Recycling

Many normal household waste items can be recycled. When residents separate their recyclables and put them in the appropriate containers at the convenience centers, this accomplishes several important things. 

First, it reduces the amount of waste going into landfills, which helps preserve the environment. Second, it helps offset the cost of solid waste operations because the county isn't paying landfill tipping fees and it's bringing in revenue from selling the recyclables. This helps keep your taxes low. 

The Washington County Solid Waste Department salutes residents who participate in recycling.

Residents may be surprised at how many different items can be recycled. They include everything listed below. The following items will be accepted at most of the centers, but please call ahead to confirm, and for operating times.

MIXED PAPER...................Bagged or bundled 
(magazines, newspaper, junk mail)
ALUMINUM I....................Clean drink cans
ALUMINUM II...................Foil, wire, pots, pans
USED OIL.........................Limit 5 gallon per day
GLASS BOTTLES & JARS...Clear or brown (separated)
PLASTIC #1.....................Soft drink bottles
PLASTIC #2.....................Water, milk, detergent jugs
CARDBOARD....................Corrugated cartons
(cereal & shoe boxes)
BATTERIES......................Automotive
COPPER...........................Radiators, electrical wire
BRASS.............................Faucets & drain traps
STEEL & IRON..................Auto & machinery parts
(appliances, cans, galvanized roofing,stainless steel)
ANTIFREEZE....................In closed containers
PAINT.............................All types
 
Note: Please sort items before you arrive at the Convenience Center. Rinse containers and remove lids. No hazardous materials or commercial waste will be accepted.

 

Beginning July 1st the Washington County Convenience Centers will start accepting clothing and linen to be recycled.  There will be special boxes at each of the centers with new signage.  Linen, clothing, shoes, belts and purses can be recycled in these boxes.  Items cannot be wet or mildewed.  If you have questions you may ask the attendants at the centers or contact the Solid Waste Director at 423-753-1652.