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FAQ

Preparing Materials for Disposal

Styrofoam (TM)
Lighting
Hazardous Waste
Liquids
Burn Barrels
Fireworks
Gasoline
Mirrors
Oily Rags and old Shop Towels
Cooking Oil
Coffee Pods (aka Keurig K-Cups)
Pet Waste
Mattresses
Tires
X-Rays & MRI's
(Powdered) Cement
Aseptic Containers (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable)
Carpet & Carpet Padding
Marijuana Waste

Preparing Materials For Recycling

Window Blinds-Metal
Plastic Containers
Plastics - Film
Pots, Pans, Skillets & Cookie Sheets
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Shredded Paper
Why do materials need to be clean for recycling?
Car Seats and Booster Seats
Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC)
Paint Cans
DVD and VHS Cases
Canisters & Tanks (Isobutane, Helium, Propane)
Aerosol Cans (Non-Hazardous) & Fire Extinguishers
Appliances(Non-compressor)
Paperback Books / Guides / Manuals
License Plates
Antifreeze
Golf Clubs
Glass
Cables, Cords, Holiday Lights and Wire
Batteries - All Types
E-Waste (Electronics)
Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters

Account Management

Does SSC pick-up on holidays?
What if I lose my recycling bins or they are stolen?
Can I cancel or put a hold on my service?
I forgot to set out my (home) curbside recycling? What are my options?
What if I need an extra pick-up?
What are the extra charges on my bill for?
Why are collection calendars not available online?
Where is the invoice number on my bill?
Do you offer a senior rate or discount?
Why are rates not listed online?
Garbage and Recyclable Collection

Edgemoor Neighborhood Pilot Project - Single-Stream Curbside Recycling

Can I still recycle used motor oil, scrap metal, batteries and other materials that are usually set next to recycling bins for collection?
What should I do with my stack three recycling bins during the pilot project?
What recyclables can go in the 90-gal. recycling Toter?
Where is the pilot project and how many households are participating?
Will my garbage or FoodPlus! service change during the pilot project?
Is there a fee to participate? Will I see a change on my bill?
Do I have to participate in this pilot project?

FoodPlus! (Foods/Food Scraps, Compostable Food-soiled Products, Yard Waste)

Recyclable vs Compostable Papers
Yard / Woody Debris
FoodPlus!
FoodPlus! Holiday Wrap / Packaging
FoodPlus! Seasonal/Celebration/Holiday Items
Polycoated / Paper Cartons (Refrigerator/Freezer)
Wax-coated Cardboard


Preparing Materials for Disposal

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 clean, dry Styrofoam packing "peanuts" for reuse.

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™ packing "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.  

Lighting

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

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

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

LightRecycle Washington

Disposal of Toxics Facility

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, solvents, antifreeze, asbestos, pesticides, any type of liquid paint, chemicals 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.

To dispose of these types of wastes, please contact Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640.

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.

Liquids

Small quantities of household liquids such as cooking oils and beauty products are acceptable.

SSC is unable to collect household hazardous liquids such as pesticides, paints, thinners, solvents, fuels or cooking oils from homes or businesses. Please contact the Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640 for safe disposal options.

Commercial establishments should contact a rendering service for disposal of cooking oils.

Burn Barrels

Collection of (empty) burn barrels is classified as a special pick-up. Contact us to arrange pick-up.

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

Gasoline

Old or dirty gasoline, as well as most used solvents, paint thinners, and similar products can be properly disposed of through Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640.

Reminder: Flammable and hazardous items should never be placed in garbage Toters or recycling bins, dumped on the ground or in storm drains.

Mirrors

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 and dispose of in your garbage.

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.

Oily Rags and old Shop Towels

Recycling or disposal options for oily rags and dirty shop towels depends on where they are generated:

Commercial Customers

Business generated hazardous waste is not accepted. Businesses should contact Disposal of Toxics.

Residential and Multi-Family Customers

Shop towels or rags contaminated with solvents, oil, etc. are potentially combustible and can pose a safety hazard for our drivers and fleet if not properly handled. These items can be safely disposed of in the trash if prepared properly:

Spread the rags flat in a single layer outside so any heat dissipates while they cure (become hard and brittle). Note: The time it takes to cure can vary depending on humidity, temperature and product.

Once cured, place in trash. Do not bag.

For more info about household hazardous waste disposal and recycling, visit Disposal of Toxics.

Cooking Oil

Residential customers can recycle used cooking oil at Disposal of Toxics or call 360-380-4640.

If drop off at Disposal of Toxics is not an option, and it is a small quantity, residential curbside customers may place used cooking oil in a sturdy plastic bottle, seal tightly and place in a plastic bag in garbage. Cooking oil must be cooled before placing in garbage.

Commercial customers can contact Disposal of Toxics for options.

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.

Pet Waste

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

Pet wastes are not accepted in the FoodPlus! program.

For more information:

City of Bellingham Scoop the Poop.

Whatcom County Scoop the Poop.

Mattresses

Mattresses beyond reuse or repair can be set out next to your garbage Toter® for pickup. Contact us for rates.

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

Tires

Tires can be set out next to your garbage Toter® for disposal. Extra fees apply and will appear on your next bill. Please contact us for an estimate or to schedule a pickup of multiple tires.

Metal rims can be placed next to curbside recycling bins as scrap metal (max wt. 35 lbs, max length 24”).

Tires and metal rims are also accept tires for disposal at our Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers .

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

X-Rays & MRI's

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?

(Powdered) Cement

Dispose of cement that has started to go hard and formed solid lumps in your 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.

Reminder: a 60-gallon 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.

Aseptic Containers (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable)

Aseptic cartons and boxes, also known 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, and more.

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 may be 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. Please dispose of with your garbage.

Carpet & Carpet Padding

Carpet, 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. For small amounts that are 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 Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers.

Marijuana Waste

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

For more info contact the Whatcom County Health Department at 360-778-6033 or Disposal of Toxics before disposing.

Marijuana waste is not accepted in our FoodPlus! program.

Preparing Materials For Recycling

Window Blinds-Metal

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.

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 Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers. Small recycling fee charged.

Plastic Containers

Bottles, Jugs, Caps & Rings

Cups, Jars, Tubs, Pails, Buckets & Lids

(max. bucket size for curbside pick-up is 3 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 Drop Box Facility and Recycling Center:

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

Please contact us to recycle larger quantities or film plastics.

Plastics - Film

Film Plastics

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

IMPORTANT!  These plastic items are not accepted through our curbside recycling programs. 

Commercial customers: Routed collection options are available for businesses generating large quantities of film 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.)
  • Wrap (magazine/mail, bubblewrap, spun fiber packing, poly sheeting/Visqueen, painter’s drop sheets, pallet wrap, etc.)
  • 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.

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 and 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. 

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.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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

Shredded Paper

Please bag all shredded paper in a paper bag and tape shut with masking tape to prevent windblown litter. Lay sideways in recycling bin with other scrap paper.

SSC also offers confidential data shredding – mobile on-site or drop-off at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center.

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 then recycle.

Car Seats and Booster Seats

Recycle expired infant car seats by dismantling and separating out the metal and plastic components.

Metal: place in a box next to your curbside recycle bins along with other scrap metal. More here. Please dispose of all other parts in your garbage.

Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC)

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

Special picks-ups of large quantities available to residential customers for a fee. Please contact us to schedule.

Note: Home-based businesses with regular, large quantities of cardboard require commercial recycling service.

Paint Cans

DROP OFF

Paint Care, Washington's paint stewardship program, offers paint and paint product recycling options.

Local drop-off sites are available to households, businesses, government agencies, and others with leftover paint or unwanted paint.

CURBSIDE

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 may recycle with bottles, cans, and plastic containers.

DVD and VHS Cases

Recycle DVD and VHS (soft) plastic cases at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center only. Fee charged.

CD or DVD rigid "jewel" cases are not accepted at this time. Please reuse or dispose of as garbage. 

Canisters & Tanks (Isobutane, Helium, Propane)

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 and Helium Tanks

Propane tanks (BBQ-size) and party-size helium tanks are accepted for recycling as scrap metal at our Drop-Off Facility and Recycling Centers only.

Tanks must be empty and valve removed. Propane or helium tanks are not accepted as garbage or through our curbside programs.

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, cans that are not empty, or cans generated by businesses must be taken to Disposal of Toxics.

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.  

Security Solutions in Bellingham accepts empty tanks for refurbishing depending on condition (small charge may apply).

For antique extinguishers (pre 1960) please contact Disposal of Toxics.

Appliances(Non-compressor)

We offer several options for recycling appliances.

To recycle appliances with compressors, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, de-humidifiers, etc., please contact us to schedule pickup through our You Call – We Haul junk hauling service. These appliances contain compressor oil and refrigerant in them that must be recovered by law by certified technicians, which increases the cost to recycle.

Non-compressor appliances, such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc. are accepted for a fee at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility and Recycling Center

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

Paperback Books / Guides / Manuals

Paperback books, guides, manuals, and similar softback or loose-leaf (notebook, 3-ring binder paper, etc.) material can be recycled with scrap paper and newspaper. Staples, paper clips, file folder clips OK.

For larger quantities, place in a small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin and recycle through the curbside recycling program (no charge) or drop-off at our Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers.

License Plates

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

Recycle old license plates, except those listed below, with bottles, cans, and plastic containers in your curbside recycling bin or at our Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers

We cannot accept the following types of plates. Please return to a vehicle licensing office.

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

Antifreeze

Recycle antifreeze at these locations (5-gallon limit):

SSC Cedarville Drop Box Facility

SSC Birch Bay Drop Box Facility

Disposal of Toxics

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

Reminder: antifreeze is not accepted in our curbside recycling program.

Golf Clubs

Golf clubs and golf bags not worthy of selling or donating can be taken apart for recycling and disposal.
 
Metal club shafts can be recycled as scrap metal. Set next to your curbside recycling bin. All other parts should be disposed of in your garbage. 

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.

Cables, Cords, Holiday Lights and Wire

Cables (computer), extension cords, holiday lights, 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.

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.

E-Waste (Electronics)

SSC no longer accepts electronic waste (e-waste), such as laptops, flat screen TV's monitors, etc. for recycling. Please visit E-Cycle Washington for local recycling alternatives.

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 Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center and Birch Bay Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center

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.

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 Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center and our Cedarville Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center 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 questions or more info please contact us or Disposal of Toxics.  

Account Management

Does SSC pick-up on holidays?

Yes, SSC collection crews work all holidays that fall on a weekday.

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 or by 6:30AM. Collection times on holidays can be earlier than normal due to lighter traffic on area roads. All containers should be placed three (3) feet apart to allow for collection by automated sidearm trucks. To help prevent litter, customers are reminded to bag and seal all trash before placing in containers and to place each recycling bin on the ground during windy weather.

SSC offices and our three area Drop Box Facility & Recycling Centers are closed most major holidays. Please check our News page for info or connect with us on Facebook.

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 contact us.

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.

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.

I forgot to set out my (home) curbside recycling? What are my 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 additional questions, please contact us.

What if I need an extra pick-up?

If you need an extra pick-up between regular collection or you have a large amount of garbage or recyclables, please contact us 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.

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).

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.

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.

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 for complete rate and service information.

Garbage and Recyclable Collection

Garbage

Garbage that SSC collects from residential and commercial customers is delivered to Republic Services and Recycling & Disposal Services Inc. (RDS), both in Ferndale.

Garbage is loaded into rail cars and shipped by train to landfills in Washington and Oregon. Read more about solid waste management in Whatcom County.

Recyclables

All curbside recyclables collected by SSC are delivered to Lautenbach Recycling in Ferndale.

Edgemoor Neighborhood Pilot Project - Single-Stream Curbside Recycling

Can I still recycle used motor oil, scrap metal, batteries and other materials that are usually set next to recycling bins for collection?

For the duration of this pilot project, additional recyclable items that are usually set next to your stack three recycling bins for pick-up, including aerosol cans, vehicle/SLA batteries, cords/wiring, and scrap metal, will be accepted at our Bellingham Drop Box Facility & Recycling Center. Do not set out for curbside recycling during this pilot project. Recycle used motor oil at Disposal of Toxics.

What should I do with my stack three recycling bins during the pilot project?

Please keep them at your home until the pilot project is over. SSC-provided containers are the property of SSC. Do not take them with you if you move.

What recyclables can go in the 90-gal. recycling Toter?

All recyclables that you would otherwise have placed in the stack three recycling bins can now go in the 90-gal. recycling Toter. Cardboard should be placed IN the recycling Toter for this pilot project. Please prepare recyclables as usual (clean, dry, etc.), but instead of placing in separate recycling bins, all recyclables will now be placed together (co-mingled) in the 90-gal recycling Toter. For reminders on how to prepare materials for recycling, visit the Preparing Your Recyclables page.

Where is the pilot project and how many households are participating?

The Edgemoor neighborhood in Bellingham was selected by the City of Bellingham and Sanitary Service Company (SSC) for a six (6) month pilot project to evaluate single-stream (co-mingled) curbside recycling. Approximately 750 households are participating.  

Will my garbage or FoodPlus! service change during the pilot project?

No, not unless you request a change in service.

Is there a fee to participate? Will I see a change on my bill?

There is no fee to participate and you will not see a change on your bill during the pilot project.

Do I have to participate in this pilot project?

Yes, please use the 90-gal recycling Toter provided. We will not be offering stack three recycling bin curbside recycling service during this pilot project in your neighborhood.

FoodPlus! (Foods/Food Scraps, Compostable Food-soiled Products, Yard Waste)

Recyclable vs Compostable Papers

Not sure about what paper goes in the recycling bin and what can go in your FoodPlus! Toter for composting? 

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 refrigerator and freezer containers like milk/dairy/ice cream cartons, 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, "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 disposed of in your garbage.

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 for current rates and additional information.

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

FoodPlus!

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, Tea Bags
  • Eggshells
  • Leftovers/Table Scraps
  • Dough Scraps (wrap or bag in PAPER)               
  • All Meat, Fish, Shellfish Scraps (including bones and shells)

 ALL COMPOSTABLE FOOD-SOILED PAPERS, including:

  • Pizza Boxes
  • Paper Cartons
  • Ice Cream 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 Serviceware (Ex. Corn, Potato, Bamboo-Based items) including Plates, Bowls, Cups, Lids, Utensils, Straws, To-Go Containers. Visit http://cedar-grove.com/compostable/accepted-items for more info.

All Yard Debris including:

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

OTHER COMPOSTABLE ITEMS including:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Small Wood Scraps
  • Corks (real, not plastic)
Check out this FoodPlus! video from our friends at WSU/Whatcom County Cooperative Extension.

FoodPlus! Holiday Wrap / Packaging

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
  • Compostable Serviceware, inc. Utensils, Plates, Bowls and Cups, etc. often made from corn, potato, bamboo, etc. Must be labeled "compostable". Visit https://cedar-grove.com/compostable/accepted-items for more info. 

Sign up for FoodPlus! here. For additional questions or more info, please contact us

FoodPlus! Seasonal/Celebration/Holiday 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. Must be labeled "compostable". No "biodegradable" items accepted.

Polycoated / Paper Cartons (Refrigerator/Freezer)

Polycoated paper cartons used for refrigertor and freezer products can be composted in our FoodPlus! program. This includes dairy, juice, and frozen food containers.

Please discard any plastic parts (spouts, liners) before placing the cartons in your FoodPlus! ToterTM.

Wax-coated Cardboard

Wax-coated Cardboard

Small quantities accepted flattened, loose for composting. Commercial only.

 

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