Collection Services

Collection of recycling and solid waste on the Seattle campus is a collaborative effort between UW Recycling and several other departments, including:

UW Recycling also collaborates with and provides consultation regarding waste management to self-sustaining units. These units include:

Three types of collection services are provided at the University of Washington: self haul (in-house), specialized (in-house), and vendor contracted. The type of service provided depends on the amount and type of materials generated.

Self-haul service

UW Recycling staff collect recyclables and waste in University-owned collection vehicles from the loading docks of most central campus buildings that can accommodate 2-yard dumpsters or toters. The materials are then transferred to designated recycling collection and waste disposal sites within Seattle. For most groups on campus, the cost to collect this material is covered by the University’s utility budget. Self-sustaining units are recharged the cost to collect any materials from their locations.

Specialized service

Specialized service, including providing containers for special events, is charged an hourly rate. Rates are outlined in the table below. UW Recycling makes every effort to communicate to customers any costs they will incur for specialized service.

UW Recycling Rates (Effective July 1, 2013)

UW Recycling Rates Table

Vendor-contracted service

A contracted recycling and solid waste hauler collects from buildings and facilities that generate large volumes of waste, treated biomedical waste, and/or recyclables. Locations that require contracted vendor front-load and/or rolloff service include Housing and Food Services residence halls and dining facilities, Magnuson Health Sciences and Foege Buildings, Physical Plant and Industrial Yards, and Maintenance & Alterations trades shops. Contracted recycling and solid waste vendor service is also used during special cleanout or renovation projects, for special events including Husky Football, and when a location requires regular weekend service.

A contracted compost hauler collects food waste, yard waste, and clean wood. Other contracted vendors collect materials that require special handling.

Contracted vendors