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Solid Waste & Recycling

The City of Auburn's homes and businesses are serviced by two waste haulers: Waste Management and Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste Services). Depending on where you live or where your business is located, you can find information here on starting, changing, or cancelling service; billing, collection of recycling, garbage or compostables; guidelines, rates, schedules, special collection events, and information on discounts for senior citizens.

If you do not find the information you are looking for please call our Solid Waste Customer Care Specialist at 253-931-3047 or email for more information.

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Missed Solid Waste Collection?

Collection delays can happen for various reasons, the most common being weather-related events that can interfere with service schedules. For all missed garbage, recycling and compostables collections, call your hauler directly within 24 hours. No credit is given for delayed collection, however haulers allow double the amount of items at no extra charge when collection resumes.


Collection Delays Due to Weather

The solid waste haulers in Auburn are committed to providing reliable collection for all customers. However, in the event that circumstances such as unsafe roads interfere with service schedules, we appreciate customer understanding and cooperation.

Any collection delays will be posted here for Waste Management customers and on the haulers website for Republic Services customers. 


Bulky Item Collection

Bulky items like mattresses, appliances, console televisions, furniture and building materials can be picked up by special arrangement. Please call the City of Auburn Utility department at 253-931-3038, Option #2. Rates vary by item.


City of Auburn Contacts

  • Joan Nelson, Solid Waste & Recycling Supervisor / Hauler Contract Management, 253-931-5103
  • Kathleen Edman, Solid Waste Customer Care Specialist / Outreach & Education, 253-931-3047

Solid Waste and Recycling News

Five Auburn companies recognized for environmental stewardship by King County


Two Auburn Businesses Make King County’s Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling List

Each spring since 2007, businesses in King County outside of the City of Seattle are invited to apply for recognition as a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling. This year, King County’s Solid Waste Division has named 97 local businesses to its eighth annual list of Best Workplaces, the highest number listed since the program began. Two businesses in Auburn in the engineering/manufacturing category, Conrad Manufacturing Co, Inc. and Norgren GT Development Corporation, are first-time honorees.
City of Auburn Awarded $532,000 Ecology Grant for Mill Creek Stream Restoration Project

The City of Auburn has been notified that the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Floodplain Management and Control Competitive Grant Program has awarded the City $532,000 for construction of the Mill Creek Wetland 5K Reach Stream Restoration project. Auburn was chosen along with 12 other jurisdictions to receive funding for projects that reduce flood risk and assist in managing floodplains.
Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza Instrumental in Improved Statewide Mercury-Light Disposal Program

Following the 2014 legislative session the governor endorsed a program update for disposing lights containing mercury. Senator Joe Fain of Auburn and Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza worked to secure passage of the changes. The legislation updates an existing stewardship program created in 2010 to facilitate responsible disposal of lights with mercury given the public health and environmental dangers.
Register Now for Auburn's Annual Community Yard Sale

Reduce and reuse! Turn your unwanted household goods into cash and provide someone else with a new treasure. Be a part of the fun and have a single-family yard sale at your Auburn home or a multifamily sale with your neighbors June 6-8. The event is for residents who live within the city limits of Auburn.
Join Auburn's 1st Annual Earth Day Project April 19

The City of Auburn Environmental Services division is hosting Auburn's first annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the West Hill Lake Natural Area located at 801 W Street NW. All are invited to participate in this volunteer project to remove invasive English Ivy (Hedera helix) that has taken hold, and is dominating areas within the existing mature forest of the City’s West Hill Lake natural area.
Public Invited to Auburn Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 11 at Lea Hill Park

The City of Auburn cordially invites you to attend the City’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 11 at Lea Hill Park (124th & 319th St SE), at 11 a.m. City officials, along with volunteers from the Auburn Garden Club, Auburn Tree Board, Auburn Park Board, representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Community Forestry Council will be planting a Tri Color Beech tree as part of the Arbor Day commemoration. The Tri Color Beech Tree is donated by the Auburn Garden Club.
Bill Peloza Appointed Chair of National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee

Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza has been appointed chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, solid and hazardous waste management and climate change or global warming issues.
City of Auburn Realizes over $195,000 in Energy Savings through Conservation Programs

Beginning in 2010, the City of Auburn began an aggressive resource conservation management (RCM) program through Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the latest reports show that the City has earned over $195,000 in incentives and savings from PSE.
2014 Christmas Tree Recycling Schedule in Auburn

Residents who live within the city limits of Auburn and have Waste Management or Republic Services for garbage service can recycle their live Christmas trees and organic wreaths for no additional cost. If you live outside of the Auburn city limits (Auburn in unincorporated King County), contact your garbage and recycling hauler for Christmas tree recycling information.
FREE Holiday Styrofoam™ Recycling Dec. 30, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

Did you receive a gift this holiday season packed in Styrofoam™? Bring your bulky Styrofoam™ blocks to the City of Auburn’s 2nd FREE Holiday Styrofoam™ Recycling Collection Event from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014 at the south parking lot (12th St. SE & J St. SE) of Les Gove Park. Collection carts will be located in the northwest corner of the parking lot near the (free) used cooking oil collection container. Residents can access the collection site during daylight hours.
FREE Holiday Light Recycling in Auburn

Don't throw away those holiday lights - recycle them for FREE! Collection event sponsored by Ilalko Elementary School. All proceeds go to the 5th Grade Auburn Camp Program this year. Holiday lights will be collected from Dec. 2, 2013-Jan. 10, 2014.
Solid Waste & Recycling Holiday Collection Schedule

There will be no garbage, recycling or yard/food waste collection on Thanksgiving Day. Collections scheduled for that Thursday will occur on Friday, and collections normally scheduled for Friday will occur on Saturday. Service will also be delayed by one day on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Recycle your used cooking oils and fats this holiday season in Auburn for FREE!

Planning on deep frying a turkey this holiday season? Auburn residents can participate in a waste-to-energy program that recycles their used fryer and cooking oil into low carbon biodiesel …and its FREE! Last year the City of Auburn partnered with General Biodiesel to provide residents with a safe, environmentally-friendly way to dispose of used cooking oil and grease. So far, Auburn residents have recycled over 480-gallons of used cooking oil!
October Recycling Tip: Don’t let Your Food Go to Waste

The average family in King County throws away nine pounds of food every week, adding up to nearly 400 pounds every year. As a result, more than one-third of the County’s garbage is made up of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard debris—the largest percentage of the waste stream. When you recycle food scraps rather than throwing them in the garbage, they are turned into nutrient-rich compost for local gardens and parks. There are two ways to recycle food: with your garbage hauler in your compostables cart or by composting in your backyard.
Auburn Councilmember Bill Peloza attends NLC environmental conference

City of Auburn Councilmember Bill Peloza traveled to South Florida for the autumn meeting of the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment & Natural Resources (EENR) committee. He saw first hand the threat of sea level rise and how salt water intrusion threatens the region’s Florida Everglades drinking water supply. This condition also has implications for community planning for water, transportation infrastructure, housing, and economic development.
September Recycling Tip: Swapping, sharing, secondhand

We all love to save money, have cool stuff, and reduce waste. Now doing all three of those together has never been easier! Here are a few tips for swapping, sharing and buying secondhand:
Registration for Auburn’s annual Veterans Day Parade is currently underway

The City of Auburn has begun accepting applications for the annual Veterans Day Parade. Official applications may be picked up at the a Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Office located at 910 Ninth Street SE or downloaded from the City of Auburn’s website at www.auburnwa.gov/events.
Auburn's International Festival set for Sunday, August 11

The City of Auburn invites all to come downtown for the 2013 International Festival. This fun, community-wide celebration embraces and celebrates the diverse cultures that make up the City of Auburn. The event will be held on Sunday, August 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Downtown Auburn, located on 1st St. SW between A St. SW & South Division St. and is a tie between the Auburn International Farmers Market and Auburn Days.
August Recycling Tip: Plastics and glass recycling / Reusing & Reducing

Recycling feels good! It also helps our City and our planet, so all your recycling efforts are greatly appreciated. Recycling is even more fun when it’s easy, so here are a few reminders and tips:
King County honors Auburn schools for 'green' efforts

The King County Green Schools Program recently recognized four Auburn schools for successful conservation practices. The program has three levels which involve students and staff in learning about and practicing conservation of natural resources.
July Recycling Tip: Beyond the Curb

Recycling rocks, but what about the stuff that you can’t put in your curbside recycling bin? In many cases, recycling solutions are available for those items too! Here are a few examples:
Community Meeting regarding King County Transfer Station to be held July 11 in Auburn

The King County Solid Waste Division is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, July 11 to provide information about the need for a new recycling and transfer station in south King County and the type of environmental impacts being studied.
June Recyling Tip: Recycling and Climate Change

Recycling isn’t a remedy for the world’s problems, but recycling can be an investment in the future, and a statement. And if it is just as easy to put something in a recycling bin as put it in a trash can, why not?
May Recycling Tip: Plastic Recycling

If you find plastics recycling confusing, you’re not alone. Because countless types of plastics exist, and not all plastics are collected in the curbside recycling cart, it’s not always clear what goes where. But the good news is that recycling companies are working hard to make plastics recycling easier for the public, by giving clearer guidelines and accepting more items.
Apply Now for King County's Best Workplaces Recycling Awards

King County has launched its seventh annual Best Workplaces program, recognizing local businesses with exceptional programs who are leading the way in reducing, reusing and recycling all types of waste. The 2013 application is now available here.
Confusion Remains When It Comes to Recycling, City of Auburn Study Finds

Last fall, the City of Auburn did a survey of nearly 300 residential recycling carts, and found more than 70 percent contained items that were not actually recyclable. The City wanted to see what people were actually putting in their carts, so they could help inform residents better about recycling.
Register Now for Auburn's Clean Sweep

Auburn’s Clean Sweep is just a few weeks away and you’re invited to volunteer for this fun, annual event scheduled for Saturday, May 4.
City of Auburn Utility Discount & Rebate Program

The City of Auburn offers reduced utility rates or rebates to citizens meeting certain age and income requirements. This discount is also provided within the same financial limitations for customers who are totally and permanently disabled.
What to do with home repair and remodeling waste

It’s the word that strikes fear into a homeowner’s heart: “Remodeling!” Yes, this is the beginning of remodeling season, but no, your project doesn’t have to be a nightmarish experience. Figuring out what to do with the waste can be one of the most annoying aspects of remodeling, so here are a few tips...
Free Natural Yard Care Workshops Scheduled in Auburn

Natural Yard Care workshops teach you how easy and rewarding natural yard care can be. They’re fun, informative and FREE. Workshops are available to all residents who live within the city limits of Auburn, so bring a neighbor and come learn about healthy, natural yard care.
Join the Auburn Community Yard Sale

Turn your unwanted household goods into cash and provide someone else with a new treasure! Be a part of the fun and have a single-family yard sale at your Auburn home or a multifamily sale with your neighbors June 7-9.
March Recycling Tip: “Bag Your Bags” Program

King County’s “Bag your Bags. Bring ‘em Back” campaign brings together recycling, reuse and reduction right in your kitchen and grocery store.
Waste Management’s New Public CNG Fueling Station will Service CNG-Equipped Cars, Trucks and Commercial Fleet Vehicles

The City of Auburn welcomes a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station to the city. Now owners of CNG-equipped vehicles and commercial fleet drivers can fuel up at a new natural gas fueling station at Small & Sons Fueling Station in Auburn. The state’s newest CNG public fueling station is owned and operated by Waste Management and Small & Sons. Representatives from Waste Management, Small & Sons and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will celebrate the grand opening with the City of Auburn’s Mayor and members of the City Council.
Peloza elected Vice-Chair of Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee (MSWMAC)

City of Auburn Councilmember Bill Peloza was elected as Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee (MSWMAC) for 2013. Peloza’s election was announced on February 8, 2013 following the 2013 election of leadership. Chris Eggen, Deputy Mayor of the City of Shoreline was elected Chair.
Auburn Recycling Tip: What to do with the big, toxic items

There’s a country band called “Big & Rich,” but today we’re going to talk about the “Big and Scary” – How do you dispose of the big, bulky items or toxic stuff you can’t set out on the curb?
Auburn Movie Night: ‘Addicted to Plastic’ January 17

The City of Auburn’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division will be screening a free movie, “Addicted to Plastic”, Thursday evening, Jan. 17, 2013. The event aims to educate the community about plastics; the effects of plastics on the environment and human health; and the plastics industry.
Free workshops on hidden hazards in the arts

Artists and art educators can learn safe storage, disposal and safer chemical at four, free “Hidden Hazards in the Arts” workshops – coming soon to Seattle, and sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.
Cut Down the Amount of Junk Mail You Receive

Paper junk mail is still a pervasive problem for many of us, not to mention those darn phone books that suddenly appear on our front porch. But don’t despair. King County recently introduced a free online opt-out service that will help residents reduce their junk mail and unwanted phone books.
Recycling, donating or disposing of your ‘stuff’ can help with moving stress

Moving into a new home, closing a loved one’s home or making room for family members at your place can create an overwhelming amount of “stuff” that’s no longer wanted.
Free Styrofoam Recycling in Auburn Dec. 26-Jan. 4

The City of Auburn is hosting its first Holiday Styrofoam™ Block Recycling Collection Event Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013 at the City’s gravel parking lot, South Division & 1st Street SW (south of Sunbreak Café). Collection carts will be located in the northeast corner of the parking lot, with resident access available during daylight hours.
City of Auburn Christmas Tree and Wreath Recycling

Residents who live within the city limits of Auburn and have Waste Management or Allied Waste Services for garbage service can recycle their Christmas trees and organic wreaths for no additional cost. If you live outside of the Auburn city limits (unincorporated King County), contact your garbage and recycling hauler for Christmas tree recycling information.
Don’t be down in the dumps - Make recycling work for you

Are any recyclables falling through the cracks at your house? Could be, because more than half of the garbage going into King County’s landfill is actually recyclable! To make sure you keep as much out of the garbage as possible, follow these tips for making recycling more convenient:
Solid Waste Hauler to Change for the Holt/Cobble Creek Area on January 1, 2013

The City of Auburn’s contracted solid waste hauler, Waste Management will assume collection and disposal of solid waste on January 1, 2013, in Holt/Cobble Creek area that was annexed in 2005 via Ordinance #5516.
Solid Waste & Recycling Holiday Collection Changes

There will be no garbage, recycling or yard/food waste collection on Thanksgiving Day. Collections scheduled for that Thursday will occur on Friday, and collections normally scheduled for Friday will occur on Saturday.
New disposal station open for used household cooking oil and fryer grease

If you're planning to deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey this season, the City of Auburn has a safe way to dispose of the leftover used cooking oil. The City has partnered with General Biodiesel to provide residents with a safe, environmentally-friendly way to dispose of used fryer grease. The free waste-to-energy program recycles it into low carbon biodiesel.
Auburn City Council considers proposed solid waste rates for 2013

Increases in solid waste rates have been proposed to the Auburn City Council as part of the city's 2013-14 budget. If approved, rate changes will take effect January 1, 2013.
Auburn Customers to Receive Service Credit for Disruption of Garbage Collection

Auburn Waste Management customers will see a service credit on their December bill thanks to a $225,300 settlement recently reached by the City of Auburn and Waste Management. The settlement compensates for Waste Management’s failure to make scheduled solid waste collections from July 25 - Aug. 1, 2012 due to an employee strike.
November Recycling Tips from the City of Auburn: Don't Let Your Food Go to Waste

The average family in King County throws away 9 pounds of food every week, adding up to 470 pounds every year. As a result, more than one-third of the County’s garbage is made up of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard debris—the largest percentage of the waste stream.
Participate in Free Compost Workshops in Auburn Beginning Oct. 20

The first of three free composting workshops will be held on Oct. 20 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at The English Home & Garden located at 102 29th St. SE. Participants will learn how to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers; reduce erosion and soil compaction; control diseases and pest infestation; increase plant production; and conserve natural resources.
October Recycling Tips from the City of Auburn: Where Does Your Recycling Go?

Recycling involves a lot more than just the collection of materials. Those materials need to be picked up, processed and turned into a new product, and that product needs to be marketed and sold. Only then can recycling be considered a success.
Auburn Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Sept. 29

On Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Auburn Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
September Recycling Tips from the City of Auburn

The concept behind recycling is simple: Give new life to a product or packaging, instead of sending it to the landfill. But in practice, recycling gets complicated.