Commercial Services

The City of Spokane's Solid Waste Collection offers a full suite of services for commercial customers. To help keep Spokane clean and safe, weekly garbage collection within the city limits is required for all businesses.

Commercial customers are furnished with automated collection carts, commercial dumpsters, or roll-off carts to collect materials. The businesses are charged for the collection service, not the containers. Customers must have their container location approved by the Solid Waste Collection to ensure that it can be emptied. See the Rates page for more information.

The City doesn't furnish or sell compactors, but can provide collection services for them. Call the Commercial Division at 509.625.7955 to make sure the unit you are considering is compatible with our equipment.

Commercial containers can be emptied once a week or more frequently depending on a customer's needs.

Here are a few tips to make weekly collection go smoothly:

  • Make sure your container is accessible by 6 a.m. on collection day to make sure it can be emptied. Commercial collection is scheduled between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and your driver may arrive earlier or later than what you are used to on any given week.
  • Open gates, remove locks and chains, remove snow from around the container, and sand icy areas.
  • Place carts at least 3 feet away from other carts or items so they can be picked up with the automated arm.
  • Make sure vehicles or other items are not blocking the way to your garbage or recycling containers.
  • Remember that smaller dumpsters (up to 6 yards) are emptied on site. Roll-off containers are hauled to a disposal site, emptied, and returned.

Missed? The City of Spokane Solid Waste Collection is dedicated to providing efficient and friendly service. If for some reason we have missed your collection or have only partly emptied your cart, please call us immediately at 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489), and we will make every effort to return within the same day or the next to remedy this situation (Friday collection will be picked up on Monday; we are closed weekends).

Need a temporary dumpster? We rent out temporary dumpsters to help you with a specific need. See the 2022 Temporary Dumpster Rental Form (PDF 325 KB) for more information.

The Load Truck can haul off bulk items or very large loads. You can order the truck to load your items and dispose of them. If you need information on the Load Truck, call 509.625.7881 or download our 2022 Load Truck Form (PDF 423 KB).

Service Changes or Problems

Call 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489) to:

  • Add or suspend services
  • Change size of garbage cart
  • Replace your cart
  • Report a missed pickup

Items of Interest

2021 Holidays

Collection after the following holidays is one day late (excludes downtown night routes which remain on regular schedule):

  • Friday, Jan. 1 – New Year's Day
  • Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day
  • Monday, Sept. 6 – Labor Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving

PLEASE NOTE: Christmas Day and Independence Day in 2021 fall on the weekend. Collection will remain on regular schedule for those two holidays!