary rental. Please call (253) 502-2100, option 2, for more information.

Container Size Quantity Rate Container Rent Total Monthly Charge
15 cubic yards
1 $599.04 $38.90 $637.94
20 cubic yards
1 $684.84 $42.45 $727.29
25 cubic yards
1 $781.10 $43.25 $824.35
30 cubic yards
1 $885.46 $46.05 $931.51
40 cubic yards
1 $1,086.31 $52.15 $1,138.46

Commercial Yard and Food Waste - 2021 Rates


Rates effective January 1, 2021.

Material to be Recycled Container Size Haul Frequency 2021 Monthly Rate 
Yard Waste 90-gallon
Weekly $16.80
Yard Waste  90-gallon Every-Other Week $8.40
Food Waste 90-gallon
Weekly $16.80

Commercial Recycling - 2021 Rates

Mixed - Paper, Plastic, Aluminum, Tin, Cardboard

Haul Frequency Container Sizes Rate
Bi-weekly hauls

30, 60 or 90-gallon

$7.09
Weekly

30, 60 or 90-gallon

$14.13
Two per week

30, 60 or 90-gallon

$28.23
Three per week

30, 60 or 90-gallon

$42.28
Four per week

30, 60 or 90-gallon

$56.36
Five per week

30, 60 or 90-gallon 

$70.39

Bi-weekly hauls 2 cubic yard box $42.28
Weekly 2 cubic yard box $70.38
Two per week 2 cubic yard box $140.71

  

 

Glass - Clear, Brown, Green (Must Be Separated)

Haul Frequency Container Size Containers Per Service Rate
Bi-weekly hauls 60-gallon
3 $26.25
Weekly 60-gallon
3 $47.25
Two per week 60-gallon
3 $94.50
Three per week 60-gallon
3 $141.75
Four per week 60-gallon
3 Not available
Five per week 60-gallon
3 Not available

 

Cardboard - Corrugated

Haul Frequency Container Sizes Rate
Bi-weekly hauls Two, four, six, or eight cubic yard box
$20.40
Weekly Two, four, six, or eight cubic yard box
$40.80
Two per week Two, four, six, or eight cubic yard box
$81.60
Three per week Two, four, six, or eight cubic yard box
$122.40
Four per week Two, four, six, or eight cubic yard box
$163.20
Five per week Two, four, six, or eight cubic yard box
Not available

Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center

Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (formerly Tacoma landfill) disposal fees vary, depending on the weight of your load and whether you are a City of Tacoma residential solid waste customer, business customer or non-City of Tacoma customer. To qualify for the City of Tacoma residential landfill disposal fee, you must meet the residency requirements and bring proof of your residency when you visit the Tacoma Landfill.

 

All fees are per load. Fractions of 100 pounds are billed to the next 100-pound increment. Call the Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center at (253) 502-2100 for more information about the Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center fees.

 

Garbage Disposal - 2021

Resident Status Rate per 100 Pounds
Minimum Charge  Additional Information
City of Tacoma Residential Rate  $7.25 $20.00 The $20.00 minimum charge covers the first 400 pounds.
City of Tacoma Commercial Rate $8.50 $40.00 $8.50 per 100 pounds with a minimum charge of $40.00.
The Recovery and Transfer Center is not currently accepting any self-haul garbage or yard waste loads from outside the city limits of Tacoma. Residential customers must have an active solid waste residential collection account serviced by the City of Tacoma and be able to prove residency. Read the full announcement here.

 

Yard Waste - 2021

Resident Status Rate per 100 Pounds Minimum Charge
City of Tacoma resident $0 $0
Commercial $8.50 $40.00
The Recovery and Transfer Center is not currently accepting any self-haul garbage or yard waste loads from outside the city limits of Tacoma. Residential customers must have an active solid waste residential collection account serviced by the City of Tacoma and be able to prove residency. Read the full announcement here.

 

Additional Fees

Items for Disposal  Within City of Tacoma
Asbestos - accepted by appointment  from City of Tacoma residents only, call 311 for information $20.00 minimum, plus $150.00 per ton
Appliances with compressors $20.00 each, plus tonnage
Car seats $3.25 each plus tonnage
Furniture - large $11.00 for the first four pieces, plus $11.00 for each additional item, plus tonnage
Tires - Passenger and light truck $3.25 each, plus tonnage
Tires - on rims (no large tires) $6.75 each, plus tonnage
Tires - larger than 10x20 $16.50 each, plus tonnage

All fees are based on one half-hour unloading time. When unloading time exceeds one half-hour, an additional fee of $12.25 for each half-hour increment will be charged. Unloading times are determined by an automated scale system.

Any vehicle still being unloaded past closing time may be assessed an additional fee.

 

Any customer that has insufficient funds to pay the disposal fee at the time of unloading may be charged an additional insufficient funds fee of $10.

 

View complete instructions for proper disposal of asbestos.

 

 

Special Handling Fees

Customers with waste material requiring special handling will pay additional fees based on the resources required for proper disposal, unless otherwise specified. There is a special handling fee of $100 per load plus tonnage charges, unless otherwise specified.