City Briefs


Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center Service changes begin

Starting Monday, May 4, the City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management is making the following changes to services at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center (3510 S. Mullen St.):

  • City of Tacoma residential and commercial customers with garbage loads will be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only. 
  • City of Tacoma residential customers with yard waste loads will be accepted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only. 
  • Essential commercial garbage loads, as defined by the Governor’s order and in excess of 1,000 lbs., are still being accepted seven days a week.

These changes will be in effect until further notice. Hours of operation for the entire facility will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All customers must maintain social distancing requirements at all times and all payments should be made by credit card. Residential customers must have an active solid waste residential collection account serviced by the City.  

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is still open Fridays through Mondays from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, and is closed Tuesdays through Thursdays. For more information, including a full list of acceptable household hazardous waste items, isit The Recycle Center, EnviroHouse, and Solid Waste front office lobby will remain closed until further notice.  

If solid waste customers have items that cannot be placed in their collection containers, they can call (253) 502-2100 in advance to request service changes or additional pick-ups. Also, curbside Call-2-Haul services are still available, but there could be delays in collection service due to demand.

Customers that do not reside within the city of Tacoma can visit or call (253) 847-7555 for more information about transfer stations outside of Tacoma.

Residents will be notified of schedule changes on the Recycle Coach app, and information will be posted on or customers can call (253) 502-2100 for more information.

TAGRO facility resumes services with modified hours

The City of Tacoma’s TAGRO facility located at the Central Treatment Plant (2301 Cleveland Way, Gate 6) has resumed service to residential customers with modified services and hours. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAGRO had been servicing residential customers through delivery services only.  

TAGRO has resumed service to both residential and commercial customers on a modified basis. Hours of operation will be between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility will close from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday to accommodate staff shift changes. The TAGRO office will remain closed to the public. 

The self-load piles will remain closed until further notice. This includes both the “free pile” and the self-load potting soil carts. All customers must maintain social distancing requirements at all times, and all payments should be made by credit card.

Any customers who currently have a delivery scheduled and who would now prefer to pick up their products at the facility should call (253) 502-2150 to cancel their order.

TAGRO will continue to monitor the situation and will update customers of any changes at and through the TAGRO newsletter. To sign-up for the newsletter and receive updates, text TAGRO to 22828. All questions and delivery requests can be directed to (253) 502-2150.

Tacoma Municipal Building exterior assessment starts this month  

Beginning the week of May 4, the City of Tacoma’s Public Works Department will be working with a consultant team to perform a condition assessment of the exterior facades of the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St.).  

The project is anticipated to take eight weeks and will be performed during the day on weekdays and potentially weekends. Work is weather dependent, and rescheduling may be required. During this time, portions of the sidewalk around the building will be closed to pedestrian traffic and will be marked accordingly with detours in place. 

This work is essential to determine the current condition of the building exterior for general safety and structural integrity. The assessment team will utilize a suspended scaffolding system to inspect the exterior facades of the building and stabilize potentially unsafe conditions to avoid future damage. The results will be used to define necessary refurbishments and develop options for cleaning. The assessment team will follow jobsite best practices as issued by the Associated General Contractors of Washington and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19. 

For more information, contact Facilities Architect Stephen Kruger at or call (253) 591-5297.

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