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FoodPlus! Yard Debris, Compostable Papers, Food

What is the difference between recyclable and compostable papers?
Do you offer pick up of bulky piles or bundles of yard / woody debris?
What can I put in the FoodPlus! Toter?
What types of holiday wrap and packaging are recyclable or accepted in the FoodPlus! program?
FoodPlus! seasonal, celebration and holiday list of accepted items
What do I do with aseptic (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable) cartons and boxes?

Recycling and Garbage Collection

Does SSC pick-up on holidays?
When should I set my containers out for pick-up?
What if I lose my recycling bins or they are stolen?
What should I do if my pick-up is missed due to a weather related service delay?
I forgot to set out my (home) curbside recycling? What are my options?
What if I need an extra pick-up?
Does SSC collect hazardous wastes?
Can I dispose of liquids in the garbage?
What do I do with my old burn barrel?
Why are collection calendars not available online?

Preparing Materials For Disposal Or Recycling

Styrofoam (TM)
Window Blinds, Curtains and Draperies
Lighting
Plastic Containers
Fireworks
Plastics - Rigid
Plastics - Film
Pots, Pans, Skillets & Cookie Sheets
Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Shredded Paper
Why do materials need to be clean for recycling?
Infant Car Seats
Gasoline (Dirty)
Garments, Textiles and Fabric Art Supplies
Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC), Wax-Coated Boxes and Brown Paper Bags
Fiberglass Insulation
Paint - Oil-based or Water-based (Latex)
Paperboard Cartons (Refrigerated/Freezer)
Vinyl Siding (PVC)
CD's, Floppy Discs, VHS Tapes and Other Magnetic Media
Oily Rags / Old Shop Towels
Propane Canisters and Tanks
Cooking Oil
Coffee Pods (aka Keurig K-Cups)
Aerosol Cans (Non Hazardous) & Fire Extinguishers
Pet Waste
Mattresses
Appliances (White Goods)
Books, Manuals, Catalogs, etc.
CD/DVD/VHS Plastic Cases
Tires
X-Rays / MRI's etc.
License Plates
(Powdered) Cement
Aseptic Containers (aka Tetra Pak)
Antifreeze
Carpet, Carpet Padding
Golf Clubs
Medicines & Sharps
Marijuana Waste
Glass and Mirrors
Porcelain - Toilets, Sinks, Dishware, Tile
Holiday Lights
Batteries - All Types
E-Waste (Electronics)
Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters

Account Management, Billing & Payment

Can I cancel or put a hold on my service?
What are the extra charges on my bill for?
What bill pay options do you offer?
Where is the invoice number on my bill?
Do you offer a senior rate or discount?
Why are rates not listed online?

Confidential Data Shredding

Do I need to remove staples, paper clips and other fasteners?
Do I need to sign a contract?
What happens to shredded paper?
Why is no sales tax charged?

Garbage and Recyclables - Where does it all go?

What happens to glass?
Where does our garbage go?
What happens to cardboard?
What happens to aluminum?
What happens to newspaper?
What happens to scrap paper?
What happens to office paper?
What happens to plastic containers and film plastics?
What happens to scrap metals?
What happens to construction debris?

Have a question? Ask SSC!


FoodPlus! Yard Debris, Compostable Papers, Food

What is the difference between recyclable and compostable papers?

Having trouble keeping track of what paper goes in the recycling bin and what can go in your FoodPlus! Toter for composting? Hopefully this list will help keep things straight!

Many papers are compostable, but not all papers are recyclable. For SSC customers, the great news is you have the option to keep all paper out of the landfill by either recycling it in your curbside recycling bin or putting it in your FoodPlus! Toter if you subscribe to this service. 

Recyclable Papers

(Place recyclable papers in your scrap paper recycling bin)

Generally, these are high quality papers that get the best market price when they are recycled. They include copy paper, letterhead, envelopes, magazines, old mail, paperboard food boxes used for pastas, cereals, etc., paper tubes from paper towel, toilet paper, gift wrap rolls.  These types of papers should be recycled in your paper curbside recycling bin.

Multi-family (apartment/condo dwellers) and commercial customers with Toter recycling service, please place these types of papers in your Scrap Paper recycling Toter.

Compostable Papers

(Place compostable papers in your FoodPlus! Toter)

These types of paper(s) are not recyclable, but are still compostable. They include any food-soiled papers (including paper plates, napkins, paper towels, pizza boxes, etc.), all polycoated or wax-coated papers including refrigerator and freezer containers like milk/dairy cartons, ice cream containers, frozen food boxes, juice cartons and frozen juice containers (recycle metal lids and plastic strip separately please), to-go/deli type cartons, parchment and waxed paper, paper plates, towels, napkins, tablecloths, bowls and cups, "eco" or "compostable" tableware and utensils (corn, bamboo, potato-based, etc.) and tissue paper. These products should be placed in your FoodPlus! Toter for composting if you are a FoodPlus! subscriber. 

For a complete list of items that can go in your FoodPlus! Toter click here.

NOTE: Aseptic cartons and boxes (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable) ex. juice boxes, juice pouches, milk/dairy beverage cartons, soup/broth cartons, etc. or paper with foil or plastic (ex. foil gift wrap, (TYVEK) postal envelopes) are neither recyclable nor compostable in our area at this time. They should be thrown in the trash.

 

 

 


 

Do you offer pick up of bulky piles or bundles of yard / woody debris?

Yes.

Small volumes - Extra charges apply to collect bulky or bundled materials. Tied bundles should be no longer than four (4) feet and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490 for current rates and additional information.

Large volumes - We also offer dumpster (1-6 yards) and dropbox (10-yd to 40-yd) rentals for large amounts of yard waste or woody debris four (4) feet or longer (max. 20 feet long in 40-yd drop box).

What can I put in the FoodPlus! Toter?

Recycle these items in your FoodPlus! Toter (residential and commercial customers):

ALL FOODS/FOOD SCRAPS including:

  • Fruit/Vegetable Scraps, Peels, Trimmings
  • Spoiled/Outdated Foods
  • Dairy Scraps (such as yogurt, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, milk)
  • Paper Coffee Filters, Coffee Grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Leftovers/Table Scraps
  • Dough Scraps (wrap or bag in PAPER)               
  • All Meat, Fish, Shellfish Scraps (including bones and shells)

 ALL COMPOSTABLE FOOD-SOILED PRODUCTS, including:

  • Pizza Boxes
  • Paper Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Ice Cream/Frozen Food Cartons
  • Paper Deli/Take-Out Cartons
  • Napkins/Paper Towels/Tablecloths
  • Paper Plates, Bowls, Cups
  • Parchment/Waxed Paper, Paper Bags
  • Bakery Boxes, Paper Liners, Waxed Cardboard Boxes
  • Compostable Dishware (Ex. Corn, Potato, Bamboo-Based items) including Plates, Bowls, Cups, Lids, Utensils, Straws, To-Go Containers

All Yard Debris including:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Garden Trimmings/Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Brush/Branches (max. 7" diameter)
  • Floral Trimmings, Houseplants
  • Expired Floral Arrangements, Waxed Floral Paper
  • Seasonal Greens (Pumpkins, Cornstalks, Hay, Gourds, Garlands, Wreaths, Swags, Etc.)

OTHER COMPOSTABLE ITEMS including:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Small Wood Scraps
  • Corks (real, not plastic)

What types of holiday wrap and packaging are recyclable or accepted in the FoodPlus! program?

Many types of holiday packaging and other seasonal items are recyclable or accepted in our FoodPlus! program, including:

Curbside Recycling—YES, please recycle in your Scrap Paper bin:

  • Wrapping paper—No foiled paper please
  • Paper gift bags—Please remove handles
  • Product packaging including paper stuffing, inserts, wraps, boxes, etc.
  • Gift wrap cardboard tubes
  • All cards, tags and envelopes regardless of how much extra material, like glitter, is on them.

Curbside Recycling—YES, please recycle in your Bottles, Cans & Plastic Containers bin:

  • Glass, plastic bottles and jars—lids and caps too
  • Tin cans and lids
  • Plastic containers and lids (no hinged containers, blister-type packaging or film (wrap) plastics)

For blister-type plastic recycling options, click here

Curbside Recycling—YES, please recycle next to your recycling bins as scrap metal:

Holiday lights, extension cords and wire. Please bundle and tie with string, rubber band or twist tie.

FoodPlus!—YES, please compost:

  • Seasonal Greens/Wreaths/Garlands/Swags/Trees (up to 8' tall)—No wire or ribbon please
  • Tissue Paper/Cotton Twine/Cotton or Fabric Gift Bag Handles—No foiled paper
  • Paper Tablecloths/Napkins/Paper Plates, Bowls and Cups
  • Bio-Plastic or Plant-based Utensils, Plates, Bowls and Cups

For more info about items accepted in Food Plus! click here. To sign up for FoodPlus!, click here.

For additional questions or more info, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490.

 

FoodPlus! seasonal, celebration and holiday list of accepted items

Use your FoodPlus! Toter year-round to recycle many compostable items used for seasonal/holiday decorating, parties and other celebrations, including:

Pumpkins/Gourds/Squash

Cornstalks/Hay/Straw

Old or unwanted Halloween candy

Seasonal Greens and Holiday Trees (up to 8' long)

Wreaths, Garlands, Swags (no wire or ribbon please)

Tissue Paper

Cotton Twine, Cotton/Fabric Gift Bag Handles

Paper Tablecloths and Napkins

Paper Plates, Bowls, Cups

Compostable, Plant-based Dishware and Utensils inc. Plates, Bowls and Cups

What do I do with aseptic (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable) cartons and boxes?

Aseptic cartons and boxes, often referred to as "Tetra-Pak" containers, are non-refrigerated, shelf-stable food and beverage containers that include juice boxes, juice pouches, milk/dairy beverage cartons, soup/broth cartons, etc.. Tetra-Pak is a brand name of the largest maker of aseptic packaging. Aseptic packaging and other types of papers with foil component (ex. foil gift wrap) are neither recyclable nor compostable in our area at this time. Aseptic packaging is recyclable in other areas of our state that are closer to markets. It is cost prohibitive at this time to ship this material from Whatcom County. They should be thrown in the trash.

Recycling and Garbage Collection

Does SSC pick-up on holidays?

Yes, SSC crews work all holidays that fall on weekdays.

If your collection day falls on a holiday, please set out your garbage, recycling and/or FoodPlus! (if you subscribe to this service) the night before your collection day. We may be in your area a bit earlier that usual on holidays due to lighter traffic. Make sure to have your containers out so we don't miss your pick-up!

If windy, please place individual recycling bins on the ground rather than stacking.

SSC offices and three area Transfer Stations & Recycling Centers are closed most major holidays.  Please check our News, Facebook or Twitter pages for the latest info. 

When should I set my containers out for pick-up?

Please set out recycling bins, recycling Toters, FoodPlus! Toters, garbage cans or garbage Toters in a visible location the night before your regular collection day.

As our area grows, collection times in your neighborhood may change. To help us keep program costs low, please set out recycle bins only when full. Max. bin wt - 35 lbs.

On windy days, please place individual recycling bins on the ground rather than stacking to prevent tipping and windblown litter.

For garbage cans and Toters, please bag all garbage, packing peanuts, shredded paper, animal waste/litter, sawdust and cooled ashes to prevent windblown litter!

Thank you for your cooperation!

What if I lose my recycling bins or they are stolen?

Recycling bins remain the property of Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC). Please do not take recycling bins, FoodPlus! Toters or garbage Toters with you if you move.

Please mark your address on your bins. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen recycle bins. Customers are responsible for any theft, loss or damage in excess of normal use.

If any of your SSC containers are lost or stolen, please click here or contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490 to order replacements.

 

What should I do if my pick-up is missed due to a weather related service delay?

During times of severe weather, service(s) may be delayed. If we cannot collect material on your regular service day, please leave your container(s) out at the curb (or alley). We will collect material as soon as possible. This may be the next business day or the next time we are scheduled to service your area. Please brush snow off containers. Tips to prevent windblown litter are here.

If we do not service your account until your next regularly scheduled service day, we will take extra material at no extra charge (not to exceed an amount that would be reasonably generated as a result of missed pick up). Use bags for extra material.

For the latest info, click here or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com for specific account questions. Your patience and understanding is appreciated as we work to safely collect all materials during these times.

 

 

I forgot to set out my (home) curbside recycling? What are my options?

There are a couple options:

1) Store your recyclables and set out at your next regularly scheduled pick-up. If your recycling bins are full, place moderate quantities of extra materials in a small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a curbside recycling bin. Max. bin wt. 35 lbs.

2) Visit one of our Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers and let the attendant know you forgot to set out your home curbside recycling. We will accept those recyclables at no charge.

For questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490. 

 

What if I need an extra pick-up?

If you need an extra pick-up between regular collections or you have a large amount of garbage or recyclables, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call (360) 734-3490 to arrange for a special pick-up.

Moderate quantities of extra recyclables will be collected at no extra charge Place extra materials next to recycling bins in an open plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than your curbside recycling bin. Max. bin wt. - 35 lbs.

Additional garbage collected will result in additional charges. For current rates or additional questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490.

 

Does SSC collect hazardous wastes?

SSC does not accept any kind of hazardous, toxic, radioactive or dangerous waste(s), ammunition, explosives, dead animals, CFL/fluorescent lights, old gasoline, solvents, antifreeze, asbestos, pesticides, oil-based paints or hot ashes.

Note: hot ashes should never be placed in your Toter® or can. Hot ashes are a fire hazard and should never be placed in a Toter® or can. Set in a metal can outside and away from buildings, structures or anything that can ignite. Let cool completely. Place COLD ashes in a bag and dispose of as garbage.

Examples of some types of common household hazardous waste include: paints, fluorescent lights, old gasoline, oil, solvents, antifreeze, asbestos (siding, shingles, floor adhesive, etc), pesticides/herbicides/other liquid chemicals, fluorescent lighting and certain other lighting products. Click here for list of lighting products we do accept for recycling.

To dispose of these types of wastes, please contact the Disposal of Toxics program at (360) 380-4640. Disposal of Toxics accepts a variety of household hazardous wastes from Whatcom County residents. Chemical wastes from Whatcom County businesses are also accepted by Disposal of Toxics with prior approval.

To dispose of ammunition or explosives (old boat flares, fireworks, etc.), contact the Washington State Patrol (Bellingham office) at 360-676-2007 or the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800 for options.

Can I dispose of liquids in the garbage?

Small quantities of household liquids such as cooking oils and beauty products are acceptable. SSC is unable to collect hazardous liquids such as pesticides, paints, thinners, solvents, fuels or cooking oils from businesses. Please contact the Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640 for safe disposal options or click here.

Commercial establishments can contact the following rendering services for disposal of cooking oils:

Darling International or 800-524-2401

J&S Rendering or 800-562-5058

What do I do with my old burn barrel?

Collection of burn barrels is classified as a special pick-up. We can only accept empty barrels (no ashes).

For burn barrels with material in them please contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency for instructions or call 800-622-4627.

Why are collection calendars not available online?

SSC has many service and collection options available to our customers. Our routes are designed to provide the highest quality recycling and garbage collection service at the lowest possible cost.

Each service has a different collection schedule, including every other week (EOW), monthly and weekly service. In order to ensure our customers receive the correct collection calendar, we ask that you contact us and request a calendar at this time.You can also get collection information via your online account. To sign up click here.


Preparing Materials For Disposal Or Recycling

Styrofoam (TM)

Unfortunately, no recycling options are available in our area for Styrofoam™. Consider these reuse options:

Contact local postal, mailing and shipping outlets directly about accepting Styrofoam for reuse.

Here are two in Bellingham that accept Styrofoam™ peanuts and bubble wrap. No charge.

Fairhaven Post & Parcel-1050 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham

Cordata Post & Parcel-424 W. Bakerview Ave Ste 105, Bellingham

Coolers and similar large packing blocks: Check with the company or organization that delivered or shipped them about taking the packaging back intact.

If you cannot find a reuse option, Styrofoam™ can be placed in your garbage for disposal. Please bag Styrofoam™ peanuts and other smaller pieces to prevent windblown litter.

Styrofoam is not accepted in the Food Plus! program.

Please note this should you use Styrofoam as a filler in plant pots, vases, etc. 

For other reuse ideas, visit: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20349692,00.html

 

 

Window Blinds, Curtains and Draperies

Metal window blinds (36” or less), and similar metal items, are accepted in our curbside recycling program. Please remove and discard the plastic handle. String drawcords are OK. Please place next to recycling bins for pick-up.

Plastic and wood window blinds - dispose of as trash.

Metal window blinds longer than 36”, or other large scrap metal items made from steel, copper, aluminum and/or brass, are accepted for recycling at any of our three area recycling centers (list below). See list below, or for more info click here. Hours vary. Small recycling fee charged.

Curtains and Draperies - clean cloth curtains and draperies are accepted at no charge by Ragfinery, a Bellingham textile reuse business.

Donations accepted Tue-Thur 10-5 or 24/7 in their dropbox at 1421 N. Forest St.  

Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers

Bellingham-1001 Roeder Ave (Corner F St & Roeder Ave), Bellingham, 360.734.3490.

Birch Bay-4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, Birch Bay, 360.734.3490.

Cedarville-Cedarville Rd, ¼ mile off Mt. Baker Highway, Everson, 360.734.3490.

We also offer our convenient You Call-We Haul junk recycling or disposal service to residential and commercial customers. Contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490 to arrange pick-up. Rates vary. 

 

 

Lighting

SSC no longer accepts lighting products for recycling at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center.

Dead LED and incandescent bulbs can be placed in the garbage. If broken, handle carefully like any broken glass material.

To recycle or properly dispose of used fluorescent or compact fluorescent bulbs and other lighting, visit these area drop off locations:

Whatcom Farmer's Coop-Fairhaven

Bellingham Ace Hardware

Ferndale Ace Hardware

Whatcom County Disposal of Toxics

Reminder: It is illegal to dispose of mercury-containing lights with regular garbage (RCW 70.275.080).

More information can be found at:

LightRecycle Washington: http://lightrecyclewa.org/

Disposal of Toxics: 360.380.4640 or
http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/publication/solidwaste/construction/toxics.jsp

Puget Sound Energy (PSE):
http://www.pse.com/solutions/foryourhome/pages/rebatesOnLighting.aspx?tab=5&chapter=1


 

Plastic Containers

The following plastic containers can be recycled in our residential and commercial curbside recycling programs:

Bottles, Jugs, Caps & Rings

Cups, Jars, Tubs, Pails, Buckets & Lids

(max. bucket size for curbside pick-up is 1 gal. with metal handles removed)

All colors and numbers. Labels OK.

Remove lids and caps. Rinse CLEAN. FLATTEN bottles. Replace caps and recycle containers loose or nested together.

Recycle plastic containers used for these types of products:

Beverages, dairy products, deli foods, sauces/condiments, cooking oils, soaps, detergents, cleaners (kitchen, laundry & garage), snack foods, frozen foods, storage/freezer containers, hair/body care, health/medicine, single-serve cold beverage cups/lids, hot beverage lids, caps and rings.

At this time, we cannot accept the following plastics for recycling in the residential or commercial curbside recycling programs, or at our transfer station recycling centers:

NO plastic pumps, Styrofoam, tableware/utensils, toys, foam rubber, insulation or any plastic containers that held potentially hazardous materials.

Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490 about opportunities for recycling larger quantities or other types of plastics such as buckets larger than 1 gallon, pipe, film plastics, agricultural plastics and plant pots/planters/trays, hinged plastics and blister-type plastic packaging.

Fireworks

All used fireworks should be soaked in a bucket of water and then disposed of in your garbage.

To dispose of duds, unused fireworks or other ammunition or explosives (old boat flares, etc.), please contact one of these agencies for options:

  • Washington State Patrol (Bellingham office) 360.676.2007
  • Bellingham Police Department 360.778.8800

For questions or more information, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

 

Plastics - Rigid

These plastic items are recyclable as long as they have the chasing arrows logo and resin number inside. They are not accepted through our curbside recycling program.

  • Video cases (note: we no longer can accept CD/DVD plastic cases):
    • To dispose of CDs/DVDs or other magnetic media, click here for info on our shredding services.
  • Plant pots and plant trays (brush clean and stack).
  • "Blister" packaging (plastic packaging used to package items like batteries, toys, toiletries, ink cartridges, etc.)
  • Play kid pools, snow sleds
  • Buckets (clean, any size). No metal handles. Recycle paper sleeves or inserts with scrap paper.
  • Corrugated plastic (Coro-plast, etc.) yard signs

They are accepted for recycling at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center ONLY located at 1001 Roeder Avenue (corner F St & Roeder Ave). Hours are Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM. Closed most major holidays. Fee charged. Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490 for current rates or questions.

Reminder: these items are NOT accepted through our curbside recycling programs, or at any of our other Drop Box Facilities & Recycling Centers.

Plastics - Film

SSC accepts film plastics including bags, film, wrap, tarps and sheeting at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center ONLY.

IMPORTANT!  These plastic items are not accepted through our residential curbside recycling program. They are only accepted for recycling at the Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center, located at 1001 Roeder Avenue (Corner F St & Roeder Ave). Hours are Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM. Closed most major holidays. Click here for more info. 

Attention Commercial Customers: If your business generates larger quantities of these materials, we offer routed collection options. Please contact Rodd Pemble, Recycling Manager at rodd@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490. Click here for more info on our commercial services for recycling plastics.

Film plastics accepted for recycling include CLEAN:

  • Bags / Packaging (grocery, newspaper, produce, bakery, deli, dry cleaner, garden, shipping, mail order, storage/freezer, frozen food, etc.)
  • Film/Wrap (food wrap, magazine/mail, bubblewrap, spun fiber packing, poly sheeting/Visqueen, painter’s drop sheets, pallet wrap, etc.)
  • Tarps - please cut out metal grommets
  • Commercial/Construction – (insulation bags, lumber wrap w/o paper backing, “Super Sacks”, sileage bags, etc.). 

All types and colors accepted. Material must be clean. NO Styrofoam™ or thin foam sheets.

Recommendation: compact (in can or plastic sack) to save money.

Fee charged. Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490 for rates or questions

Bubblewrap

Bubblewrap is accepted for reuse at these locations:

Here are two in Bellingham that accept bubble wrap (and Styrofoam peanuts). No charge.

Fairhaven Post & Parcel-1050 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham

Cordata Post & Parcel-424 W. Bakerview Ave Ste 105, Bellingham


Pots, Pans, Skillets & Cookie Sheets

Old, unusable metal pots, pans, skillets, and cookie sheets can be recycled as scrap metal along with other steel, copper, aluminum and brass products, and empty non-hazardous aerosol cans. Maximum 35 lbs. per pick up. Maximum length 24 inches. Store in a box and place next to curbside containers for pick-up.

Small plastic handles are OK if not easily removed.

Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

There are two types of smoke alarms available on the market - ionization and photoelectric. Both contain plastic, electronic circuit boards and in some cases, batteries. Some ionization smoke alarms contain radioactive materials and cannot be recycled. Here's how to properly dispose of each:

Ionization Smoke Alarm

  1. Remove the battery. If alkaline, dispose of it in the garbage. If lithium, drop off for recycling at your local electronics store. Some local grocers also have battery recycling containers.
  2. Carefully remove the plastic cover and recycle it with bottles, cans and plastic containers in your curbside recycling bin.
  3. Package the remaining alarm and mail it back to the manufacturer who will properly dispose of it. The address of the manufacturer is usually listed in the product warranty or user's manual.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

  1. Remove the battery. If alkaline, dispose of it in the garbage. If lithium, drop off for recycling at your local electronics store. Some local grocers also have battery recycling containers.
  2. Carefully remove the plastic cover and recycle it with bottles, cans and plastic containers in your curbside recycling bin.
  3. Dispose of the rest of the unit in your garbage.

For info on proper disposal of fire extinguishers, click here.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Remove and dispose of battery in the trash. Recycle carbon monoxide detector shells with bottles, cans and plastic containers. 

For additional questions or more info, please email us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

Shredded Paper

Yes. Shredded paper is accepted for recycling. Please bag all shredded paper in a paper bag, then tape shut with masking tape to prevent it from blowing. Lay sideways in your scrap paper recycling bin.For more info on preparing your recyclables, click here.

For questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

SSC also offers confidential data shredding – mobile on-site or drop-off at our Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station located at 1001 Roeder Avenue (corner F & Roeder).

For more info on our shredding services, click here.

 

 

Why do materials need to be clean for recycling?

Properly rinsing leftover food and residue from bottles, cans and plastic containers is an important step in the recycling process. As materials are baled in large compactors, any residual food or residue left in the containers gets squished out, making a mess and potentially creating stormwater run-off issues at the recycling center. When bales are stored prior to shipment, and again when broken open at the mill, residue attracts disease vectors like rats and insects. All these factors lower the value of the material being recycling, which means brokers pay less, and local program see higher costs, which are ultimately passed on to customers.

Our community’s recycling programs produce some of the cleanest materials in the entire nation, largely due to the care and attention paid by customers who take that extra step to recycle only clean materials.

Helpful Tip: Wash sticky or goopy bottles, cans and plastic containers with other dirty dishes in the dishwasher or sink.

For more info about preparing recyclables for recycling click here.

 

 

 

Infant Car Seats

If you are willing to dismantle and separate out the metal and plastic components, expired car seats can be recycled. Details:

Metal: recycle via our curbside program by placing in a box next to your curbside bins along with other scrap metal. More here.

Plastic: if the seat has the "RECYCLE" chasing arrow symbol with a number inside the triangle on it, then it can be recycled at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycle Center at 1001 Roeder Ave (corner F St & Roeder Ave). Fees apply. Please check in at the front office for instructions and to pay. We accept a variety of plastics and other recyclables for drop-off so you might want to gather up enough to make the trip worthwhile. A complete list of what is accepted is here.

All other parts of the seat can be thrown in the trash.

 

Gasoline (Dirty)

Dirty (or old) gasoline, as well as most used solvents, paint thinners, and similar products can be properly disposed of through Whatcom County's Disposal of Toxics program. For specific instructions call 360.380.4640.

For obvious reasons of flammability and hazards to wildlife, such materials should never be placed in the garbage Toters or recycling bins, or dumped on the ground or in storm drains.

For info on recycling used motor oil or oil filters, click here

 

Garments, Textiles and Fabric Art Supplies

Unwanted garments, textiles and fabric art supplies can be recycled at Ragfinery®, 1421 N. Forest St. in Bellingham. Ragfinery® accepts:

Clean and dry clothing– mens, womens, childrens. ALL varieties except undergarments.

Clean and dry home linens– blankets, draperies, sheets, etc.

Textile Arts Supplies:

  • unfinished fabrics
  • sewing machines
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing notions of all kinds!
  • textile measuring tape
  • dress forms
  • elastic
  • trim
  • ribbons
  • fabric paint
  • fabric glue

Donations accepted:    

Tuesday-Thursday from 10AM-5PM

24/7 dropbox in front of their building

 

Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC), Wax-Coated Boxes and Brown Paper Bags

Remove packing materials. Flatten and bundle. One bundle per pickup (residential customers only). Max. bundle  size 24"x48"x6". No Styrofoam, plastic packing or wax-coated boxes.

Note: Home-based businesses with regular, large quantities of cardboard require commercial recycling service. For more info on our commercial cardboard recycling service, click here. To sign up for service, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.  

Wax-coated cardboard: Small quantities accepted flattened, loose. $0.25/box (based on weight of ~6.5lbs/box). 

Special picks-ups of large quantities available to residential customers for a fee. Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490 with questions or to schedule a pick-up. 

SSC operates three area Drop Box Facilities & Recycling Centers that accept cardboard (OCC) for recycling. Fee charged.

 

 

Fiberglass Insulation

If clean and dry, consider reusing it if possible or carefully bagging it and giving away. At present, there is no recycling available locally for fiberglass insulation.

If reuse is not an option, bag and dispose of with your trash.

Reminder: wear proper protective gear to minimize your risk from harmful fiberglass fibers in the air!

The closest recycler in our area is Recovery 1 in Tacoma. For more info visit: http://www.recovery1.com/t42/21643/a3215/Recyclable-Items/Fiberglass-Insulation.html

Paint - Oil-based or Water-based (Latex)

Disposal and recycling options for paints and stains depends on whether they are oil-based or water-based (latex) and whether they were used for home or business purposes. 

Oil-based Paints and Stains

All oil-based paints from residential (home) or commercial (business) sources must be taken to Disposal of Toxics (DoT) for proper handling. Visit Disposal of Toxics for info or call (360) 380-4640.

LATEX (water-based) Paints and Stains

Latex (water-based) paints and stains from residential (home) sources should be solidified and then disposed in your garbage. Let sit to solidify or stir in cat litter or wood chips to dry out and solidify. When hard, discard in garbage (leave lid OFF so driver can see). For larger quantities of latex paint or paint that is not solidified, try to use up or contact Disposal of Toxics or (360) 380-4640 for options.

Latex paints and stains (half a can or more in good condition) can be donated for reuse to The ReStore, 2309 Meridian Street, Bellingham. (360) 647-5921.

Empty Metal or Plastic Paint Cans and Lids (up to 1 gal.)

Remove lid. Recycle any paper label with scrap paper. Set can and lid out to dry.

Residential and Multi-Family Customers

Recycle with bottles, cans and plastic containers in recycling bin or Toter®.

Commercial Customers

Business generated hazardous waste is not accepted. Businesses should contact Disposal of Toxics for disposal or recycling options or call (360) 380-4640.

Do you have a recycling or service question? Ask SSC! For more questions please contact us

Paperboard Cartons (Refrigerated/Freezer)

There are two kinds of cartons for food and drink – refrigerated/frozen paperboard and non-refrigerated, shelf-stable cartons, also known as aseptic.

Paperboard cartons (without foil liners) can be composted in our FoodPlus! program. This includes all refrigerator cartons for dairy, juice, ice cream, and other refrigerated or frozen food boxes without plastic liner bags. Please discard any spouts or plastic parts before placing the cartons in your FoodPlus! ToterTM.  Tip: paperboard cartons make convenient holders for kitchen food scraps before placing the whole package into the FoodPlus! Toter. FYI-to recycle freezer boxes with plastic liner bags, separate and recycle the box with scrap paper and recycle the clean, dry liner bags at most local grocery stores, along with other common household plastic bags – produce, sandwich bags, newspaper bags, garment bags, bubble wrap, etc. For info on aseptic products, click here.

 

 

Vinyl Siding (PVC)

There are no local options for recycling vinyl siding (PVC). Please reuse or dispose of as garbage. To schedule a pick-up service, contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490. 

Note: We do accept PVC pipe (#3) through our commingled construction recycling service. More info here.

CD's, Floppy Discs, VHS Tapes and Other Magnetic Media

We offer secure shredding and disposal of floppy discs and other media including CD's, VHS / Audiotape cassettes and other magnetic media, etc. Mobile on-site service or drop-off at our Bellingham Transfer Station / Recycling Center. Fee charged. To schedule on-site shred service please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

For floppy discs that are reusable, try donating them to a library, school, non-profit or local charity or giving them away or selling online via places like Craigslist or EBAY. Other reuse or recycling options listed below. Please contact first for latest info:

GreenDisk 800.305.DISK http://www.greendisk.com/

3RTechnology 888.957.2682 http://www.3rtechnology.com/

Alternative Community Training (ACT) http://www.actrecycling.org/services/act-works

Freecycle https://groups.freecycle.org/group/BellinghamWAFreecycle/description

 

 

Propane Canisters

Empty propane canisters used for camp stoves, lanterns, propane torches, small BBQ’s and trailers should be taken to Disposal of Toxics(DoT) for proper handling. For more info call 360.380.4640 or click here.

Isobutane Canisters

Empty isobutane canisters used for backpacking stoves can be safely punctured using a special tool sold at outdoor shops and then placed as scrap metal beside your curbside recycle bins (along with empty aerosol cans which did not contain toxic products).

Propane Tanks

We accept propane tanks (BBQ-size) for recycling as scrap metal at our Drop-Off Recycling Center / Transfer Stations only. Tanks must be empty and valve removed. Propane tanks are not accepted as garbage or through our curbside programs.

For Recycling Center/Transfer Station locations, see list below or for more info, click here.

Hours vary - call first. A small recycling fee is charged.

Recycling Center / Transfer Stations

Bellingham | 1001 Roeder Ave (corner F & Roeder) - Bellingham | 360.734.3490

Birch Bay | 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd - Birch Bay | 360.734.3490

Cedarville | Cedarville Rd, ¼ mile off Mt. Baker Hwy - Everson | 360.734.3490

For questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490.

Cooking Oil

For residential customers with used cooking oil, we recommend recycling it via Disposal of Toxics. They offer free drop off of moderate quantities. For questions, contact them directly at 360.380.4640.

If that is not possible, and it's a small quantity, homeowners may place used cooking oil in a sturdy plastic bottle, seal tightly and place in a plastic bag in garbage. Please make sure oil is cooled before placing in garbage.

For commercial generators of cooking oil, there are options for collection and recycling of used cooking oil.

Locally, Whole Energy pays Whatcom County restaurants to save it for their production of biodiesel in Skagit County. Another local option is VegOil Recycle. They also have information about bio-diesel conversion kits for diesel automobiles.

For more info contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490.

Coffee Pods (aka Keurig K-Cups)

Single-use coffee pods cannot be recycled at this time because they are made of three materials: a plastic cup, which is lined with a plastic or heat-sealed paper filter, and a polyethylene-coated aluminum foil top.

For more info please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

Aerosol Cans (Non Hazardous) & Fire Extinguishers

Aerosol Cans (Non-Hazardous)

Non-hazardous, aerosol cans ONLY are accepted for recycling. Aerosol cans must be EMPTY. No pressure or contents must be left in can. Leave cap on (if you have it). Place in cardboard box with any other scrap metal. Set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters® for collection.

Hazardous product aerosol cans, or cans that are not empty must be taken to Disposal of Toxics for safe disposal. For more info call 360.380.4640.

Businesses with aerosol cans should contact Disposal of Toxics for disposal or recycling options. For more info call 360.380.4640.

Fire Extinguishers

Empty tanks are accepted for recycling as scrap metal in our curbside recycling program. No pressure or contents can be left in tank. Remove plastic or rubber parts if possible.

Place in cardboard box with other scrap metal and set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters® for collection.

We also accept empty tanks at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center located at F St & Roeder Avenue.  

Security Solutions in Bellingham will accept your empty tank for refurbishing depending on its condition (small charge may apply).

For antique extinguishers (pre 1960) please contact Disposal of Toxics or call (360) 380-4640 for options. 

For info on proper handling of smoke alarms, click here

For additional questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490.

 

Pet Waste

All pet waste should be bagged and disposed of in the trash.

Pet wastes are not accepted in the FoodPlus! program.

The City of Bellingham's Scoop the Poop program is a project promoting proper pet waste disposal in several Bellingham neighborhoods. For more information, contact the City of Bellingham at 360-778-7800.

Mattresses

Items like an old mattress beyond reuse or repair can be set out next to your garbage Toter® for pickup. Charges apply.

Other options include visiting one of our Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers or our You Call-We Haul junk hauling service.

Drop Box Facilities & Recycling Centers

Bellingham-1001Roeder Ave (Corner F St & Roeder Ave), Bellingham, 360.734.3490.

Birch Bay-4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, Birch Bay, 360.734.3490.

Cedarville-Cedarville Rd, ¼ mile off Mt. Baker Highway, Everson, 360.734.3490.

You Call-We Haul - junk hauling service. A variety of items are accepted including appliances, furniture and electronics. No minimum charge. Weekend service is available.

For rates or to schedule service, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

 

 

Appliances (White Goods)

We offer several options for recycling appliances (also known as white goods).

To recycle appliances with compressors, such as refrigerators, freezers, AC units, etc., please contact us at (360) 734-3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com to schedule pickup through our You Call – We Haul junk hauling service.

Non-compressor appliances, such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc. are accepted for a fee at our Bellingham Recycling Center located at F & Roeder and recycled as scrap metal via Northwest Recycling. 

Reminder: we do not accept appliances as part of our regular curbside garbage or recycling collection service.

For current rates or to schedule a pick-up please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

 

Books, Manuals, Catalogs, etc.

Paperback books, manuals, magazines, catalogs and similar softback or loose-leaf (3-ring binder, etc.) material can be recycled as scrap paper through our curbside recycling program.

Remove and discard hard covers and bindings (wire, plastic, etc.) before recycling.

Please recycle in your scrap paper bin. For larger quantities, please place in a small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin. If you prefer to drop-off large quantities, they are accepted at our Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers for a small fee. More here.

Additional items that can be recycled in your scrap paper bin, include:

  • Mail, magazines, catalogs, photos
  • Envelopes, stationery, labels, paper sacks, phone books, paperback books, manuals, textbooks and guides. Note: remove and discard covers and bindings of hardback books.
  • Computer, copy/office paper (all colors), carbonless paper, file folders, poster paper
  • Paperboard cartons (ex. Cereal boxes, mac n' cheese boxes, shoe boxes, gift boxes, egg cartons). Discard liners/packing material. Flatten.
  • Staples, paper clips, file folder clips OK

For questions contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

 

CD/DVD/VHS Plastic Cases

CD, DVD and VHS plastic cases are accepted for recycling at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center only. Fee charged.

We also accept other rigid plastics for recycling at this location. For more info click here.

Secure shredding and disposal of CD's and other media including floppy disks, magnetic tapes, etc. is available. Mobile on-site service or drop-off at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center. Fee charged.

To schedule on-site shred service please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

Tires

Tires are accepted curbside and can be set out next to your garbage Toter® for disposal. Extra fees apply and will appear on your next bill. Please contact us at 360.734.3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com for an estimate or to schedule a pickup of multiple tires.

Separate rims can be placed beside your curbside recycling bins as scrap metal (max wt. 35 lbs, max length 24”).

We also accept tires for disposal at any of our three area Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers. Fee charged.

Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers 

Bellingham: 1001 Roeder Ave (corner F & Roeder) – Bellingham. Check in at front office for instructions and to pay. Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM.

Birch Bay: 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd – Birch Bay. Sundays 9AM-5PM.

Cedarville: Cedarville Rd, ¼ mile off Mt. Baker Hwy – Everson. Saturdays 9AM-5PM.

Check with your local tire retailer for additional recycling or disposal options.

For questions or more info please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

X-Rays / MRI's etc.

X Rays and MRI's can be safely disposed of in the regular trash.

Here are some other options to consider:

Contact your physician/lab/hospital to see if they will take them back for disposal or recycling.


Donate to a school, etc. for use as a teaching tool or as part of an arts/craft project?


Check out these nation-wide, mail-in recycling options:

http://www.recyclingxrays.com/

License Plates

Remove or invalidate the month and year tabs then bend the plates so they can't be used on another vehicle.

Recycle old license plates, except those listed below, with bottles, cans and plastic containers or at one of our Recycling Centers:

Recycling Centers / Transfer Stations

Bellingham-1001Roeder Ave (Corner F St & Roeder Ave), Bellingham, 360.734.3490

Birch Bay-4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, Birch Bay, 360.734.3490

Cedarville-Cedarville Rd, ¼ mile off Mt. Baker Highway, Everson, 360.734.3490

We cannot accept the following types of plates. Please return to a vehicle licensing office. For more info click here.

Commercial vehicle plates (gross weight over 12,000 pounds)
Personalized plates
Baseball stadium plates
Horseless carriage plates
Amateur radio operator (HAM) plates
Medal of Honor plates
Pearl Harbor survivor plates
Gold Star parent plates

 

(Powdered) Cement

If the cement is still powdery (probably not more than a few months old), you can transfer it carefully to a heavy plastic bag and seal it up until you’re ready to use it. Wear safety goggles, a dust mask, gloves, and long sleeves.

If the cement has started to go hard and formed solid lumps (or is older than a few months), it’s probably best to dispose in the garbage. Cement, and the cement in concrete or mortar mix will begin to cure as soon as it absorbs moisture, including from the air.  After it hardens to a certain point, it will not perform as it was designed, and you may have to redo work built with it. 

Reminder: the typical 60-gallon home garbage ToterTM allows only 100 pounds net load per pick-up, and a sack of cement or mortar mix can weigh 90 pounds by itself!  Don’t overload containers, please.

Aseptic Containers (aka Tetra Pak)

Aseptic cartons and boxes, often referred to as "Tetra-Pak" containers, are non-refrigerated, shelf-stable food and beverage containers that include juice boxes, juice pouches, milk/dairy beverage cartons, soup/broth cartons, etc.. Tetra-Pak is a brand name of the largest maker of aseptic packaging. Aseptic packaging and other types of papers with foil component (ex. foil gift wrap) are neither recyclable nor compostable in our area at this time. Aseptic packaging is recyclable in other areas of our state that are closer to markets. It is cost prohibitive at this time to ship this material from Whatcom County. They should be thrown in the trash.

Antifreeze

Recycle antifreeze at these locations:

SSC Cedarville Transfer Station - open Saturdays 9AM - 5PM. Cedarville Road

SSC Birch Bay Transfer Station - open Sundays 9AM - 5PM. 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd

Disposal of Toxics - Weekdays 9AM - 4PM
3505 Airport Drive or 360.380.4640.

Some speedy lube/oil businesses may also take household quantities. Inquire direct.

Please note antifreeze is not accepted in our curbside recycling program. For additional questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

Carpet, Carpet Padding

Carpet, padding and tacking are not accepted for recycling at this time in our area. Please dispose of these items in your garbage Toter® if they fit and the lid can be closed. If you have a small amount, but it is too bulky to fit in Toter®, contact us to schedule a curbside pick-up on your regular collection day. Extra fees apply.

For larger volumes, or items too large for curbside pick-up, use our You Call We Haul junk hauling service or visit one of our three transfer stations. Details on all options are below:

Curbside Pickup - Exact rate depends on item and size. Contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490 for estimate.

SSC Recycling Centers/Transfer Stations. Items are accepted for a small fee. Hours vary. Please call first. For a complete list of accepted items click here.

Golf Clubs

Golf clubs/bag not worthy of donating for reuse can be  taken apart for recycling and disposal. Metal club shafts can be recycled as scrap metal. All else can be discarded in the trash. 


If they are in usable condition, we would encourage donating them to a local charity like The ARC/Value Village, Goodwill or school golf team.

The local non-profit, We Snip, hosts a large garage sale every fall and accepts donations.

Medicines & Sharps

Information on proper disposal or recycling is here.


Marijuana Waste

Marijuana waste is ONLY accepted as garbage and may need testing and special handling.

For more info, contact Bill Angel, Whatcom County Health Department, wangel@co.whatcom.wa.us or (360) 676-6724 ext. 50831 or Disposal of Toxics at (360) 380-4640 before disposing.

Marijuana waste is not accepted in our FoodPlus! program.

Glass and Mirrors

GLASS

We accept all colors of food and beverage glass bottles and jars (plus lids, labels and caps) for recycling.

  • Please remove lids and caps and place loose in recycling container. Avoid breaking glass.
  • Rinse bottles and jars clean.
  • Reminder: Bottles must be removed from 6-pak and half case boxes, etc. before recycling.

While food and beverage glass is recyclable, for safety reasons, we prefer that broken or shattered glass be bagged or placed inside an empty carton (milk/juice) or box and discarded as garbage. Cracked or chipped glass bottles and jars are accepted for recycling.

For more info on how to prepare materials for recycling click here. For questions please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

MIRRORS / OTHER NON-RECYCLABLES

Picture frame glass, also referred to as plate glass, and similar breakable items like ceramic dishware, drinking glasses, mirrors, PYREX, window glass and lightbulbs are not accepted for recycling. Please wrap in newspaper then place in a plastic bag in your trash.

Plate glass, and other non food and beverage container glass, melts at a different temperature than container glass and can't be separated once mixed in the recycling stream.

 

Porcelain - Toilets, Sinks, Dishware, Tile

There are several options for recycling or reusing toilets, sinks, dishware and tile.

Our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center accepts porcelain toilets, sinks, dishware and tiles for recycling. Porcelain fixtures can be delivered whole or broken. Fixtures must be clean with all metal, plastic or wood parts removed. No glass. Check in at office to pay.

Our You Call-We Haul junk hauling service is also available for recycling and disposal of toilets, sinks and other junk.

Jobsite Services
Contractors with construction/demo debris recycling containers can recycle clean porcelain toilets and sinks (whole or broken) in our mixed construction recycling boxes. All metal, plastic and wood parts must be removed and recycled loose in box. Large quantities of porcelain fixtures? We offer a dedicated drop box option. Learn more about our jobsite services.

Sinks
Smaller metal sinks (less than 24 in. and less than 35 lbs.) can be recycled as scrap metal by placing them next to your curbside recycling bins. Larger metal sinks and bathtubs can be recycled at our Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station. Sinks (non-wall mounted) in good condition can be donated to The ReStore. Call first 360.647.5921 to confirm.

Porcelain toilets and sinks are crushed and used locally as an aggregate in sidewalk cement and other flatwork concrete. Learn more about Poticrete.

For questions or more info, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490.

Holiday Lights

Holiday lights, extension cords and wire are recyclable as scrap metal. Please bundle and tie with string, rubber band or twist tie and place next to recycling bins for pick-up.

For a list of holiday items accepted in our curbside recycling program, click here.

For a list of holiday items accepted in our FoodPlus! program, click here

 

Batteries - All Types

Vehicle Batteries (Lead Acid) - Car, truck, motorcycle and boat batteries. Store in a box or bag. No cracked, leaking, household or rechargeable batteries accepted. Leave battery caps on. Note: Battery should say “Pb” on it, which designates it as Lead Acid.

Residential and Multi-Family Curbside Customers: please set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters.

Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Batteries – Used in security, emergency, backup, mobile medical devices, etc. Store in a box or bag. No cracked, leaking, household or rechargeable batteries accepted. Note: Battery should say “Pb” on it, which designates it as Lead Acid.

Residential and Multi-Family Curbside Customers: please set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters. 

Rechargeable Batteries - Ni-Cad, NiMh, Lithium and those used for cell phones, cameras, hearing aids, rechargeable tools, etc. Please contact Disposal of Toxics or 360.380.4640 for recycling or disposal options.

Household Batteries - Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries no longer contain mercury and can be recycled at any of the businesses listed below or disposed of with your regular household trash.

Community Food Coop – Cordata
315 Westerly Road ~ Bellingham 

Community Food Coop - Downtown
1220 North Forest Street ~ Bellingham 

Bellingham Public Market
1530 Cornwall Ave. ~ Bellingham

Ace Hardware – Ferndale
5715 Fourth Avenue ~ Ferndale

Ace Hardware – Lynden
1736 Front Street ~ Lynden

 

E-Waste (Electronics)

A wide range of electronic products (e-waste) from computers and copiers to TV's and VCR/DVD players are accepted for recycling. Residential customers click here for detailed lists of what is accepted and fees. All items collected are responsibly recycled or reused.

There are several recycling options for residential and commercial customers:

Curbside Unplugged

Available to City of Bellingham residential and commercial customers (inside city limits) and commercial Toter(TM) recycling customers outside the city limits. Customers may have a quantity limit per pick-up due to limited truck space. There is no limit on number of pick-ups scheduled however, so customers with larger amounts of items could schedule pick-ups several weeks in a row.

SSC commercial customers outside city limits with our stacking bin recycling service or for those without any recycling service can schedule a special pick-up of electronics. Same recycling fees apply, plus truck time charge.

Special Pick-up

Available to all customers with larger quantities of items or for those that do not want to haul items themselves to our drop-off center. Special Pick-ups must be scheduled and all materials are collected at one time. Same recycling fees apply, plus truck time charge for this option.

Contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490 to schedule curbside or Special Pick-Up. You must schedule a pick-up for curbside collection and obtain an SSC Work Order number. Please do not set electronics at the curb before your assigned date.

Drop-Off

Available to anyone. Drop off location is at the SSC F& Roeder Recycling Center and Transfer Station.

For items that are still working, consider donating to a local charity. 

 

 

 

Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters

Used Motor Oil

Used motor oil ONLY is accepted for recycling. Please do not mix with anything else.

Store in a one gallon (or smaller), sealed, non-breakable container. Empty motor oil or clean plastic milk or water jugs work great. Do not use bleach, detergent, or antifreeze containers. Screw on threaded lids tightly. Seal “pop top” style lids with duct tape. Mark container "Oil." Set next to recycling bins (residential) or recycling Toters® (multi-family) for collection. Commercial customers should contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com for options.

Oil & Water Don’t Mix – Separating Oil from Water

  1. Let the oil/water mix stand. The oil will float to the top.
  2. Pour off oil into an approved container (see above). Seal and label as instructed above.
  3. Soak up any contaminated water and dispose of in the garbage.

Used motor oil is also accepted for recycling at our Cedarville Recycling Center & Transfer Station and Birch Bay Recycling Center & Transfer Station

Empty motor oil jugs can go in the garbage or be saved and used to store used motor oil (synthetic or petroleum) for recycling.

For questions or more information please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360.734.3490.

Used motor oil accepted in SSC's recycling programs is collected by Thermo Fluids of Sumner, WA. More info about Thermo Fluids at http://www.thermofluids.com/

Oil Filters

Drained oil filters are accepted for recycling at our Birch Bay Recycling Center &Transfer Station and our Cedarville Recycling Center & Transfer Station ONLY.

To prepare used oil filters for recycling:

Punch hole(s) in sealed end (hammer and nail work fine). Drain upside down into a collection pan for 24 hours.

Used motor oil is accepted for recycling through our residential curbside program and at both locations above. For info on how to prepare used motor oil for recycling click here. For more questions or more info please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360.734.3490 or Disposal of Toxics at 360.380.4640

 

 

Account Management, Billing & Payment

Can I cancel or put a hold on my service?

Yes. Feel free to adjust your service at any time via your online account or by contacting us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call (360) 734-3490.

You can put a hold on service(s) if you are going away (min. one month). There is no charge for stopping or starting service.

What are the extra charges on my bill for?

Charges for extras may be the result of any of the situations listed below. Extra charges are for each can, per pick-up.

  • Capacity
  • Overweight container(s) due to heavy materials.
  • Extra bag(s), box(es) or can(s) other than your regular garbage container.
  • Special pick-up of containers (non-scheduled collection).

What bill pay options do you offer?

We offer a number of ways to pay your bill.

Auto Pay Plan (check or savings account or credit card)

To sign up for auto pay click here to register online or download an enrollment form.

Online Bill Pay (one-time or recurring payments, deposits)

To pay your bill online, click here to register and manage your account online. Please note: you will want a copy of your most recent SSC bill when registering. You will need your account number and invoice number to sign up. You can find these in the upper left corner of your bill.

For a complete list of all payment locations and account payment options, please click here.

We accept cash (US Dollars), check, debit, VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.

 

 

 

Where is the invoice number on my bill?

The invoice number (and your account number) can be found in the upper left corner of your most recent bill or a bill dated 9/30/11 or later.

 

Do you offer a senior rate or discount?

A senior rate is offered to qualified residential customers in Bellingham. To see if you qualify, contact the City of Bellingham Finance Department at 360-778-8010. For additional questions, please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490. 

 



Why are rates not listed online?

Rates are subject to change and are based on a variety of factors, including the location of your home or business.

Please contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or call 360-734-3490 for complete rate and service information. Thank you!

 

Confidential Data Shredding

Do I need to remove staples, paper clips and other fasteners?

No. Our state-of-the-art shred truck can handle these light metals, saving you valuable time.  We do ask that you remove material from ringed binders if you would like the load to be recycled.

Do I need to sign a contract?

No. Just contact us to schedule service at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360-734-3490.

What happens to shredded paper?

Shredded paper is recycled through Northwest Recycling (NWR) – another locally-owned and family-operated business. The paper is baled and shipped to mills regionally and overseas for manufacture into new paper products.

Why is no sales tax charged?

The paper that we shred is recycled so Washington state sales tax does not apply.

Garbage and Recyclables - Where does it all go?

What happens to glass?

Glass delivered to Northwest Recycling is currently recycled in one of two ways.

Some glass is crushed and used locally as construction aggregate (fill material for things like roadbeds ).

Other glass (clear, green, brown and blue all mixed together - or commingled) is shipped to a glass processing facility in Washington where it is sorted by color, melted and used to produce new container glass.

 

Where does our garbage go?

Garbage that SSC collects from residential and commercial customers is delivered to Allied Waste-Regional Disposal Company and Recycling & Disposal Services (RDS), both in Ferndale. Waste is loaded into rail cars and shipped by train to landfills in Washington and Oregon.

Read more about solid waste management in Whatcom County.

What happens to cardboard?

Northwest Recycling currently markets cardboard (often referred to as OCC or old corrugated cardboard) to a number of mills both in Washington and out of state for production into new cardboard.

What happens to aluminum?

Northwest Recycling currently markets scrap aluminum to smelters in the Eastern United States where it is melted and used to produce new aluminum products like pop cans.

What happens to newspaper?

Newspaper (sometimes referred to as ONP or old newsprint) is baled at Northwest Recycling and marketed to various Washington paper mills who might use it in the production of paper products such as new newsprint, egg cartons or apple tray crates.

What happens to scrap paper?

Scrap paper (sometimes referred to as mixed paper or MWP mixed waste paper) is delivered to Northwest Recycling where it is baled and shipped to paper mills in Washington.  There it is made into paperboard and used for products like cereal boxes.

What happens to office paper?

Office paper is a higher quality grade of paper than scrap paper.  It is baled at Northwest Recycling and currently shipped to a paper mill in Oregon where it is made into new office paper or tissue paper.

What happens to plastic containers and film plastics?

Plastic containers are delivered to Northwest Recycling and sorted into three streams - all bottles, containers, lids and caps (#1-#7) and HDPE (#2) plastics.  These are baled and currently shipped to various plastic processors where they are used to make feedstock for new plastic items (non-food grade).

Film plastics are also delivered to Northwest Recycling where they are baled and shipped to various processors for use as a feedstock for new plastic items (non-food grade). 

What happens to scrap metals?

Scrap metals are delivered to Northwest Recycling, Inc. here in Bellingham. Metals are sorted by size, compacted and prepared for shipping.

Scrap metal can end up at any steel mill in the world.  Northwest Recycling, Inc. currently has both domestic and international markets for scrap metal.  Scrap metals are (currently) a valuable and highly sought after commodity and are often used in the manufacture of new automobiles, I-beams, rebar or other similar metal products For more info about Northwest Recycling, Inc. click here .

What happens to construction debris?