Our transfer stations and Neighborhood Recycling & Disposal Centers (NRDCs) are designed to accept a wide range of materials. However, there are legal, physical and safety reasons why some materials are not accepted.
This list includes items which are not accepted at Snohomish County’s solid waste facilities. Also listed are items which are accepted at the facilities, but require special preparation or recycling.
Not Accepted at County Facilities
The following wastes are NOT ACCEPTED for disposal or recycling at County facilities.
- Asbestos and Material Containing Asbestos. For disposal alternatives, call Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, 1-800-552-3565 or visit www.pscleanair.org.
- Canisters and Tanks. Pressurized canisters and tanks, including oxygen and welding fuel tanks, are not accepted at any County facility. Call your local scrap metal or compressed gas dealer for recycling options.
- Contaminated Soils that Designate as a Hazardous Waste. Must be disposed of in accordance with Health District regulations.
- Electronics. Computer monitors, televisions, computers, cell phones, separated circuit boards and any other device with cathode ray tubes are not accepted as garbage or for recycling at County facilities. (Call 1-800-RECYCLE or visit the Department of Ecology interactive website for locations).
- Household Hazardous Waste and Business Generated Hazardous Waste are accepted only at the Snohomish County Haz Waste Drop-Off Station.
- Industrial Ash. Not accepted at County facilities.
- Liquid Waste. No liquid waste accepted. Contact the Haz Waste Drop-Off Station for disposal options.
- Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, and Dehumidifiers. Federal regulations require special processing of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). (view county brochure) (view PUD refrigerator/freezer recycling program info)
- Rodent-Infested Loads. It is County policy to notify the Snohomish Health District of any rodent-infested loads that arrive at County facilities.
- Septage or Septic Tank Waste. Contact your local water or sewer district.
- Sharps, Radioactive and All Biohazardous Waste (includes veterinary waste). For alternative disposal options contact the Snohomish Health District, 425-339-5250, or the Solid Waste Division, 425-388-3425, press 0.
- Wastes Identified in SCC 7.41.050. View SCC 7.41.050” in the county code for types of wastes that are unacceptable.
Require Special Preparation or Recycling
The following wastes require special preparation and/or require Snohomish Health District clearance (where indicated). At the North County Recycling and Transfer Station and all Neighborhood Recycling and Disposal Centers, all items must be LESS THAN SIX (6) FEET LONG or smaller than 25 SQUARE FEET in area, except yard debris, household sofas, appliances, mattresses, doors, carpets and rugs.
- Ash. Must be cold and double-bagged. Ash in barrels must be inspected by facility staff prior to disposal. Industrial ash is not accepted.
- Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Dirt, Sod, Sand, Gravel, Rocks. Up to one full wheelbarrow accepted at NRDCs. Larger quantities accepted at transfer stations. For recycling options, call 425-388-3425, press 0.
- Boats on Trailers. Accepted only at the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station and Southwest Recycling and Transfer Station with six hours advance notice.
- Canopies. Accepted as garbage. Metal canopies recyclable in the scrap metal bin only if flattened.
- Contaminated Soils Not Designated as a Hazardous Waste. Requires prior clearance from the Snohomish Health District. Call 425-339-5250.
- Dead Animals. 10 lb. maximum. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly.
- Fecal Matter. Pet manure only; human feces not accepted. 10 lb. maximum. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly.
- Grease-trap Solids. Solids only, 10 lbs. or less. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly.
- Latex Paint. No liquid paint allowed. Open, dried out cans accepted.
- Metal Containers. To recycle in scrap metal at no fee, containers must be clean, empty (dry), and open to allow full inspection of the interior. Containers used to hold flammable liquids are not accepted.
- Sewer Treatment Plant Screenings and Grit. Requires Snohomish Health District clearance, 425-339-5250.
- Tires. Limit five tires per load. Passenger car and pick up truck size only. Call 425-388-3425, press “0” for disposal options of larger loads.
- Yard Debris/Wood Debris Recycling. Lumber or yard debris only. No painted or treated wood. No plastic bags. Stumps accepted if moveable without staff assistance. 10-foot length limit at the North County Recycling and Transfer Station. Recyclable at Transfer Stations only ($45/ton; $11 min. up to 500 lbs.). Garbage rates apply at NRDCs.
Accepted for Recycling Only
The following wastes are not accepted for disposal as garbage but may be recycled at County facilities:
- Automotive Motor Oil and Antifreeze. No more than 10 gallons per load accepted from households only. Do not mix! Quantities over 10 gallons must be taken to the Haz Waste Drop-Off Station for recycling. Call the Drop-Off Station for business waste oil recycling or disposal information (425-388-6050).
- Fluorescent Tubes, High Intensity Discharge Lamps (HIDs) and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.
- Businesses: No business fluorescents or HID’s are accepted at transfer stations or NRDCs. Call the Haz Waste Drop-Off Station to make an appointment to recycle them. Non-hazardous lamps may be taken to facilities but require prior testing, special preparation, and clearance by the Snohomish Health District (425-339-5250).
- Households: No more than a combined total of 12 household fluorescents or HIDs per load are accepted for recycling. Fluorescents and HIDs should be separated from other garbage and delivered in original containers, or be wrapped or bagged to reduce the risk of breakage while in transit. Do not tape bulbs together. Pre-1980 light ballasts, capacitors and mercury switches should be taken to the Haz Waste Drop-Off Station.
- Oil Filters. Filters are not accepted in regular garbage, but households can recycle them at all Solid Waste facilities. Businesses can contact the Haz Waste Drop-Off Station.
- Propane Tanks. A maximum of three residential 10 gallon BBQ size propane canisters are accepted. Propane retailers generally will accept larger tanks for a fee.
Cover your load! It’s the law and helps keep our roads clean and safe. Unsecured load fees ($5 or $10) will be charged. To ensure adequate processing time, please be at transfer stations or NRDCs at least 1/2 hour before closing time. Customers are responsible for unloading their own vehicles.
Safety rules: The following safety rules will be enforced:
- No bare feet
- No alcohol
- No smoking
- No cell phone use
- No roughhousing
- No animals out of vehicles
- No children (under 12) out of vehicles
- No rodent-infested loads