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2012 Green Business of the Year

WRRA 2007 Sustainable Business of the Year Winner

2006 Recyclers of the Year
 
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360.734.3490 | 24 Hr Answering Service 360.734.2051 | ssc@ssc-inc.com | Contact Us

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Residential Recycling Service

Home curbside recycling collection is provided to all single-family residences and multi-family units (1-4 units) in our service area.

Why does SSC use the Stack 3 Recycling Bin "Pre-Sorted" System?

Where does my recycling go?

Service Area: Bellingham, Ferndale, Birch Bay, Blaine and the majority of unincorporated Whatcom County.

Stack 3 Recycling Bins

Container Options Dimensions Max Weight Frequency Notes
Stack 3 Bins 21"Wx15"Dx13"H each (approx.) 35lbs. per bin Weekly-Bellingham
Every other week (EOW)-all other customers
 

Note: Recycling can be placed out for pickup weekly in Bellingham and every-other-week (EOW) in all other locations regardless of your frequency of garbage collection

Overfull recycling bins? Moderate quantities of extra materials can be placed next to recycling bins in an open cardboard box or plastic container (basket, bucket, etc.) no larger than a curbside recycling bin. Additional recycling bins are available for purchase. Order here. You may also purchase a standard size plastic garbage can (30-32 gallon) and label it for recycling Aluminum and Plastic Containers ONLY. Use your recycling bin to recycle glass bottles and metal cans.

Large quantities? Home business-generated materials? Please contact us for options.

Lost or Stolen Bin(s)? Need an extra bin? Stack 3 Recycling Bins replacement sets are $30 delivered. Individual bins are $10 per bin delivered or picked up in person. Extra or replacement bin(s) Pay by cash (US dollar), check, credit card or bill it to your SSC account. Order here. For questions, please contact us.

Note: SSC supplied containers are the property of SSC. Please label them with your address. DO NOT take them with you if you move. Customers are responsible for any theft, loss or damage in excess of normal use of SSC containers. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen SSC containers. SSC is not responsible for items left in, on, or near garbage Toters® or garbage cans.

Live or work in outlying areas? SSC supports the efforts of Western Wildlife Outreach. Check out these garbage and recycling storage tips.

Collection: Please set out containers the evening before your collection day. SSC crews works all holidays that fall on weekdays. Please set out collection containers as usual. Click here for holiday collection schedule tips.

Forgot to set containers out? If you missed your regularly scheduled pickup, please contact us or (360) 734-3490 for collection options.

Weather-related Service Delays: Collections may be missed due to weather or road conditions. Click here for weather-related service info. If missed garbage and recyclables are collected on your next regularly scheduled pick-up, no credit will be given. For schedule changes or service interruptions, click here or contact us during office hours or (360) 734-3490 for instructions. Our offices are open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. Closed most major holidays.

Collection Schedules: Available on your online account, or to request a collection calendar, please contact us.

Pack Out Service (Option): Available for an additional fee. Contact us for rates, questions or to schedule service.

New Customer? To start service, click here or contact us or (360) 734-3490.

Start / Stop Service: To start or stop service(s) on an existing account, login to your online account or contact us or (360) 734-3490.

Rates: For rates, please contact us or (360) 734-3490. Why are rates not listed online?

Planning an event? Visit our event services page for more info on temporary service at your event.

Multi-Family Property Manager Note: The flat recycling rate in the base collection rate = unlimited recycling. The more your tenants recycle, the lower your bill. How? Downsize your garbage container, request additional recycling Toters® at no additional charge and pay LESS for MORE service! To request extra recycling containers, please contact us.

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Bins

Stack 3 Recycling Bins Self-Hauler

Convenient self-hauler for storing recycling bins and rolling out for collection.

Container Dimensions
Self-Hauler 30"Wx34"Dx42"H each

$35 each. Delivered or pick up in person at our Bellingham Recycling Center and Transfer Station. Self haulers are yours to keep. Pay by cash (US dollar), check, credit card or bill it to your SSC account. Order here. For questions, please contact us.

Preparing Your Recyclables

Recycle the following materials by placing them in the marked stacking bins. Max. 35 lbs. per bin.

Overfull recycling bins? Moderate quantities of extra materials can be placed next to recycling bins in an open cardboard box or plastic container (basket, bucket, etc.) no larger than a curbside recycling bin. Additional recycling bins are available for purchase. Order here. You may also purchase a standard size plastic garbage can (30-32 gallon) and label it for recycling Aluminum and Plastic Containers ONLY. Use your recycling bin to recycle glass bottles and metal cans.

For extra large quantities or home business-generated materials, please contact us or call our office (360) 734-3490

Windy out? Click here for tips on preventing wind-blown litter. Thank you for helping us keep your neighborhood clean!

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Scrap Paper Only - White Bin

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reason - use a sturdy paper sack, small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin for extras.

Reminder: Stack corrugated cardboard next to bins or Toters® for recycling.

Yes:

  • Mail, magazines, catalogs
  • Envelopes, stationery, labels, paper sacks, phone books, paperback books, manuals, textbooks and guides. Note: remove and discard covers and bindings of hardback books.
  • Computer, copy/office paper (all colors), carbonless paper, file folders, poster paper
  • Paperboard cartons (ex. Cereal boxes, mac n' cheese boxes, shoe boxes, gift boxes, egg cartons). Discard liners/packing material. Flatten.
  • Staples, paper clips, file folder clips OK

No:

  • Polycoated cartons or boxes (refrigerator/freezer) ex. milk, juice or frozen food containers.**
  • Aseptic cartons and boxes (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable) ex. soy milk, broth, etc. or paper with foil or plastic (ex. foil gift wrap, (TYVEK) postal envelopes)
  • Plastic bags

** These products are compostable and accepted in our FoodPlus! Recycling service. Click here for details. To sign up for FoodPlus! click here.

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Scrap Paper

Newspaper Only - Red Bin

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reason - use a sturdy paper sack, small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin for extras.

Yes: Clean newsprint, inserts, ads, masking paper and masking tape. Roll or fold masking paper up tight. NO plastic or strapping tape.

No: Plastic bags, including plastic delivery bags, or rubber bands

If windy, please put top layer of newspaper in a paper bag to prevent litter.

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Newspaper

Bottles, Cans and Plastic Containers Only - Blue Bin

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reason - use a sturdy paper sack, small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than a standard curbside bin for extras.

Yes:

  • Glass Bottles and Jars. All colors. Labels & caps/lids OK. Throw away plastic corks; compost real corks. Remove caps/lids. Rinse bottles and jars clean. Bottles must be removed from 6-pak and 1/2 case boxes, etc. and placed loose in bin or Toter®. Avoid breaking glass. Chipped or cracked OK. For broken/shattered glass, bag or place inside an empty carton (milk/juice) or box and discard in garbage.
  • Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans and Foil. Remove tin can labels and recycle with scrap paper. Rinse all cans and foil clean. FLATTEN.
  • License Plates - Remove or invalidate the month and year tabs then bend the plates so they can't be used on another vehicle.

    Recycle old license plates, except those listed below, with bottles, cans and plastic containers or at one of our Recycling Centers.

    We cannot accept the following types of plates. Please return to a vehicle licensing office. For more info click here.

    • Commercial vehicle plates (gross weight over 12,000 pounds)
    • Personalized plates
    • Baseball stadium plates
    • Horseless carriage plates
    • Amateur radio operator (HAM) plates
    • Medal of Honor plates
    • Pearl Harbor survivor plates
    • Gold Star parent plates
  • Aerosol Cans (recycle with scrap metal - see below). Non-hazardous, aerosol cans ONLY. Aerosol cans must be EMPTY - no pressure or contents left in can. Leave cap on (if you have it). Place in a cardboard box with any other scrap metal. Set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters® for collection. Hazardous product aerosol cans or cans that are not empty must be taken to Disposal of Toxics for safe disposal. For more info call (360) 380-4640 or visit www.co.whatcom.wa.us/publicworks/solidwaste/construction/toxics.jsp.

    small pdf image Aerosol Can Bin Label

  • Plastic Containers
    • Bottles, Jugs, Caps & Rings.
    • Cups, Jars, Tubs Pails, Buckets & Lids
    • (max. bucket size - 1 gal. with metal handles removed) All colors and numbers. Labels OK. Put caps/lids back on all plastic bottles before recycling. Rinse CLEAN and recycle loose or nested together. FLATTEN bottles - especially bottles half-gallon size or larger.

Recycle plastic containers used for these types of products:
Beverages, dairy products, deli foods, sauces/condiments, cooking oils, soaps, detergents, cleaners (kitchen, laundry & garage), snack foods, frozen foods, storage/freezer-type containers, hair/body care, health/medicine, single-serve cold beverage cups/lids, hot beverage lids, caps and rings.

PLEASE FLATTEN BOTTLES - ESPECIALLY HALF-GALLON SIZE OR LARGER

Flattening bottles saves room in your recycling bin and on our recycling truck - allowing us to collect more recyclables and make fewer trips to the recycling center. This conserves fuel, saves time and money and reduces our impact on the environment. Thank you for your cooperation.

No:

  • Styrofoam™, (peanuts, packaging blocks, sheets, food containers, etc.), foam rubber
  • Window/plate glass, drinking glasses/mugs, pitchers, windshields, light bulbs, mirrors, fluorescent tubes, ceramics, pottery, Pyrex® and other baking dishware or insulation
  • Oil filters and air filters
  • Plastic pumps, tableware, utensils, toys
  • Plastic containers that held potentially hazardous products such as motor oil, antifreeze, paints, pesticides, etc.
  • Plastic bags

Styrofoam™: Click here or inquire with local postal, mailing and shipping outlets for reuse options.

To recycle larger quantities or other materials please contact us ssc@ssc-inc.com.

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Why do materials need to be clean for recycling?

Additional Plastics

Additional Plastics (pots, trays, hinged, containers, bags, tarps and more) accepted for DROP-OFF RECYCLING ONLY at Bellingham Transfer Station. Click here for more info.

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Plastic Containers

Cans, bottles and glasses

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Recycle these materials by placing them neatly next to recycling bins.

Vehicle Batteries (Lead Acid) - Car, truck, motorcycle and boat batteries. Store in a box. No cracked, leaking, household or rechargeable batteries accepted. Leave battery caps on. Note: Battery should say "Pb" on it, which designates it as Lead Acid.

Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) Batteries - Used in security, emergency, backup, mobile medical devices, etc. Store in a box. No cracked, leaking, household or rechargeable batteries accepted. Note: Battery should say "Pb" on it, which designates it as Lead Acid.

Note:
Rechargeable Batteries
- Ni-Cad, NiMh, Lithium and those used for cell phones, cameras, hearing aids, rechargeable tools, etc. Please contact Disposal of Toxics for recycling or disposal options.

Household Batteries - Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries no longer contain hazardous materials and can be disposed of with your regular household garbage.

Scrap Metal - Steel, copper, aluminum, brass and aerosol cans. Maximum 35 lbs. per pick up. Maximum length 24 inches. Store in a box. No plastic pipe.

Cords and Wiring - Coil and set next to recycling bins with other scrap metal.

Aerosol Cans - Non-hazardous, aerosol cans ONLY. Aerosol cans must be EMPTY - no pressure or contents left in can. Leave cap on (if you have it). Place in a cardboard box with any other scrap metal. Set next to recycling bins or recycling Toters® for collection. Hazardous product aerosol cans or cans that are not empty must be taken to Disposal of Toxics for safe disposal. For more info call (360) 380-4640 or visit www.co.whatcom.wa.us/publicworks/solidwaste/construction/toxics.jsp.

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Used Motor Oil - Used motor oil ONLY. Do not mix with anything else. Store in a one gallon (or smaller), sealed, non-breakable container. Clean plastic milk or water jugs work great. Do not use bleach, detergent, or antifreeze containers. Screw on threaded lids tightly. Seal "pop top" style lids with duct tape. Mark container "Oil." Set next to recycling bins (residential) or recycling Toters® (multi-family) for collection. Commercial customers should contact us for options. For questions, or to recycle larger quantities, contact us at (360) 734-3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com.

Oil & Water Don't Mix - Separating Oil from Water

  1. Let the oil / water mix stand. The oil will float to the top.
  2. Pour off oil into an approved container (see above). Seal and label as instructed above.
  3. Soak up any contaminated water and dispose of in the garbage

Used motor oil is also accepted for recycling at our Cedarville Transfer Station and Birch Bay Transfer Station. For hours and directions, click here.

small pdf image Used Motor Oil Flyer

Cardboard Recycling

Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags. Remove packing materials. Flatten and bundle. One bundle per pickup. Max. size 24"x48"x6". No Styrofoamâ„¢, plastic packing or wax-coated boxes.

Car Battery

Motor Oil

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FoodPlus!

Food scraps, yard debris, compostable papers and bio-plastics are all composted into rich soil amendment through our award-winning FoodPlus! program. FoodPlus! is a cost-effective way to reduce waste, trim your garbage bill and support local businesses creating new products from recycled materials. All FoodPlus! materials are composted at Green Earth Technologies (GET) in Lynden. Compost from GET is available for sale in Whatcom County.

Service Area: Bellingham, Ferndale, Birch Bay, Blaine and parts of unincorporated Whatcom County. Currently, there is no FoodPlus! service on Lummi Island.

Residential FoodPlus! Container Options Frequency Notes
60 gal Toter®
Wheeled container, handle, lid
Every-other-week Max. wt. 100 lbs.
Overweight charges apply.

Additional Toters® available.*
Regular rates apply.
2 gal Kitchen Pail N/A Pail is optional. Small fee charged. Pail is yours to keep.
Please do not set kitchen pails out for pick-up.

To order Foodplus! service and/or a kitchen pail click here. Note: FoodPlus! is also available to commercial customers. Food to Flowers! is our school service available to K-5 schools and other educational institutions.

*Or use your own container(s), paper bags or boxes for extra material. NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE. Set extra materials next to FoodPlus! Toter® for pick-up. Charges for extra materials apply.

Bulky Items: Bulky material that will not fit in Toters® should be cut to 4’ lengths, tied in bundles (max. weight 50 lbs.) and set next to Toter®. Charges for bulky material apply. Please contact us for questions.

Collection: Please set out containers the evening before your collection day. SSC crews works all holidays that fall on weekdays. Please set out collection containers as usual. Click here for holiday collection schedule tips. Collections may be missed due to weather or road conditions. Click here for weather-related service tips. If garbage and recyclables are collected on your next regularly scheduled pick-up, no credit will be given. For schedule changes or service interruptions, click here or contact us during office hours at ssc@ssc-inc.com or (360) 734-3490 for instructions. Our offices are open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. Closed most major holidays.

SSC supports the efforts of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project. If you live or work in outlying areas, check out these garbage and recycling storage tips.

Note: SSC supplied containers are the property of SSC. Please label them with your address. DO NOT take them with you if you move. Customers are responsible for any theft, loss or damage in excess of normal use of SSC containers. A replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen SSC containers. SSC is not responsible for items left in, on, or near Toters® or garbage cans.

Pack Out Service: Ideal for weekend residents, those in neighborhoods where covenants prohibit leaving garbage and recycling containers out overnight or for customers who need assistance. SSC driver takes container to truck, empties it and returns it to its designated storage location at your home. Available to all customers for a small charge per pick-up.

Rates: For rates, please contact us or (360) 734-3490.

For tips and more info visit our FAQ page.

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ALL FOODS/FOOD SCRAPS ALL COMPOSTABLE
FOOD-SOILED PRODUCTS
YARD DEBRIS
  • Fruit/Vegetable Scraps, Peels, Trimmings
  • Spoiled/Outdated Foods
  • Dairy Scraps (such as yogurt, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, milk)
  • Paper Coffee Filters, Coffee Grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Leftovers / Table Scraps
  • Dough Scraps (wrap or bag in PAPER)
  • All Meat, Fish, Shellfish Scraps (including bones and shells). No roadkill.
  • Tea bags
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Paper Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Ice cream/Frozen Food Cartons
  • Paper Deli/Take-Out Cartons
  • Napkins/Paper Towels/Tablecloths
  • Paper Plates, Bowls, Cups
  • Parchment/Waxed Paper
  • Paper Bags
  • Pet Food Bags (wax paper-no plastic / foil)
  • Bakery Boxes / Paper Liners
  • Wax-coated Cardboard Boxes
  • Compostable Dishes / Utensils / To-go Containers (Ex. Corn, Potato, Bamboo)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Small Wood Scraps
  • Corks (real, not plastic)
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Boxed cracker wrappings
  • Grass Clippings
  • Garden Trimmings/Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Brush/Branches (max. 7" diameter)
  • Floral Trimmings, Houseplants
  • Expired Floral Arrangements
  • Waxed Floral Paper
  • Seasonal Greens (Pumpkins, Cornstalks, Hay, Gourds, Garlands, Wreaths, Swags, Etc.)
NO Plastic(s)/Plastic Bags, Aseptic Cartons/Boxes (non-refrigerated, shelf-stable), Pet/Human Waste, Diapers, Roadkill, or Garbage

small pdf image FoodPlus! Recycling - Residential Flyer
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Food Recycling

Food Plus Recycling

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FoodPlus! Kitchen Pail -
  2 gallon, $8.75 each (yours to keep)

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Where Does It All Go?

All materials collected in the FoodPlus! Recycling program are composted at Green Earth Technologies (GET) in Lynden. Composting is a natural process that break down organic materials and turns them into rich soil amendment. Compost from GET is available for sale in Whatcom County.

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Understanding Your Bill

Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC) provides you with garbage and recycling collection service. You pay us to collect these materials. On your bill, you will see:

  • Actual cost of collecting your garbage
  • Actual cost of collecting your recyclables
  • The value (less any processing charges) of recyclables sold (shown as a recycling credit or recycling charge)

Recyclables are sold and the value we receive (if any) from the sale of these materials is applied to your collection bill in the form of a recycling credit or recycling charge. The recycling credit or recycling charge that appears on your bill reflects market conditions of the previous year. Market prices for recyclables go up and down just like prices for other commodities, such as lumber and gasoline. Following a year of high (or positive) market values, your recycling credit will increase. Following a year of low (or negative) market values, your recycling credit will decrease and may become a charge. The sale of these recyclables helps lower your overall bill. In years, when we pay to have your recyclables processed, please remember it is still less expensive than disposing of these materials as garbage. We encourage you to continue recycling!

The recycling credit or recycling charge is reviewed and adjusted annually by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). The WUTC reviews and approves our rates (except for residents in the cities of Bellingham and Ferndale) to ensure you are paying a fair price for the service you receive and fair value for your recyclables.

Residential Recycling Credit/Recycling Charge History
1996Recycling Credit$0.26/month
1997Recycling Charge$0.83/month
1998Recycling Charge$0.46/month
1999Recycling Charge$0.62/month
2000Recycling Credit$0.26/month
2001Recycling Credit$0.27/month
2002Recycling Charge$0.62/month
2003Recycling Charge$0.24/month
2004Recycling Charge$0.22/month
2005Recycling Charge$0.16/month
2006Recycling Charge$0.21/month
2007Recycling Charge$0.32/month
2008Recycling Charge$0.38/month
2009Recycling Charge$0.15/month
2010Recycling Charge$0.58/month
2011Recycling Credit$0.24/month
2012Recycling Credit$0.51/month
2013Recycling Charge$0.12/month
2014Recycling Charge$0.47/month

You can help keep your bill low by recycling as much as possible and buying products made from recycled materials. Increasing demand for products made from recycled materials helps strengthen recycling markets. By recycling, you also reduce the amount of garbage you generate and help conserve valuable resources.

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Plastic Recycling

Rigid (hard) and Film (soft) Plastics are accepted for Drop Off Recycling at our Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station. Available to home and business customers. Small fee charged. Click here for more info.

DROP-OFF RECYCLING ONLY - Bellingham Recycle Center & Transfer Station - 1001 Roeder Avenue (Corner F&Roeder). For hours and directions, click here.

Rate: Small recycling fee charged for 30-gal or equivalent. Click here for more info on other materials accepted for drop-off or contact us with questions.

Commercial Customers: Once a month curbside recycling collection is available. Variety of dumpster sizes available. Contact us for rates and additional info.

Contractors: See Construction Recycling for info about recycling plastics and other construction related materials together.

Film Plastics Other
Bags Film/Wrap Hangers Twine
  • Grocery
  • Reusable (Woven)
  • Produce, Bulk, Bakery
  • Newspaper
  • Dry Cleaner
  • Soil, Bark, Compost
  • Insulation
  • Lumber Wrap
  • Silage Sacks
  • Cling Wrap ("Saran")
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Magazine/Mail Covers
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Inflatable Packaging
  • Poly Sheeting
  • Visqueen
  • Painter's Drop Sheets
  • Pallet Wrap
  • Tarps (please remove grommets)
Hangers (No metal parts, please bag separately) Twine (please bag separately)

All types and colors accepted. Material must be clean. Stuff into plastic sack to condense and save money. No Styrofoam or thin foam sheets.

small pdf image Film Plastics Recycling Drop Off Flyer

Rigid Plastics
  • Plant/Garden Pots
  • Plant/Garden Trays
  • Hinged Containers (Deli, To-Go, Etc.)
  • "Blister" Packaging (Toys, Electronics, Toiletries, Batteries, Etc.)
  • Buckets (please remove metal handles)
  • Pipe (HDPE #2 and PVC #3)

All colors, numbers, and sizes accepted. Material must be clean. Labels OK. Remove lids and recycle loose or stuff inside containers. Stack and nest if possible to consolidate.

small pdf image Rigid Plastics Recycling Drop Off Flyer

 

Junk Hauling

Got junk? You Call – We Haul. From your home, garage, shop, yard or office, we can haul it all. Appliances, furniture, mattresses, electronics, yard debris, remodeling/demolition waste, and more. Low prices. No minimum charge! Weekend pick-up available.

Curbside Pick-up: For single bulky/large item pick-up, schedule curbside pick-up on your garbage collection day. Available to residential and commercial customers. Service must be scheduled in advance. Place item out next to garbage Toter®. Extra charges apply based on item size and quantity.

For questions or to schedule pick-up, contact us or call (360) 734-3490.

Junk Hauling

Hazardous Waste

SSC does not accept any kind of hazardous, toxic, radioactive or dangerous waste(s), ammunition, explosives, dead animals, CFL/fluorescent lights, old gasoline, solvents, antifreeze, asbestos, pesticides, oil-based paints or hot ashes.

Note: hot ashes should never be placed in your Toter® or can. Hot ashes are a fire hazard and should never be placed in a Toter® or can. Set in a metal can outside and away from buildings, structures or anything that can ignite. Let cool completely. Place COLD ashes in a bag and dispose of as garbage.

Examples of some types of common household hazardous waste include: paints, fluorescent lights, old gasoline, oil, solvents, antifreeze, asbestos (siding, shingles, floor adhesive, etc), pesticides/herbicides/other liquid chemicals, fluorescent lighting and certain other lighting products. Click here for list of lighting products we do accept for recycling.

To dispose of these types of wastes, please contact the Disposal of Toxics program at (360) 380-4640. Disposal of Toxics accepts a variety of household hazardous wastes from Whatcom County residents. Chemical wastes from Whatcom County businesses are also accepted by Disposal of Toxics with prior approval.

To dispose of ammunition or explosives (old boat flares, fireworks, etc.), contact the Washington State Patrol (Bellingham office) at 360-676-2007 or the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800 for options.

 

Lighting Recycling and Disposal

The following types of lighting products contain mercury and cannot be thrown in the trash:
Fluorescent lighting, including regular and low-mercury or "green" tubes, compact tubes or bulbs (CFL’s), ballasts, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, UV lamps and mercury-bearing devices. See below for recycling and disposal options:

SSC – Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station - 1001 Roeder Avenue (corner F & Roeder)
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) ONLY are accepted for recycling. No charge. Bulbs accepted during business hours only. When recycling CFL bulbs, please deliver intact and packaged to avoid breakage (Tip: save original containers). Check in at front. Please press buzzer to left of door for assistance. Open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. Closed most major holidays. (360) 734-3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com.

To recycle, or properly dispose of, other types of lighting, such as fluorescent tubes, ballasts, High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, UV lamps, and mercury-bearing devices, or for questions or more information about recycling and proper disposal options for lighting, check out these resources:

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Electronics Recycling

Many electronic products - like computers, TV's and telephones - contain parts that can be harmful to the environment. These items don't belong in the garbage. Recycle old or non-working electronics instead.

Curbside

Bellingham residential and commercial recycling customers. Commercial recycling customers (outside city limits). Contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or (360) 734-3490 to schedule pick-up.

Special Pick-Up

All SSC customers. Contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or (360) 734-3490 to schedule pick-up.

Drop-Off

SSC’s Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station – 1001 Roeder Ave (F&Roeder) – Public drop-off during regular business hours only (Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM). Closed most major holidays. Check in at front for assistance. Cash, check, debit and major credit card accepted or charge it to your SSC account.

All electronic items collected are delivered locally to Safe & Easy Recycling and responsibly recycled or reused. For more information on electronics recycling in Washington State visit E Cycling Washington.

small pdf image Electronics Recycling List and Info (Residential and Commercial)

For more info visit our FAQ page.
For questions or to schedule a pick-up contact us.

SSC Electronics Recyling

Waste Electronics

Confidential Data Shredding

Mobile Secure Recycled

Our mobile shredding service is available to both residential and commercial customers. Service is offered on a regular (weekly, every other week or monthly), occasional or as-needed schedule. From a small shoebox to a large storage unit - no amount is too big or too small.

For on-site, mobile shredding at your location contact us at (360) 734-3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com to schedule service.

Drop-off option: Secure shredding available at our Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station at 1001 Roeder Ave (F&Roeder) during regular business hours. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8AM - 5PM. Closed most major holidays. Check in at office for instructions and to pay. Cash, check, credit card accepted or charge it to your SSC account.

Confidential data shredding is ideal for:

Lenders
Employers
Doctors
Automobile Dealers
Insurers
Government Agencies

CPA's
Title Companies
Landlords
Mortgage Brokers
Dentists
Law Offices

Our mobile, state-of-the-art shredding truck shreds on-site while you watch. We provide a convenient and affordable way to protect yourself, your employees and your company from identity theft and confidently recycle your confidential data.

Shredded paper is recycled through Northwest Recycling (NWR) - another locally-owned and family-operated business. Recycled paper is baled and shipped to mills regionally and overseas for manufacture into new paper products.

small pdf image Confidential Data Shredding Info Flyer

Confidential Data Shredding
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Container Options

Confidential Data Toters®
Two-wheeled cart with secure (lockable) lid. For scheduled service, we provide as many Toters® as you need at no charge. You provide lock(s). For annual or seasonal service, Toters® arrangements are made on a case by case basis. Toters® meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, are durable and easy to transport. Color: Granite

64-gallon Toter®
Dimensions: 31" x 24" x 43" (approx.)
Capacity: Up to 200 lbs. of material
Shredder Toters
32-gallon Toter®
Dimensions: 24" x 20" x 40"
Capacity: Up to 100 lbs.
Standard Cardboard Box
Use your own storage box and reuse it.
storage box
Console - Locking Door
Dimensions: 21.5"Wx16"Dx36"H
Capacity: 36gal (70-80 lbs)

Acceptable Materials

  • Paper Files
  • Microfiche/Microfilm
  • Audio and Video Media
  • VHS Tapes
  • Computer Disks
  • Magnetic Media
  • Computer Hard Drives (contact us (360) 734-3490 for rates)
  • X-Rays
  • Other materials (contact us (360) 734-3490 for options)

Staples, paper clips, fasteners and spiral notebooks OK. Please remove ringed binders from paper loads intended for recycling. All paper data is shredded and recycled. Other data is shredded and recycled as markets allow or destroyed and disposed.

Where does it go? Shredded paper is recycled through Northwest Recycling (NWR) - another locally-owned and family-operated business. Paper is baled and shipped to mills regionally and overseas for manufacture into new paper products.

Rates

Our rates area based on volume, frequency, type(s) of materials recycled or destroyed and the service(s) provided. We can provide fixed rates and/or one-time quotes. Please contact us - (360) 734-3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com

Benefits of shredding with SSC

Compliant with the following regulations:

Superior Staff

All SSC shredding staff are given overviews of the HIPAA, Gramm /Leach/Bliley and Privacy Act regulations and are required to attend regular safety meetings for on-going training in equipment use and maintenance, safe route operations, DOT updates and discussion of other pertinent safety related issues. In addition, all employees are uniformed, professionally licensed drivers who are subject to extensive background checks and have signed a Confidentiality Agreement.

A signed Certification of Destruction is provided upon request.

Shredding service charges are included on your regular SSC bill - one bill saves you time and money. To set up an account or sign up for our auto-pay option, click here.

SSC is locally-owned and family-operated, and proud business member of the Better Business Bureau, Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sustainable Connections.

Sustainable Connections Member Sanitary Service Company Inc, Rubbish & Garbage Removal, Bellingham, WA

For questions or more information see our FAQ page or contact us – (360) 734-3490 or ssc@ssc-inc.com

Confidential Data Shredding Truck

Recycle Your Cycle - Used Bicycle Recycling Project

SSC now accepts used bicycles through its Recycle your Cycle program at no charge. Collected bikes are donated to The Hub Community Bike Shop.

To donate your used bicycle, visit SSC's Bellingham Recycling Center & Transfer Station at 1001 Roeder Avenue (F&Roeder) for drop-off. Hours are Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM. Closed most major holidays. Check in at office for instructions. Donated bikes must be able to be repaired and ridden - at a minimum. Bikes beyond repair can be recycled as scrap metal.

SSC is a "bike-friendly" business, active Whatcom SmartTrips employer and long time supporter of Bike to Work and School Day. Our employees log over 30,000 SmartTrips miles per year - many of them by bike! SSC is also a proud sponsor of WWU's Cycling Team. For questions or more info, visit our FAQ section or contact us at ssc@ssc-inc.com or (360) 734-3490.

Recycle Your Cycle – Used Bicycle Recycling Project Logo

Recycle Your Cycle

Want to lower your garbage bill?

One step toward lowering your garbage bill is to recycle all you can. By recycling, you can reduce the amount of garbage you generate, which means less garbage you have to pay to dispose of. To save money, you can switch your service to less frequent collection (ie. every other week instead of weekly) or reduce the size of your garbage container and lower your bill.

Another way to help lower your garbage bill is to buy recycled products. Increasing demand for products made from recycled materials helps strengthen markets. Many products are now available that are made from recycled materials. Help yourself, our community and the environment - recycle all you can.

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