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Garbage Collection

Regardless of your company’s size or industry we can create a custom waste pickup program that meets your needs and helps protect the environment.

Waste Management offers a full range of custom disposal services.

Construction, Demolition and Landclearing Projects

Get your construction job done right with innovative solutions, time-tested expertise and the reliability of the nation's largest environmental solutions network.

Dumpsters and Roll-Off Containers

  • Front Load Containers: 1 to 8 yard with wheels and metal or plastic lids.
  • Roll-off Drop Boxes: 10 to 50 yards. 100-yard chassis/trailers for large jobs.
  • Compactors: Stationery and self-contained compactors condense garbage or recycling, provide security, reduce litter, and keep out rodents.
  • Storage Containers: 20 and 22 feet; ideal for security at job sites.

Waste Management offers a full range of custom disposal services.

Commercial Container Guidelines

Extra Garbage / Safety / Loading / Service Delays
Blocked Containers

Do not put in Commercial Garbage

Hazardous Waste
Electronics
Fluorescents
Needles, Syringes
Medical Waste

More Information

Contact Waste Management Customer Service or 1 800 592-9995 (M-F 7 AM - 5 PM) for more information.


 

Extra Garbage / Safety / Loading / Service Delays

Safety is a priority for Waste Management and is a shared responsibility that starts at your waste container. A properly filled, maintained and serviced container is crucial in keeping customers and collectors free from harm. The best practices below will help you maintain a waste area that is functional and safe for both you and our drivers.

Loading Container: When loading your container, please ensure that your container lid can fully close. If your trash is unable to fit in the container with the lid fully closed, we may be unable to empty your container. Please put overflow garbage in securely closed bags away from the container, rather than in front of or on top of it. You will be charged for extra garbage.

If your trash volume increases, you can change your collection frequency or container size. A service adjustment will allow you to keep up with your need for more garbage capacity, avoid litter, and help avoid additional fees caused by container overflow or spilled trash.

Safety Tips for your collection area: To ensure the safety of all, please maintain clear and safe access to your container. In addition, place your container in an open or well-lit area and ensure that the overhead clearance is a minimum of 14 feet in height.

How to avoid delays in service: To prevent delays in your collection service, please ensure vehicles are not parked in front or on the side of your container. In addition, make sure gates or access to your containers are unlocked for service and keep containers clear of snow and ice. 

Blocked Containers

Waste Management maintains a "Haul or Call" policy for garbage and recycling collection.

We ask customers to keep containers unblocked (parked cars, overflow material, locked gates, etc.) so that we can empty and replace them in a timely fashion.

  • If a driver finds a container blocked, he will call Dispatch.
  • Dispatch will contact the customer while the driver waits up to 4 minutes for access before moving on with the route.
  • If Dispatch reaches the customer, they will ask the customer to clear access and arrange for later collection if necessary.
  • If Dispatch is unable to contact the customer, they will leave a message explaining the circumstances, and ask the customer to call Customer Service to schedule another collection. Extra service charges may apply. 

Hazardous Waste

Most businesses and households use products that contain hazardous materials. For example, a business that uses any of the following materials probably creates hazardous wastes:

  • Dyes, paints, thinners, solvents or cleaning fluids
  • Materials that burn or itch on contact with skin
  • Materials that dissolve metal, wood, paper or clothing
  • Pesticides
  • Products with a warning label such as "flammable," "caustic," "danger," "hazardous" or "poison."

Hazardous wastes require special handling. They can't be put in the dumpster, poured down the drain or evaporated into the air. They can't be taken to the transfer station. Every business must comply with regulations, no matter how little hazardous waste it generates. The amount of waste the business produces or stores determines which regulations apply.

The requirements for managing hazardous waste are spelled out in the Washington dangerous waste regulations (Chapter 173-303 WAC). These regulations address how hazardous waste must be stored, handled, transported and disposed.

Hazardous Waste Information:

Electronics

Computers, laptops, monitors, separated computer circuit boards and televisions contain heavy metals. They cannot be disposed of as garbage and must be recycled.

You can also recycle many other electronic items, including computer peripherals (mouse, keyboard, cables, printer, scanner, speakers, etc.), cell phones, hand-held devices, photocopiers, fax machines, stereos, VCRs, and DVD players.

Click here for information on electronics disposal locations.

 

Fluorescents Bulbs and Tubes Require Special Disposal

Do not put them in the garbage.
Using fluorescent lights saves money and reduces the amount of energy that needs to be produced by power plants. However, they contain small amounts of mercury, so they need to be recycled properly. Fluorescent lights are safe to use in your home, and mercury is not released when in use. However, no products that contain mercury should be put in the garbage.

Crushing fluorescent tubes creates mercury vapor that is difficult to contain. Keeping lamps intact prevents mercury exposure. Fluorescent tubes are regulated, and must go to a recycler or permitted treatment, storage, or disposal facility. Recyclers separate the tubes into their component materials - glass, metal, phosphor powder and mercury - so that these materials can be recycled or reused.

Q. Why should I recycle my compact fluorescent lights and fluorescent tubes?
A.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and tubes come in various shapes and sizes. CFLs contain small amounts of mercury (about as much as the ink on the tip of a ball point pen). If the lights are broken, mercury vapor can enter the environment and settle into surface waters, where it can turn into highly toxic methylmercury. Fish and other wildlife can then ingest the mercury and pass it up the food chain to humans. Once mercury is in the food chain, it is almost impossible to remove. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 600 million fluorescent lights are disposed of annually, with over 80 percent ending up in landfills. Because mercury persists in the environment, you must not throw away CFLs with your regular garbage. Instead, recycle them so the mercury, aluminum, glass, and phosphor can all be safely recovered.

Q. What should I do if a compact fluorescent light or fluorescent tube gets broken?
A.
If a light breaks, put on protective gloves and carefully sweep up all of the glass fragments and any powder with a disposable hand broom and dust pan. Place the broken pieces of glass in a rigid food storage container with a snap on lid. Place the disposable hand broom and dustpan in a plastic bag and wipe the area with a damp paper towel. Put the used towel in the plastic bag as well and then place everything in a five-gallon bucket or container with a lid. The greatest potential hazard in this situation is being cut by the broken glass. Ventilate the area well. Make sure to never use the vacuum cleaner because you would contaminate your vacuum and the mercury could become airborne. Dispose of the waste at your local household hazardous waste facility.

For more information, please contact our customer service.