We realize there can be lots of questions related to container service and visiting our recycling facility. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find what you are looking for — please ask, we are here to help.
Yes! Our container service allows us to effectively service customers across King and Snohomish Counties – we come to you. We operate from our recycling facility in the Maltby/Clearview area on the south side of Snohomish. Click here to see where we are located. You can also go to United Recycling Seattle located at 74 S. Hudson St.
Both the general public and businesses can bring materials to our recycling facility.
We are open on Saturdays from late spring to early fall – please feel free to call ahead to confirm (360-668-4300). If you have a large project or special request for service outside of our current operating hours, please contact us.
Homeowners and the general public may pay by cash, check or credit card. Business customers may open an account or pay by cash, check or credit card.
There are many variables involved with container service and recycling various materials. Please contact us and we are happy to provide pricing specific to your project.
Yes! Because we process materials at our recycling facility, we are able to offer crushed concrete and asphalt (1-1/4” minus, 2”-4” and 4”-8”), organic hog fuel, black bark and 3-way topsoil to local businesses. There is a 6 yard minimum for material being picked up. If we are providing container service for a customer, we can haul materials to their job site at a reduced rate, otherwise an hourly trucking fee will apply. We are not able to service residential customers at this time (see below).
Residential customers can purchase topsoil and black bark through Clearview Nursery & Stone. Clearview Nursery & Stone offers various types of landscape materials including rocks, flagstone, bark, topsoil and more. They can deliver to your home or job site, or you can visit their yard to pick up materials.
We do not provide curbside pick-up, however United Metals pays you to recycle your appliances (drained of any liquids) at their recycling facility.
Yes, we operate a certified 90 foot scale and can provide certified weight tickets. Please feel free to call us at 360-668-4300 to confirm our hours and that our scale will fit your needs.
Typically, we do not accept dirt. Please call our office at (360) 668-4300 prior to coming to our facility to inquire, as we handle this on a case-by-case basis.
We accept flattened cardboard at our facility for free.
Unfortunately, there is not a market for recycled railroad ties, so we are not able to accept them at this time.
Our processing facility is not currently set-up to accept or recycle tires. However, there are facilities that specialize in recycling tires.
Yes, composition roofing is accepted at our recycling facility if it is in a United Recycling container. At this time we cannot accept composition roofing that contractors or homeowners haul in their own trucks and equipment.
In order to maintain the highest level (90% plus) of materials being recycled at our facility, we are not currently able to accept loads of solely carpet or insulation. If there happens to be carpet or insulation mixed in with other demolition materials (known as co-mingled demo), we will accept it.
We accept brush, stumps, logs and other landscape materials. We cannot accept wood that has already been chipped, in case there are foreign materials mixed in with it. For example, if there was metal accidentally mixed in, it could cause significant damage to our machinery.
Please consult the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to research and understand your responsibilities prior to a renovation or demolition project. We will need a copy of your permit from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency prior to accepting materials from your project.
New customers need to fill out paperwork to establish your account in our system. Once that is complete, depending on the season and demand for our container service, we can typically have a container delivered in 24-48 hours. Planning ahead is always best and most cost effective, however we understand that sometimes priorities and needs change at the last minute. We always do our best to accommodate your needs!
Our dispatcher will communicate with you to confirm the date/time for delivery of the container. Because we use a real-time dispatching system, we can see the location of all of our trucks, enabling us to provide more accurate estimations of arrival.
We specialize in recycling and therefore provide containers for recycling only.
All containers have doors that open at one end, making loading much simpler. We provide drop off and pick up of the container, however all loading must be handled by you. In addition, at delivery we place wood boards under the container to protect the concrete/asphalt. At pick-up, we pick up the boards and sweep the area where the container was placed, to ensure we leave the area clean.
Please only load to the top edge of your container. Also, the weight of the material you load into the container should not exceed 10 tons or 20,000 lbs (no matter the size of the container). If over-loading occurs (in either weight or quantity), additional charges may be assessed. If unsafe or over weight, the container will need to be unloaded by the customer, so that it is safe before we will remove it.
We will work with you to schedule the delivery and pick-up of the container(s) to maximize the efficiency of your project. If you need the container for more than 2 weeks, additional charges may apply. Please contact us prior to scheduling the container to discuss any special requirements you may have.
It is always helpful to have clear instructions from our customers on where they want the container placed. Upon arrival, our driver will inspect the area where the container will be placed and take photos prior to unloading the container. The driver will also place wood boards on the ground, so the container is not placed directly on the concrete/asphalt. Similarly, when we pick-up the container, we re-inspect the concrete/asphalt and take additional photos to ensure the integrity of the area.
Some cities or towns require a permit for containers when they are placed on a public street. Please check with your local municipality. It is the customer’s responsibility to abide by the rules in their location and pay for any necessary permits. For more information, please visit our Helpful Links page.