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SEA Tenant Recycling Information

Tenant Resources

The SEA Environment and Sustainability Department is here to support tenants with recycling and waste disposal compliance. Explore the options below for recycling guidance and resources. If you have questions regarding the Recycling and Waste Reduction Program email the SEA Environment and Sustainability Department at

What Tenants Can Recycle at SEA

Below are some common waste items at SEA.

Comprehensive lists of recyclable and compostable materials can be found at,, and

Recyclables must be clean, dry, and empty.

Examples of materials that can be recycled at SEA:

Paper Plastic Metal Glass
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Office paper, including windowed envelopes and file folders
  • Mail, magazines, mixed paper
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)
  • Cartons
  • Bottles (all colors and numbers)
  • Food containers and trays
  • Clear or colored plastic milk jugs
  • Dairy tubs
  • Plastic cups
  • Lids (3 inches or wider)
  • Plastic buckets
  • PVC pipe (white only)
  • Household rigid plastic items such as furniture and laundry baskets
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil & pie tins (clean)
  • Tin cans
  • Ferrous scrap metal
  • Other scrap metals (smaller than 2’ x 2’ x 2’)
  • Bottles
  • Jars







Other Recyclable Materials

Below are additional materials that tenants may need to recycle. Some of these materials can be recycled on site, however some may need to be taken to an offsite facility.

Onsite Recyclables (available at SEA to tenants)

  • Metal: Steel, rebar, aluminum, wire and other metal items can be dropped off at the green dumpster on the service tunnel load dock OR Air Cargo 1 and 4. 
  • Wood: Pallets and untreated or non-painted lumber can be dropped off at Air Cargo 1 and 4. 
  • Used cooking oil: Waste cooking oil can be dropped off at the oil collection tanks on the load docks at Concourse A and North and South Satellites, and in Central Terminal trash rooms (ramp level). A tutorial of how to properly dispose of cooking oil can be found here.

Offsite Recyclables (tenant responsibility)

  • Large bulky items: For management of large or bulky items contact the SEA Environment and Sustainability Department at (206) 787-5525.
  • Appliances: Appliances can be taken to the Bow Lake Transfer Station
  • Electronics: For information on recycling computers, laptops, televisions, etc., visit
  • Light bulbs and tubes: For information on recycling fluorescent light fixtures visit
  • Chemicals: For information on disposing chemical like paint and cleaners visit or call (206) 787-5525

SEA Recycling and Waste Disposal Map

Explore the map below to find the recycling and waste collection areas located throughout the central terminal.

SEA terminal map

Food Donation Program

Food donation program flyer image

SEA’s Food Donation Program is operated in partnership with the Des Moines Area Food Bank. We encourage all food service and food generating tenants to participate.

Program details and participation guidance can be found here.

Free SEA Recycling Educational Materials 

The following educational materials and services are free and available to all airport employees and tenants upon request. To request materials email the SEA Environment and Sustainability Department at

Posters and brochures

Three-stream waste poster

Labels and decals

Three-stream waste decals and labels

Collection bins and lids

  • Color Options: Black (Trash), Blue (Recycling), and Green (Food + Compostables).
  • Size Options: 7, 10, or 23 gallons (pictured below are the 23 gallon bins)

Recycling, compost and trash bins

Recycling and Food Service Ware Requirements

All SEA airport food service tenants are required to comply with Section 5 of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Schedule of Rules and Requirements and the recycling requirements outlined in their lease agreements, including:

  • Properly sorting waste into designated bins

  • Collecting waste in clearly labeled bins

  • Use durable, compostable, or recyclable food service wares

Recycling rules and requirements flyer

Contractor Guidance for Construction Waste

Construction contractors must follow Port Construction Waste Management requirements (See Section 01 74 19, pg. 212).

Additionally, construction contractors are required to comply with King County regulations regarding both recyclable and non-recyclable construction and demolition waste. A list of designated C&D facilities and operating hours can be found here.


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