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Posted on: January 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Helpful Tips for Residential Solid Waste Collection

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Due to weather conditions, Waste Management cancelled garbage, recycling and yard waste pick-up for Mountlake Terrace customers this week which may cause some confusion for solid waste collection next week.  In order to make the information clearer for residents, the city followed up with Waste Management so residents know if they should put out the blue cart, the green cart, or both with their trash cart. 

First, please bring your carts in from the curb until next week’s collection if you have not done so already.  With regard to trash collection, on Wednesday, January 22, Waste Management will pick-up double the amount of trash at no additional charge due to last week’s weather-related missed collection.  You can place excess trash in a trash bag or extra can as long as it weighs less than 55 pounds. Please place either recycling or yard waste out at the curb according to your collection calendar for January 22.

Since recycling and yard waste pick-up occurs every other week and our city is split into two different collections north and south of 228th Street SW, half of our residents missed recycling and half missed yard waste collection. 

Similar to trash collection, the inclement weather policy says you will have double collected on your next regularly scheduled pick up day. For example, if you missed recycling collection on January 15, Waste Management will pick up double the amount of recycling on January 29.  Likewise, if you missed yard waste collection on January 15, Waste Management will collect double the amount of yard waste on January 29.  Waste Management will not pick up both yard waste and recycling on January 22, so please bring that can in until the following week.

Please place extra recycling in a cardboard box or paper bag and do not use plastic bags. Please place all food waste in your compost cart and extra yard waste can go in extra cans or paper bags.  You can also have yard waste bundled according to Waste Management’s information online.

In the meantime, some recyclable items (particularly cardboard) are accepted for free at the Snohomish County Southwest Transfer Station located at 21311 61st Place West in Mountlake Terrace. For more information call (425) 388-3425. They are open on the weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information on solid waste collection, please visit Waste Management’s website at


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