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Recycle Reset Starts January 1

Residential Curbside Recycling Changes Start January 1


December 18, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


Residential Curbside Recycling Changes Start January 1


Changes to the City of Tacoma’s residential curbside recycling program, known as Recycle Reset, will take effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. These changes include maintaining residential curbside commingled recycling service, with minor adjustments to the accepted curbside recycling list. Changes also include a new recycling surcharge of $2.82 per month for all residential solid waste customers.


“In 2018, China greatly reduced its recycling imports,” said Lewis Griffith, Solid Waste Management division manager. “The Recycle Reset will help to improve the quality of the materials we collect for recycling as well as cover the increased costs of recycling due to this shift in the global recycling industry.”


These changes will be 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.


In addition, Solid Waste Management is planning to replace curbside glass collection with five glass drop-off stations throughout the city. Curbside glass collection will continue until these locations are finalized in early 2020. 


For more information on these changes, visit TacomaRecycles.org/Changes or contact Solid Waste Management at (253) 502-2100.