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2015 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

WRRA 2007 Sustainable Business of the Year Winner

2006 Recyclers of the Year
 
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360-734-3490 | 24 Hr Answering Service 360-734-2051 | ssc@ssc-inc.com | Contact Us

Commercial Recycling Service

Commercial curbside recycling collection is available to businesses and multi-family units (5+ units) in our service area.

Why does SSC use the Stack 3 Recycling Bin "Pre-Sorted" System?

Where does my recycling go?

Service Area: Bellingham, Ferndale, Birch Bay, Blaine and the majority of unincorporated Whatcom County.

Looking for an interior recycling bin system? Take a look at what Clean River has to offer or search the web for Commercial Recycling Bin Systems for other options.

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Waste Audit & Recycling Assessment

Do you want to reduce waste, recycle more, and save money? Contact Recycling Manager, Rodd Pemble rodd@ssc-inc.com to schedule an on-site waste audit and recycling assessment of your business or condo/apartment complex.

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Stack 3 Recycling Bins

Container Options Dimensions Max Weight Frequency
Stack 3 Bins 21"Wx15"Dx13"H each (approx.) 35lbs. per bin Varies

Stack 3 Recycling Bins not available to Multi-Family (5+) customers.

Extra Charges: Extra charges apply on overweight containers. Extra charges also apply for garbage piled on top of, or beside, containers.

Note: SSC supplied containers are the property of SSC. Please label them with your address. DO NOT take them with you if you move. Customers are responsible for any theft, loss or damage in excess of normal use of SSC containers. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen SSC containers. SSC is not responsible for items left in, on, or near garbage Toters® or garbage cans.

Live or work in outlying areas? SSC supports the efforts of Western Wildlife Outreach. Check out these garbage and recycling storage tips.

Collection: Please set out containers the evening before your collection day. SSC crews works all holidays that fall on weekdays. Please set out collection containers as usual. Click here for holiday collection schedule tips. Please place each bin on the ground on windy days. Do not stack. For more windy weather tips, click here.

Weather-related Service Delays: Collections may be missed due to weather or road conditions. Visit our weather-related delays page for more info. For schedule changes or service interruptions, see our News page or contact us during office hours or (360) 734-3490 for instructions.

Collection Schedules: To request a collection calendar, click here, contact us or call 360-734-3490.

New Customer? To start service, click here, contact us or call 360-734-3490.

Start / Stop Service: To start or stop service(s) on an existing account, login to your online account or contact us or 360-734-3490.

Rates: For rates, please contact us or 360-734-3490. Why are rates not listed online?

Planning an event? Visit our event services page for more info on temporary service at your event.

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Manage Your Account Online

Pay your bill, order a new service or change existing service, update your contact info, sign up for paperless e-statements and more with our online account management system. Click here to sign up. You will need to create a user name and password and will want your most recent SSC bill handy which lists your account number and invoice number.

Collection schedules are available on your online account. To request a collection calendar, please contact us.

Recycling Toters®

Toter® wheeled, rollable containers with handle and lid. For enclosure guidelines and info click here. For questions, please contact us.

Gate Service (Option) — Available for a small charge. If locked, customer must unlock or supply a standard SSC dumpster lock. Purchase lock from Accurate Lock & Security, Inc. or Security Solutions. Options also available for roll-up doors, parking garage gates, etc.

Pack Out Service (Option) — Available for customers whose containers must be moved more than 5 feet to reach collection truck. SSC driver takes container to truck, empties it and returns it to designated storage location. Small charge per pick-up on containers 4-yd and smaller (note: there are no wheels on 6-yd and up). Due to weight, most restaurants cannot have Pack Out Service over 2-yd. Contact us for rates or more info.

TOTERS® Dimensions
60 gal Toter®
Wheeled container, handle, lid
27"Wx32"Dx39"H
90 gal Toter®
Wheeled container, handle, lid
30"Wx34"Dx42"H

Width: Left to right as you face the container

Depth: Front to back as you face the container

Customer-supplied 32-gallon cans with two handles – max. weight 65 lbs. (can and contents)

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Cardboard Recycling

All sizes are approximate. For enclosure guidelines and info click here. For additional questions please contact us.

Gate Service (Option) — Available for a small charge. If locked, customer must unlock or supply a standard SSC dumpster lock. Purchase lock from Accurate Lock & Security, Inc . or Security Solutions. Options also available for roll-up doors, parking garage gates, etc.

Pack Out Service (Option) — Available for customers whose containers must be moved more than 5 feet to reach collection truck. SSC driver takes container to truck, empties it and returns it to designated storage location. Small charge per pick-up on containers 4-yd and smaller (note: there are no wheels on 6-yd and up). Due to weight, most restaurants cannot have Pack Out Service over 2-yd. Contact us for rates or more info.

Options

Wheels (Option) — Available on containers up to 4-yd in size.

Cardboard Cages Length* Depth** Height
2-yd 80" 38" 40"
4-yd 80" 49" 65"
6-yd 72" 54" 70"
8-yd 72" 72" 70"

Length: *Left to right as you face the container
Depth: **Front to back as you face the container

For info on preparing cardboard for recycling, click here.

Wax-coated Cardboard: Please flatten. Waxed cardboard is composted through our FoodPlus! program. To sign up for service, please contact us.

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Dumpsters

All sizes are approximate. For enclosure guidelines and info click here. For additional questions please contact us.

Gate Service (Option) — Available for a small charge. If locked, customer must unlock or supply a standard SSC dumpster lock. Purchase lock from Accurate Lock & Security, Inc. or Security Solutions. Options also available for roll-up doors, parking garage gates, etc.

Pack Out Service (Option) — Available for customers whose containers must be moved more than 5 feet to reach collection truck. SSC driver takes container to truck, empties it and returns it to designated storage location. Small charge per pick-up on containers 4-yd and smaller (note: there are no wheels on 6-yd and up). Due to weight, most restaurants cannot have Pack Out Service over 2-yd. Contact us for rates or more info.

Options

Wheels (Option)—Available on containers up to 4-yd in size.

Lock Bars (Option)—Available upon request for any size container.

Dumpsters Length* Depth** Height
1-yd 80" 24" 34"
1.5-yd 80" 28" 36"
2-yd 80" 38" 40"
3-yd 80" 50" 46"
4-yd 84" 62" 56"
6-yd (cathedral roof) 80" 68" 71"
8-yd (cathedral roof) 80" 73" 86"

Width: *Left to right as you face the container. Includes pockets.
Depth: **Front to back as you face the container.
All dimensions are approximate: Allow 3" +/-

Dumpster

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Drop Boxes

All sizes are approximate. For enclosure guidelines and info click here. For additional questions please contact us.

Gate Service (Option)—Available for a small charge. If locked, customer must unlock or supply a standard SSC dumpster lock. Purchase lock from Accurate Lock & Security, Inc. or Security Solutions. Options also available for roll-up doors, parking garage gates, etc.

Drop Boxes Width* Length** Height
15-yd 8' 12' 5'
20-yd 8' 17' 6'
30-yd 8' 18-20' 8'
40-yd 8' 23' 8'

Width: *Left to right as you face the container
Length: **Front to back as you face the container

Dumpster

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Understanding Your Bill

Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC) provides you with garbage and recycling collection service. You pay us to collect these materials. On your bill, you will see:

  • Actual cost of collecting your garbage
  • Actual cost of collecting your recyclables
  • The value (less any processing charges) of recyclables sold (shown as a commodity credit or commodity debit)

Recyclables are sold and the value we receive (if any) from the sale of these materials is applied to your collection bill in the form of a commodity credit or debit. The commodity credit or commodity debit that appears on your bill reflects market conditions of the previous six months. Market prices for recyclables go up and down just like prices for other commodities, such as lumber and gasoline. Following a period of high (or positive) market values, your commodity credit will increase, but still may be a debit depending on market conditions. Following a year of low (or negative) market values, your commodity credit will decrease and may become a debit. The sale of these recyclables helps lower your overall bill. In years when we pay to have your recyclables processed, please remember it is still less expensive than disposing of these materials as garbage. We encourage you to continue recycling!

The commodity credit or commodity debit is reviewed and adjusted by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). The UTC reviews and approves our rates (except for residents in the cities of Bellingham and Ferndale) to ensure you are paying a fair price for the service you receive and fair value for your recyclables.

Multi-Family (Apartments/Condos) Recycling Commodity Credit/Commodity Debit History
1996Commodity Credit$0.08/yd/pu
1997Commodity Debit$0.41/yd/pu
1998Commodity Debit$0.27/yd/pu
1999Commodity Debit$0.30/yd/pu
2000Commodity Credit$0.03/yd/pu
2001Commodity Credit$0.04/yd/pu
2002Commodity Debit$0.32/yd/pu
2003Commodity Debit$0.28/yd/pu
2004Commodity Debit$0.17/yd/pu
2005Commodity Debit$0.19/yd/pu
2006Commodity Debit$0.24/yd/pu
2007Commodity Debit$0.21/yd/pu
2008Commodity Debit$0.30/yd/pu
2009Commodity Debit$0.34/yd/pu
2010Commodity Debit$0.45/yd/pu
2011Commodity Debit$0.07/yd/pu
2012Commodity Credit$0.09/yd/pu
2013Commodity Debit$0.15/yd/pu
2014Commodity Debit$0.33/yd/pu
2015Commodity Debit$0.14/yd/pu
2016Commodity Debit$0.25/per yard/per pickup
2017Commodity Debit$0.25/per yard/per pickup
2018Commodity Debit$0.31/per yard/per pickup
2019Commodity Debit $0.54/per yard/per pickup
January 1, 2020Commodity Debit $0.50/yard/pickup
July 1, 2020Commodity Debit $0.78/yard/pickup
January 1, 2021Commodity Debit $0.99/yard/pickup
July 1, 2021Commodity Debit$0.82/yard/pickup

*Multi-Family accounts are billed every three months.

You can help keep your bill low by recycling as much as possible and buying products made from recycled materials. Increasing demand for products made from recycled materials helps strengthen recycling markets. By recycling, you also reduce the amount of garbage you generate and help conserve valuable resources.

Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) Garbage & Recycling Consumer Information

small pdf imageConsumer Guide for Residential Garbage and Recycling

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Preparing Your Recyclables

Recycle the following materials by placing them in the marked recycling bins or recycling Toters®. Max. 35 lbs. per recycling bin.

Additional recycling bins are available for purchase. Order here. For extra large quantities of home business-generated materials, please contact us or call 360-734-3490 for service options.

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reason - use a small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin for extras.

Windy out? Click here for tips on preventing wind-blown litter. Thank you for helping us keep your neighborhood clean!

 

Scrap Paper and Newspaper

Scrap Paper and newspaper can now be recycled together.

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reason - use a small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin for extras.

Reminders: Place paper (or top layer of papers) in a paper bag if possible. Lay bag on side in bin to prevent windblown litter.

Stack corrugated cardboard next to bins or Toters® for recycling.

Yes:

  • Mail, magazines, catalogs, newsprint, shoe/gift boxes, paper bags, photos, labels, phone books, paperboard cartons (ex. cereal/mac’n’cheese/egg). Discard liners/packing material. Flatten.
  • Envelopes, stationery, computer/copy/notebook/poster/carbonless paper, file folders, paperback books, guides, manuals. Staples, paper clips, file folder clips OK.
  • Shredded paper. Place in paper bag and tape shut with masking tape.
  • Masking paper/tape, floor protection paper (ex. Ram Board). Fold and flatten.

No:

  • No foil, plastics, plastic bags, including delivery bags, rubber bands, or strapping tape.
  • Aseptic (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable) cartons and boxes (ex. soy milk, broth, etc.) or paper with foil or plastic (ex. foil gift wrap, (TYVEK) postal envelopes).
  • Polycoated paper (refrigerator/freezer) cartons or boxes (ex. dairy, juice or frozen food containers), paper plates, napkins, towels, tissue.*
  • No paper sacks except those holding paper inside a curbside bin or box/tub no larger than an SSC recycling bin. Large, heavy duty paper sacks sold for yard waste OK. 50 lb limit.

*These items are accepted in our FoodPlus! program. To sign up contact us.

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Bottles, Cans and Plastic Containers Only

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reason - use a small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin for extras.

Overfull recycling bins? Moderate quantities of extra materials can be placed next to recycling bins in an open cardboard box or plastic container (basket, bucket, etc.) no larger than your SSC curbside recycling bins. Additional recycling bins are available for purchase. Order here.

For extra aluminum and plastic containers ONLY, you may also purchase a 30-32 gallon lightweight, plastic can (see examples to right) and label it Aluminum and Plastic Containers. Drill several holes in the bottom of the plastic can for drainage. Cans with water in them may not be able to be emptied for safety reasons. If your can is not collected for safety reasons, please drain any liquid and place out for collection on your next regularly scheduled pick-up day.

Use your recycling bin to recycle glass bottles and metal cans.

Yes:

  • Glass Bottles and Jars. All colors. Labels & caps/lids OK. Throw away plastic corks; compost real corks. Remove caps/lids. Rinse bottles and jars clean. Bottles must be removed from 6-pak and 1/2 case boxes, etc. and placed loose in bin or Toter®. Avoid breaking glass. Chipped or cracked OK. For broken/shattered glass, bag or place inside an empty carton (milk/juice) or box and discard in garbage.
  • Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans and Foil. Remove tin can labels and recycle with scrap paper. Rinse all cans and foil clean.
  • 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.

    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
  • Aerosol Cans (recycle with scrap metal - see below). Non-hazardous, aerosol cans ONLY. Aerosol cans must be EMPTY - no pressure or contents left in can. Leave cap on (if you have it). Place in a 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 or visit www.whatcomcounty.us/833/Disposal-of-Toxics-Facility.

  • Plastic Containers
    • Bottles, Jugs, Caps & Rings.
    • Cups, Jars, Tubs Pails, Buckets & Lids
    • (max. bucket size - 3 gal. with metal handles removed) All colors and numbers. Labels OK. Put caps/lids back on all plastic bottles before recycling. Rinse CLEAN and recycle loose or nested together. FLATTEN bottles - especially bottles half-gallon size or larger.

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-type containers, hair/body care, health/medicine, single-serve cold beverage cups/lids, hot beverage lids, caps and rings.

PLEASE FLATTEN BOTTLES - ESPECIALLY HALF-GALLON SIZE OR LARGER

Flattening bottles saves room in your recycling bin and on our recycling truck - allowing us to collect more recyclables and make fewer trips to the recycling center. This conserves fuel, saves time and money and reduces our impact on the environment. Thank you for your cooperation.

No:

  • Styrofoam™, (peanuts, packaging blocks, sheets, food containers, etc.), foam rubber
  • Window/plate glass, drinking glasses/mugs, pitchers, windshields, light bulbs, mirrors, fluorescent tubes, ceramics, pottery, Pyrex® and other baking dishware or insulation
  • Oil filters and air filters
  • Plastic pumps, tableware, utensils, toys
  • Plastic containers that held potentially hazardous products such as motor oil, antifreeze, paints, pesticides, etc.
  • Plastic bags

Styrofoam™: Click here or inquire with local postal, mailing and shipping outlets for reuse options.

To recycle larger quantities or other materials please contact us ssc@ssc-inc.com.

Why do materials need to be clean for recycling?

Additional Plastics

Film Plastics (bags, wrap, etc.) - Routed recycling collection available or recycle at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center.

Plastic Containers

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Recycle these materials by placing them neatly next to recycling bins.

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

Scrap Metal - Steel, copper, aluminum, brass and aerosol cans. Maximum 35 lbs. per pick up. Maximum length 24 inches. Store in a box or bag. No plastic pipe.

Cords, Wiring and Holiday Lights - Please coil/bundle and tie with string, rubber band or twist tie and place next to recycling bins for pick-up.

Aerosol Cans - Non-hazardous, aerosol cans ONLY. Aerosol cans must be EMPTY - no pressure or contents left in can. Leave cap on (if you have it). Place in a 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 or visit www.whatcomcounty.us/833/Disposal-of-Toxics-Facility.

Cardboard Recycling

Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags. Remove packing materials. Flatten and bundle. No Styrofoam™, plastic packing or wax-coated boxes.

Wax-coated Cardboard: Small quantities accepted flattened, loose.

We offer a variety of cardboard recycling container sizes and service options.

Decals & Posters - Download

Download printable decals and posters for use in your business.

Scrap Paper Recycling Decal PDF Image small pdf image Scrap Paper Recycling Decal Scrap Paper Recycling Decal PDF Image small pdf image 9x5 Bottles, Cans & Plastic Containers Decal

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FoodPlus!

Food scraps, food-soiled papers, approved compostable packaging, and yard waste are all composted into rich soil amendment through our award-winning FoodPlus! program. FoodPlus! is a cost-effective way to reduce waste, trim your garbage bill and support local businesses creating new products from recycled materials. All FoodPlus! materials are composted at Green Earth Technologies (GET) in Lynden. Compost from GET is available for sale in Whatcom County.

Service Area: Bellingham, Ferndale, Birch Bay, Blaine and parts of unincorporated Whatcom County. Currently, there is no FoodPlus! service on Lummi Island.

Commercial FoodPlus! Container Options Frequency Notes
60 gal Toter®
Wheeled container, handle, lid
Weekly, Every-other-week Max. wt. 100 lbs.
Overweight charges apply.

Additional Toters® available.*
Regular rates apply.
1-yd Dumpster Weekly, Every-other-week  
1.5-yd Dumpster Weekly, Every-other-week  
2-yd Dumpster Weekly, Every-other-week  
Dropboxes Scheduled or on-call Contact us for options

Order Foodplus! service here. Note: FoodPlus! is also available to residential customers.

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Toter

*Or use your own container(s), paper bags or boxes for extra material. NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE. Set extra materials next to FoodPlus! Toter® for pick-up. Charges for extra materials apply.

Bulky Items: Bulky material that will not fit in Toters® should be cut to 4’ lengths, tied in bundles (max. weight 50 lbs.) and set next to Toter®. Charges for bulky material apply. Please contact us for questions.

Woody Debris: For larger amounts of yard waste and/or woody debris like branches, brush more than 4’ long (max. 7” diameter and 20’ long), check out our dumpster and drop box rental options (1-40 yard) or contact us for service options.

Collection: Please set out containers the evening before your collection day. SSC crews works all holidays that fall on weekdays. Please set out collection containers as usual. Click here for holiday collection schedule tips. Collections may be missed due to weather or road conditions. Click here for weather-related service tips. If garbage and recyclables are collected on your next regularly scheduled pick-up, no credit will be given. For schedule changes or service interruptions, click here or contact us during office hours at ssc@ssc-inc.com or 360-734-3490 for instructions. Our offices are open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. Closed most major holidays.

SSC supports the efforts of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project. If you live or work in outlying areas, check out these garbage and recycling storage tips.

Note: SSC supplied containers are the property of SSC. Please label them with your address. DO NOT take them with you if you move. Customers are responsible for any theft, loss or damage in excess of normal use of SSC containers. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen SSC containers. SSC is not responsible for items left in, on, or near Toters® or garbage cans.

Pack Out Service: Ideal for weekend residents, those in neighborhoods where covenants prohibit leaving garbage and recycling containers out overnight or for customers who need assistance. SSC driver takes container to truck, empties it and returns it to its designated storage location at your home. Available to all customers for a small charge per pick-up.

Toter Cleaning: $10.50/Toter™ (subject to change without notice). Call 360-734-3490 or email us for current pricing and to schedule a Toter swap. Note: Five (5) days notice required for scheduling.

Rates: For rates, please contact us or 360-734-3490.

For tips and more info visit our FAQ page.

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ALL FOODS/FOOD SCRAPS ALL COMPOSTABLE
FOOD-SOILED PRODUCTS
YARD DEBRIS
  • Fruit/Vegetable Scraps, Peels, Trimmings, Pits
  • Spoiled/Outdated Foods
  • Dairy Scraps (such as yogurt, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, milk)
  • Paper Coffee Filters, Coffee Grounds, Tea Bags
  • Eggshells
  • Leftovers / Table Scraps
  • Dough Scraps (wrap or bag in PAPER)
  • All Meat, Fish, Shellfish Scraps (including bones and shells). No roadkill.
  • Grass Clippings
  • Garden Trimmings/Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Brush/Branches (Max. 7" diameter)
  • Floral Trimmings, Houseplants
  • Expired Floral Arrangements (Plant Material ONLY)
  • Waxed Floral Paper
  • Seasonal Greens (Pumpkins, Cornstalks, Hay, Gourds, Garlands, Wreaths, Swags, Etc.)
NO Plastic(s)/Plastic Bags, Aseptic Cartons/Boxes (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable), Pet/Human Waste, Manure, Diapers, Roadkill, or Garbage

*Wax-coated Cardboard: Small quantities accepted flattened, loose.

Dumpster Service: Charge per box. Contact Us for more info and rates.

Planning an event? Visit our event services page for more info on using FoodPlus! at your event..

Where Does It All Go?

All materials collected in the FoodPlus! Recycling program are composted at Green Earth Technologies (GET) in Lynden. Composting is a natural process that break down organic materials and turns them into rich soil amendment. Compost from GET is available for sale in Whatcom County.

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FoodPlus! at School

Launched in 2006 as a pilot at three schools in Bellingham, FoodPlus! is currently operating in all elementary schools in the Bellingham School District plus schools in the Ferndale, Mt. Baker, Meridian and Lummi school districts and a number of private schools throughout Whatcom County. For more info or to get your school involved, contact us.

For more info or to get your school involved, click here.

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Container Decals

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For more info visit our FAQ page.

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Construction Recycling / Jobsite Services

SSC - your partner in building green! We offer a complete line of jobsite services including construction/demolition recycling and woody debris recycling, standard recycling and garbage collection, FoodPlus! service, portable toilet / sink rentals and portable storage box rentals.

  • No Contracts Required
  • No Fuel or Environmental Surcharge

Containers: Drop boxes from 15-40 yard available. Details here.

Collection Schedules: On-call or scheduled service available. Contact us to schedule service.

Rates: For rates, please contact us or call 360-734-3490. Tax: depending on where your construction/demo recyclables are accepted, a recycling tax may be imposed, otherwise there is no tax on recycling services.

Understanding Your Invoice

Your invoice will include the following charges:

Rent: charged daily or monthly depending on length of service.

Hauling: Haul time (min charge 1 hour) from jobsite to recycling facility. No delivery charge on permanent container rentals (>90 days). Delivery charge applies to all temp container rentals.

Source Separated Recycling Credit/Debit: If the recycled material has a positive value, you receive credit applied to your account. If the recycled material has a negative value, you are charged accordingly for the materials. Note: In almost all cases, even if there is a charge, costs to recycle are still less than disposal costs.

Commingled Construction Recycling – All-in-one-box

Commingled Construction Recycling
All-in-one-box
CARDBOARD
CONCRETE/BRICK/ASPHALT Fasteners and Rebar OK
PAPER Cardboard (OCC), masking paper, floor protection paper. Masking tape OK.
SCRAP METAL Steel, Copper, Brass, Tin, Aluminum, Wiring/Cable
Propane Tanks (empty; remove valve)
Aerosol Cans (non-hazardous; empty)
SCRAP WOOD No painted or treated wood
SHEETROCK/DRYWALL/GYPSUM WALLBOARD No Painted Sheetrock or Drywall Mud Boxes

Source Separated Recycling (Single material): Sort and recycle separately for best value. Large quantities of single items like concrete/brick/asphalt, scrap metal, plastics, cardboard, etc. accepted. Contact us for options.

Woody Debris / Landclearing Recycling
Recycle all-in-one-box
LAND-CLEARING DEBRIS
BRANCHES
WOODY DEBRIS
No dirt, rocks or rootballs.

Conversion Tips and Average Densities (uncompacted)
1 Yard ~ 200 Gallons
Pallets measuring 40"x48" stacked 36" high ~ 1.5 yards
Mixed Construction Debris 250-350 lbs./yd
Scrap Wood 300 lbs./yd
Scrap Metal 150-800 lbs./yd
Cardboard 75-100 lbs./yd
Film Plastics 50-150 lbs./yd
Rigid Plastics 30-500 lbs./yd

Proud Sponsor

Sutainable Connections' Green Building & Smart Growth Program. Construction Site Construction Recycling

Film Plastic Recycling

Routed commercial recycling collection and drop-off option available for a variety of plastics. See our Construction Recycling service for info about recycling plastics along with other construction related materials.

Film Plastics (Routed Collection)

Containers: All dumpster and drop box sizes available. Compactor option available charged at standard compactor recycling rates for film or rigid plastics.

Collection Frequency: Monthly, first Thursday. On-call service also available.

Rates: Contact us for more info.

DROP-OFF RECYCLING ONLY - Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center - 1001 Roeder Avenue (Corner F&Roeder). For hours and directions, click here.

Rate: Small recycling fee charged for 30-gal or equivalent. Click here for more info on other materials accepted for drop-off or contact us with questions.

Film Plastics
Bags Film/Wrap
  • Grocery
  • Reusable (Woven)
  • Produce, Bulk, Bakery
  • Newspaper
  • Dry Cleaner
  • Soil, Bark, Compost
  • Insulation
  • Lumber Wrap
  • Silage Sacks
  • Cling/Food Wrap
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Magazine/Mail Covers
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Inflatable Packaging
  • Poly Sheeting
  • Visqueen
  • Painter's Drop Sheets
  • Pallet Wrap
  • Spun Fiber Packing

All types and colors accepted. Material must be clean. Stuff into plastic sack to condense and save money. No Styrofoam or thin foam sheets.

All colors, numbers, and sizes accepted. Material must be clean. Labels OK. Remove lids and recycle loose or stuff inside containers. Stack and nest if possible to consolidate.

Local grocery stores often offer plastic bag recycling bins. Bags must be clean and dry. Free.

Hazardous Waste

SSC does not accept any kind of hazardous, toxic, radioactive or dangerous waste(s), ammunition, explosives, dead animals, CFL/Fluorescent lights, old gasoline, asbestos, pesticides, liquid paint, chemicals, or hot ashes.

Note: 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 in your garbage.

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.

To dispose of commercial hazardous wastes, please contact the Disposal of Toxics program at 360-380-4640.

 
 
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