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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.
As part of the Clear Alleys Program, Waste Management offers this dumpster free service to commercial and multifamily customers in Seattle's Pioneer Square, International District and Columbia City neighborhoods.

Seattle CAP How it Works

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.

Pre-paid Bags

Special Clear Alleys garbage and recycling bags from Waste Management* can be set out three hours before a scheduled pick-up.

Frequent Collection

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.

Bulky Items

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

All collection bags are sold in rolls of 30. Minimum bag order is $100.00 (or one roll of bags).

(Prices below effective April 1, 2018)

Commercial &
Garbage Bag*
Green 33-gallon
Green 15-gallon
$7.00 per bag / $210.00 per roll
$4.90 per bag / $147.00 per roll
Recycle Bag*
Yellow 33-gallon $4.90 per bag / $147.00 per roll
Recycle Bag
Blue 33-gallon
Blue 15-gallon
Included with purchase of
garbage bags
Bulky Items Tags Sticker
(sold in packs of 5)
$35.00 per pack

*Minimum bag order is $100.00

The Clear Alleys Program can be viewed online at the City of Seattle web site.

Seattle CAP How to Start

First Order?

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 $27.50 and multifamily customers are charged a monthly service fee of $40.85.

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 - Click Here

Seattle CAP Before Seattle CAP After

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Order New Bags

Program Guidelines

Seattle Cap - Brochure




Seattle CAP - Pioneer Square Map

Map - Pioneer Square

Seattle CAP - International District Map

Map - International District

Seattle CAP - Columbia City Map

Map - Columbia City
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