Annual Recycling and Reuse Report and Recycler License

Businesses and non-profits that collect, haul, or process recyclable material, including compostable material, and are located or operating in the City of Seattle must submit a complete annual Recycling & Reuse Reports and apply for or renew their Recycler License by March 31 of each year, according to Seattle Municipal Code (SMC, 6.250.080). The 2023 Recycle & Reuse Report is due March 31, 2024. 

Businesses and non-profits play a vital role in Seattle reaching its waste prevention and reduction goals. Your completed annual Recycling & Reuse Report helps inform recycling and waste prevention services and programs.

Based on 2022 reporting, we estimate that businesses and non-profits recycled or composted 214,923 tons of material, or 64.7% of commercial waste. The overall recycling rate for Seattle is 52.8%.

Submit your annual Recycling & Reuse Report

Option 1:  Report online using the Recycling & Reuse Report App – Recommended
(Business and contact information is retained between years.)

NEW! We are offering FREE 30-minute virtual sessions to help you submit your 2023 Recycler & Reuse Report through the online app! Our trainer will answer your questions, help first-time users get started, and help you troubleshoot any issues. Each 30-minute session will be held online via the virtual platform Microsoft Teams where the trainer can share their screen and you can work together in real time. Sign up for a session.

Option 2: Download and email the report in Excel

  • Download the 2023 Annual Seattle  Recycling & Reuse Report Excel Form (XLSX)
  • On the menu bar, click on "File" and then "Save As"
  • Name the file using your company name and “2023 Recycler Report,” and click on "Save"
  • Open the Excel file on your computer and enter data in the appropriate cells
  • When you are finished, click on "File" on the menu bar, then "Save"
  • Create a new email, attach the completed form, and send it to spu_recyclerlicense@seattle.gov no later than March 31, 2024.

Note: copy email if needed for use elsewhere SPU_recyclerlicense@seattle.gov.

Failure to submit a complete and accurate 2023 Seattle Annual Recycling & Reuse Report and a Recycler License Application/Renewal by March 31, 2024 may result in fines and statutory fees of $500 or more (SMC 6.202.470).

Submit your annual Recycler License Application/Renewal

Recycling businesses and non-profits located or operating in Seattle will receive hard copies of the recycler license application/renewal form in the mail. If your business or non-profit needs another copy, download the license form. The license form and a check for $105 payable to "City of Seattle" must be mailed to:

City of Seattle, Department of Finance and Administrative Services
Attn: Recycler License
700 5th Avenue Suite 4300
P.O. Box 34214
Seattle, WA 98124-4214
consumerprotection@seattle.gov
(206) 386-1267

The Recycler License Application/Renewal is due by March 31, 2024. Failure to submit a complete and accurate 2023 Seattle Annual Recycling & Reuse Report and a Recycler License Application/Renewal by March 31, 2024, may result in fines and statutory fees of $500 or more (SMC 6.202.470). For more information, see the Department of Finance and Administrative Services Business Regulations - Recycling business or non-profit.

Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000
SPUCustomerService@seattle.gov

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.