Seattle's Clear Alleys Program (CAP)Replaces dumpsters, creating cleaner, safer alleys!
Waste Management is the service provider for CAP in the Pioneer Square, International District and Columbia City neighborhoods.
The goals of the program are to:
- Create cleaner, safer business districts
- Reduce uncivil behaviors and illegal activities in alleys
- Increase the attractiveness of alleys for pedestrian use
- Allow better alley access for business services such as deliveries
- The City of Seattle has designated Pioneer Square, the International District and Columbia City as "Clear Alleys" Business Districts. Garbage and recycling containers can only be placed in public alleyways for restricted time periods.
Unless a business has available designated or private inside storage space, specially marked plastic bags are used for garbage and recycling, set out in alleys, and collected at least twice per day.
Special Clear Alleys garbage and recycling bags from Waste Management* can be set out three hours before a scheduled pick-up.
Waste Management will provide service every day, seven days a week, 24/7. Bags are collected at least twice a day in the Pioneer Square, International District and Columbia City neighborhoods.
Customers can purchase disposal tags for items that cannot easily fit in a Clear Alleys plastic bag. These tagged bulky items may also be set out 3 hours prior to collection.
Service Area Maps
Pioneer Square | International District | Columbia City
Collection Bag Pricing
Prices vary depending on the type of bag purchased. All collection bags are sold in rolls of 30. (Prices below effective April 1, 2017)
*Minimum bag order is $100
The Clear Alleys Program can be viewed online at the City of Seattle web site.
Please call Waste Management Seattle CAP Customer Service at (800) 963-4050 to set up your account and place your first order.
Order New Bags
Subsequent orders can be made online - Click Here.
In addition to bag costs commercial customers are charged a monthly service fee of $25.20 and multifamily customers are charged a monthly service fee of $37.40.
Participating is Simple
Use the special pre-paid color-coded bags ordered from Waste Management, for your garbage and recycling.
Once you receive your Clear Alley bags, line indoor containers with them.
Securely tie corners of bags (limit 60 lbs).
|Set out securely tied bags in your alley up to 3 hours before a scheduled pick-up. Flatten and bundle cardboard or put it inside a blue bag. Garbage bags are collected 3x per day, and recycle bags are collected 1x per day. Customers may also purchase disposal tags for bulky items that cannot easily fit inside a bag.|
Order more bags or
bulky item tags by calling
(800) 963-4050 or online at