Frequently Asked Questions

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.

GENERAL

Do you have multiple locations?

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.

Can anyone bring materials to your facility to recycle, or just businesses?

Both the general public and businesses can bring materials to our recycling facility.

When do you switch to/from your summer business hours?

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.

What forms of payment do you accept?

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.

Do you have pricing on your website?

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.

Do you sell materials?

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).

Can I purchase topsoil or black bark for my yard?

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.

Do you provide curbside pick-up of appliances?

We do not provide curbside pick-up, however United Metals pays you to recycle your appliances (drained of any liquids) at their recycling facility.

Do you provide certified weight tickets?

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.

ACCEPTED MATERIALS

Do we need to sort our construction debris (wood, cardboard, metal, drywall, plastics) prior to hauling it (or having you haul it) to your recycling facility?

We process and sort all materials at our permitted recycling facility in Snohomish. There are many variables to consider (your time, the amount of space available on your job site, the quantity of materials, training team members, etc.). Some customers choose to sort their construction debris (it is cheaper to recycle if it is sorted), but it is not required.

Do you recycle metal?

Yes, please visit our partner website, United Metals, to see a list of accepted metals. For pricing or to request a container for your scrap metal, please call 360-668-7355. United Metals is located at the South side of our facility at 18827 Yew Way, Snohomish, WA 98296.

Do you accept dirt?

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.

Do you pay cash for cardboard?

We accept flattened cardboard at our facility for free.

Do you recycle railroad ties?

Unfortunately, there is not a market for recycled railroad ties, so we are not able to accept them at this time.

Do you recycle tires?

Our processing facility is not currently set-up to accept or recycle tires.  However, there are facilities that specialize in recycling tires.

Do you accept composition roofing?

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.

Do you accept carpet and insulation?

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.

Do you accept wood that has already been chipped?

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.

The home we are remodeling was built pre-1950's and we are concerned about asbestos and lead paint from the kitchen remodel. Will you accept demolition debris from the renovation project?

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.

What if there are hazardous materials mixed in with demolition debris?

We are unable to accept hazardous materials whether or not they are separate or mixed in with other debris. Please explore the resources offered by Snohomish County and King County to find a location to properly dispose of hazardous waste materials.

CONTAINER SERVICE

How much notice is required to have a container delivered?

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!

How will we know when the container will be delivered?

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.

Can you provide dumpsters for garbage for our site, as well as the containers for recyclable materials?

We specialize in recycling and therefore provide containers for recycling only.

Can you help load the container at our site?

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.

How high can we load the container?

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.

How long can we keep the container at our site?

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.

Will the container damage the concrete/asphalt where it is placed?

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.

Do we need a permit for having a container on our site?

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.