Solid Waste Division
Matt Zybas, Solid Waste Director
- The final draft version of the 2013 Snohomish County Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan has been submitted to the Snohomish County Council for final review. After adoption by the County Council, the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) will have 45 days to review and approve the plan. View more details.
- Credit and debit cards are now accepted at Snohomish County Solid Waste facilities as payment for disposal fees. For more detailed information, see the updated Payment Acceptance Policy.
How are we doing?
The Solid Waste Division is committed to providing excellent customer service. Please tell us about your experience at our facilities. Call us at (425) 388-3425, Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to speak with a staff person. If you would like to leave a message on our comment hotline, call (425) 388-6664 or take a moment to fill out our survey.
Welcome to the Solid Waste Division
Government and private companies both play important roles in garbage, recycling, and hazardous waste programs in Snohomish County.
Generally a private hauler collects garbage from your curb and takes it to a county owned and operated transfer station. Or you might self-haul your garbage to a transfer station. There, the waste is compacted into shipping containers and delivered to the rail yard. A private company, under contract to the County, then transports the containers by train to a privately owned landfill in Klickitat County. (For more detailed information, see "Getting Down to Basics: Where Does Our Garbage Go?")
Ultimately, it is the County's goal to make certain that your garbage is disposed of safely and in an environmentally responsible way. It’s also the County's intent to assure the availability of recycling to all county citizens (urban, rural, residential, commercial, etc.)