Off Campus Recycling

While Sustainability Services does not offer off-campus services, we would like to provide off-campus residents with resources to ensure they recycle correctly. If you do not recycle properly, your recycling bin will not be emptied and the City of Tacoma may charge you a fee. Recycling services can also be terminated at your house if you contaminate the bins repeatedly. To see the specific guidelines for accepted recyclable materials excepted by the City of Tacoma, and to find resources for disposing of items not accepted, see below or visit the City of Tacoma's website. 

Also, you can always contact us at 

Servicing the Bins

  • Garbage bins are emptied every other week by the City of Tacoma.
  • Commingled recycling and glass bins are emptied every other week, on the same day as the bi-weekly garbage service.
  • Yard waste is also emptied every other week on opposite weeks as the garbage and recycling pick-up.
  • It is the responsibility of the residents to pull their bins out before services every week.
  • To find out which day your bins are serviced and where you should place your bins to be emptied, please visit the City of Tacoma's website or contact Tacoma Public Utilities.

Recycling Bin




-Plastics #1-7

-Thin cardboard    

(cereal boxes)

-Corrugated cardboard 

-Liquid Cartons

(milk and juice cartons, etc)



Not Acceptable


-Food Waste/ Yard Waste



-Styrofoam/packing peanuts

-Hazardous Waste (paint, cleaning supplies, etc)




-Wax-coated paper or cardboard

Glass Bin


*please make sure all items are clean

  • Glass bottles (lids/caps removed)
  • Glass jars (lids/caps removed)
  • Batteries: rechargeable or alkaline batteries (in sealed plastic bags)

Not Acceptable

  • Broken glass
  • Glass cups
  • Vases
  • Window panes
  • Mirrors
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Ceramics

Yard Waste


  • grass clippings   
  • leaves,
  • pruning
  • weeds & roots
  • small branches 
  • food compost
  •   (including dairy and meat)
Not Accepted
  • dirt
  • rocks,
  • manure,
  • lumber,
  • cat litter,
  • paper materials

Please see information about Hazardous or Universal Waste that has more complicated disposal needs.