No Plastic or Glass

Due to circumstances beyond our control, no plastic or glass will be accepted for recycling until further notice. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

Effects of 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 in the following. The following items will be accepted at most of the centers, but please call ahead to confirm, and for operating times.

Accepted Items

  • Aluminum I:Clean Drink Cans
  • Aluminum II: Foil, Wire, Pots, Pans
  • Antifreeze: In Closed Containers
  • Batteries: Automotive
  • Brass: Faucets and Drain Traps
  • Cardboard: Corrugated Cartons (Cereal and Shoe Boxes)
  • Copper: Radiators, Electrical Wire
  • Glass Bottles and Jars: Clear or Brown (Separated)
  • Mixed Paper: Bagged or Bundled (Magazines, Newspaper, Junk Mail)Recycle Textiles, Clothing, Linens, Shoes, Belts, Purses, No Wet or Mildewed Items
  • Paint: All Types
  • Plastic Number 1: Soft Drink Bottles
  • Plastic Number 2: Water, Milk, Detergent Jugs
  • Steel and Iron: Auto and Machinery Parts (Appliances, Cans, Galvanized Roofing, Stainless Steel)
  • Used Oil: Limit 5 Gallon Per Day

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.

Clothing & Linens

Recycled CardboardBeginning 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 for:

  • Belts
  • Clothing
  • Linen
  • Purses
  • Shoes

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.