Backyard Pickup Service

Need help getting your carts from your yard to the curb or alley? For an additional fee, single family customers (houses and properties with less than 4 units) can have their garbage picked up from their yard.

Backyard service in not available for recycling and food & yard waste (compost). Fees can be waived for eligible residents. Call Seattle Public Utilities Customer Service at (206) 684-3000 to sign up.

View backyard pickup charges.


Eligibility for Free Backyard Service

You may qualify for an exemption from the backyard service charge if all of these apply to you:

  • Have curbside or alley garbage collection
  • Have physical or mental disabilities or a health problem that prevents you from taking your waste to the curb or alley for collection (medical verification may be required)
  • Don't have anyone living in the home who can assist you
  • Have a yard with challenging terrain or landscaping


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

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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.