Planning and shopping wisely avoids waste, saves money and sustains valuable resources. Other ways to reduce waste:
Over 100 million trees and over 28 billion gallons of water are used to produce one year’s worth of this country’s junk mail. Reduce the junk mail you receive by using the following free services. Each service is different, so using all three will give you the best results toward significantly reducing unwanted catalogs, retail promotions, credit card offers, insurance offers and other junk mail.
While you can greatly reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by using opt-out services, you will not be able to stop all junk mail. Some mail is sent to all households in your area—such as political mail and advertisements from local stores, grocers, and restaurants. These offers may not have opt-out options.
You'll also continue receiving mail from companies that you currently do business with. To stop these types of offers, directly write or email each of the senders.
Use National Yellow Pages' Consumer Choice & Opt-Out to stop phone book deliveries to your home or business
Reusing products extends the life of that resource, reduces disposal costs and supports a significant local economy.
Spokane uses a single-stream recycling system, which allows significantly more recyclables to be collected curbside than ever before.
Each residential customer is provided with a 64-gallon rolling cart with handles – nicknamed "Big Blue" – to collect recyclables. The blue carts allow for fully automated collection, increasing efficiencies and reducing operating costs. Position your recycling cart at least 3 feet away from other collection carts or objects.
The recyclables that are collected are taken to a facility owned and operated by the private company, Waste Management, where they are sorted, processed and prepared for marketing. View the Smart Recycling page of their website.
Recycling pickup is weekly in the City of Spokane, with recycling collection the same day as garbage collection. See our map to find your collection day.
Accepted Recyclables (PDF 701 KB)
Don't put garbage, plastic bags, Styrofoam, food contaminated items, microwave trays, ceramics and dishes, light bulbs, window glass and mirrors, hazardous waste containers, syringes, un-numbered plastics, lids, sharp metal, metal or plastic clothes hangers, shredded paper, coated or laminated paper products, electronics or batteries in your recycling cart.
Customers can drop off recyclables at the Waste to Energy Facility or Transfer Stations for free. Visit the Disposal page for more information.
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, 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.
Our commercial single stream recycling customers include businesses, schools, and most multi-family buildings. This service collects the same materials as the residential service. Commercial customers can choose recycling carts or dumpsters for their recycling needs. More information is available on our Commercial Services pages.
For items that aren't accepted at the curb or at transfer stations, check out the comprehensive waste disposal and recycling directory that is maintained by the EnviroStars program.
The City helps to support the Master Composter and Recycler Program. Annual training for the program starts each March, with applications available in January. For more information, call 509.625.6580.