Mukilteo unifies waste services in new contract with Waste Management

Aug 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following is a news release from Waste Management regarding garbage and recycling service in town. It provides updated dates from what has previously been reported.


The City of Mukilteo is simplifying environmental services and increasing program efficiencies by providing all residential and business services through one provider, Waste Management.

Waste Management (WM) has partnered with the City of Mukilteo for more than 25 years, providing recycling and related services to most Mukilteo residential customers. The new contract transitions approximately 1,000 customers from Rubatino Refuse Removal to Waste Management, effective Sept. 1.

For Mukilteo residents transitioning to WM services, recycling will be more convenient through an all-in-one cart program. WM’s single stream recycling program allows residential customers to put all recyclables – cardboard, paper, metal cans, glass, and plastic bottles, jugs and tubs – in a single, larger curbside container.

For new customers, collection day will change from Wednesday to Thursday. Garbage and food/yard waste will be collected weekly. Recycling collection will be every other week. Residential recycling service is already provided every other week in other parts of the city.

New customers will receive carts from Waste Management the week of Aug. 19, while service will begin the week of Sept. 1. Those who are currently serviced by Rubatino should continue to use Rubatino containers through Wednesday, Aug. 28. After collection on Aug. 28, leave the empty Rubatino containers at the curb for Rubatino to remove, sometime in the next few days.

Existing Waste Management customers will continue to have garbage/recycling/yard waste pickup on Monday. For those existing customers who use their own garbage containers, a new WM garbage cart will be delivered the week of Aug. 19.

Additional benefits of the new Waste Management contract for all customers include:


• Free kitchen food scrap collection containers.

• Curbside recycling of cooking oil, large/small appliances, electronics, small propane

canisters, large scrap metal and clean wood scraps. Call ahead to schedule collection for larger materials. Charges apply for some items.

• Battery and light bulb recycling at City Hall.

• Spring cleanup every April.

• Billing will be quarterly.


Details are in packets that were mailed to residential customers. Additional information can be found at

For business and multifamily, recycling will be included with garbage service at no additional cost.


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