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Our Story

Recology CleanScapes' History

Recology CleanScapes began operations in October 1997 (as CleanScapes) providing exterior cleaning and maintenance for Seattle's Historic Pioneer Square District. In October 2011, CleanScapes merged with San Francisco-based and employee-owned Recology in order to enhance our waste zero capacity. Recology is a 90-year old company, a pioneer in waste reduction and recovery, and one of the largest operators of material recovery and organics processing facilitates in the western United States.

Our Mission

Recology companies operate in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington coordinating dozens of recycling programs to recover a variety of materials. Recology programs have been replicated throughout the country and serve as a national model for resource recovery initiatives. We are:

Locally, Recology CleanScapes serves the cities of Bothell, Burien, Carnation, Des Moines, Issaquah, Maple Valley, SeaTac, Seattle and Shoreline.

Our Vision

Recology sees a world without wasteTM

Recology, an employee-owned company, sees a world without waste, where resources are used and re-used in a sustainable ecosystem that strives for their best and highest use.

Our Mission

Recology builds exceptional resource ecosystemsTM

Recology is a company dedicated to building exceptional resource ecosystems that protect the environment and sustain our communities. We strive for the best and highest use of all resources.

Our Commitment

WASTE ZERO is our rallying cry to make the best and highest use of all resources. Our commitments are to provide first-class customer service, to positively contribute to the quality of life within the communities we serve and to reduce our negative impacts on the environment. Our achievements are driven by our awareness of the impact on our children, the communities we serve and the planet we all share.



Proud to be a 100% employee-owned company

Recology is 100 percent owned by the Recology Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and not by any outside investors.

Recology is the largest employee-owned company in the industry and has been honored multiple times by the national Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association for the quality of its ownership program and its positive impact on corporate performance.

The Recology ESOP makes it easy for Recology to focus on providing long-term, sustainable solutions to our customers. It strengthens teamwork and collaboration by tying employees' performance to the overall success of the company.