Residential Recycling

What to Recycle

Use your recycling container to recycle bottles, cans, plastic containers, scrap paper and newspaper. Place flattened cardboard, scrap metal, aerosol cans, lead acid batteries, used motor oil, and cords, wiring and holiday lights next to recycling container for pick-up.

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Single-Stream Curbside Recycling Project

Bellingham’s Birchwood and Edgemoor neighborhoods are part of a single-stream recycling pilot project.

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Service by Location

SSC is proud to serve residents in Bellingham, Ferndale, and the majority of unincorporated Whatcom County. Residential recycling service is available to all single-family residences and multi-family units (up to four units).

City of Bellingham Recycling Service

Weekly curbside recycling pick-up is included with your garbage service, no matter how often your garbage is collected. SSC provides three stacking recycling bins.

Edgemoor neighborhood residents: Place all empty and clean recyclables (including cardboard) in your SSC recycling Toter. Do not use SSC stacking bins. Your Toter will be picked up every other week

Prepare and sort your recyclables:

  • Scrap paper and newspaper
  • Bottles, cans, and plastic containers
  • Cardboard
  • And More….
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City of Ferndale Recycling Service

Every-other-week recycling pick-up is included with your garbage service, no matter how often your garbage is collected. SSC provides three stacking recycling bins.

Prepare and sort your recyclables:

  • Scrap paper and newspaper
  • Bottles, cans, and plastic containers
  • Cardboard
  • And More….

Whatcom County Recycling Service

Every-other-week recycling pick-up is included with your garbage service, no matter how often your garbage is collected. SSC provides three stacking recycling bins.

Prepare and sort your recyclables:

  • Scrap paper and newspaper
  • Bottles, cans, and plastic containers
  • Cardboard
  • And More….

Single-Stream Curbside Recycling Project

If you live in Bellingham’s Birchwood or Edgemoor neighborhoods, all recyclables that you would otherwise have placed in the stack three recycling bins now go in the 90-gal. recycling Toter. Cardboard should be placed IN the recycling Toter. For reminders on how to prepare materials for recycling, see Preparing Your Recyclables.

Additional recyclable items that were set next to your stack three recycling bins for pick-up, including used motor oil, vehicle and sealed lead acid batteries (SLA) batteries, scrap metal (inc. non-hazardous aerosol cans, cords, and wiring) may be placed in a box and set next to your recycling Toter for collection.

Thank you for partnering with us on single-stream curbside recycling — we look forward to seeking more ways to improve sustainability throughout our service area.

Single-Stream (co-mingled) Recycling FAQs

Collection Day Guide

Follow these guidelines to ensure the SSC Truck can effectively reach your containers.

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Curb Placement

Place recycling bins on the ground at the curb. Do not stack. If you're in the Edgemoor neighborhood, please place your containers at the curb with the handle facing toward the house.

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Container Distance

Keep at least three feet of clear space on all sides. Do not place bins near other garbage/recycling containers, trees, shrubs, utility poles, mailboxes, or vehicles.

Be sure to have your containers in place the evening before your recycling collection day to ensure you don’t miss the truck in the morning. Unable to get your containers to the curb? Contact us to learn about our pack-out service.

Extra Recycling

Moderate quantities of extra materials can be placed next to recycling bins in an open cardboard box or plastic container no larger than your SSC recycling bins. Additional recycling bins are available for a fee. You can also bring excess recycling to one of our transfer stations.

Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center

Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM
Closed 12PM – 1PM and major holidays.

Bellingham Station

Birch Bay Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center

Sundays, 9AM – 5PM
Closed major holidays.

Birch Bay Station

Cedarville Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center

Saturdays, 9AM – 5PM
Closed major holidays.

Cedarville Station

Waste Wise Guide

Use the disposal guide to find out what you can and can’t put in your containers.  Here are four common items people are often unsure about.

Waste Wise Portal

Plastic containers

OK to put in recycling. Rinse and remove caps, lids, and rings (OK in recycling).

Shredded paper

OK to put in recycling. Place inside a sealed paper bag first.

Lightbulbs

Do not put in recycling. Contact LightRecycle for recycling options.

Plastic bags

Do not put in recycling. Check your local grocery store for recycling options.

Residential Recycling FAQs

Quickly find answers to commonly-asked recycling questions.

How do I prevent windblown litter from my recycling bin or container?

If possible, avoid putting recycling bins out on windy days and wait for your next pick-up. We will collect extra materials in bin or box no larger than SSC bins. If set out for collection, consider these suggestions:

Stacking bins – set singly on the ground.

Tub-style bins – nest inside each other.

Recycling Toters® and Dumpsters – Close lids securely.

Cardboard – Flatten boxes, place on ground with a bin on top.

My SSC container is damaged. Can it be repaired?

Do you offer replacement containers (garbage, recycling and/or FoodPlus! Yardwaste)?

If your SSC containers were lost or stolen or you need additional containers, you may order more. Fees may apply. Please contact us to request more online.

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. SSC is not responsible for items left in, on, or near garbage Toters® or garbage cans.

Do you accept plastic film for recycling?

Yes, plastic film (bags, wrap, etc.) from homes and businesses is accepted at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility and Recycling Center

Additional Residential services

Garbage Collection

Curbside residential garbage service for single-family homes and multi-family residences.

Residential Garbage Service

FoodPlus! Yardwaste Collection

A convenient way to compost your organic debris, from kitchen scraps to compostable packaging to yard waste.

Residential FoodPlus! Yardwaste Service

Dumpsters & Drop Boxes

For your large projects and events, we offer residential dumpster rental with multiple size options to fit your needs.

Residential Dumpsters and Drop Boxes

Junk Hauling

Need to dispose of something that’s too big for your Toter? If you’ve got junk, you call and we haul.

Residential Junk Hauling

Storage Containers

A secure, weather-protected storage solution for any project or event — delivered to you when you need it.

Residential Storage Containers
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Sign up online, email us at info@ssc-inc.com, or call us at (360) 734-3490 to start your recycling service. We look forward to serving you.

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