Disposal, Recycling & Green Living

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JCPH Environmental Health Division would like to encourage you to think before you buy! The new term for this concept is "precycle." This will reduce the buildup of waste in landfills and can even save you money! Please check out the following links to find helpful information on recycling and proper disposal options for Jefferson County residents.

What's Recyclable In Jefferson County


Now accepting new plastics! Learn what is currently recyclable in Jefferson County for both Port Townsend curb-side bins and drop boxes throughout Jefferson County by viewing the Jefferson County Solid Waste website.

LightRecycle Washington


LightRecycle Washington is a program that allows individuals and businesses in Washington to recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day for free. You can recycle straight and curved fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and high intensity discharge lights (HIDs) at authorized LightRecycle collection sites.
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In Jefferson County, you can drop off your lights at the:
  • Recycling Center at the Transfer Station on South Jacob Miller Road, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 282 -10th Street in the Boat Haven on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 1st Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit the LightRecycle Washington website find a collection site near you.

A to Z Disposal


Check out this new comprehensive resource for donating, recycling or selling goods and materials that you don't want to put in the landfill. ‘Moving it On' (PDF) is an A to Z user-friendly guide that will help you find a place to take everything from Appliances to Yard Waste.

E-Cycle


Washington now has a free, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops and televisions. Please visit E-Cycle page to learn more about the E-Cycle program.

Reduce Your Junk Mail


More than 50% of junk mail is discarded - unread or unopened - totaling more than 4 million tons of waste each year (source: EPA). The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year, which is more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined. The Consumer Research Institute estimates that Americans spend 8 months over the course of their lifetime opening junk mail.

Pharmaceutical Wastes


What do you do with your expired or unneeded prescription drugs? Do not put these wastes in the toilet or down the drain! These chemicals have proven to be very harmful to human health as well as fish and aquatic life. View the Prescription Drug Disposal Flier (PDF) for details on how to dispose of your pharmaceutical waste in Jefferson County. Visit the Department of Ecology website to learn more on how to manage your pharmaceutical waste safely.

Syringe Disposal


Disposal of syringes, needles and lancets is regulated. These items are called "sharps." They can carry hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other germs that cause disease. Tossing them into the trash or flushing them down the toilet can pose health risks for others. Regulations governing disposal of sharps protect garbage and other utility workers and the general public from needle sticks and illness.

Please visit the syringe disposal page to learn proper disposal options for Jefferson County residents.

Solid Waste Facilities


Residential curbside collection and commercial garbage pickup is available throughout Jefferson County. Visit the Jefferson County Solid Waste website for information about rates and schedules.

Tire Recycling

Green Alternatives for Household/Lawn & Garden


The Washington State Department of Ecology provides extensive information about green alternatives to dangerous chemicals used in households and on lawns and gardens. They provide resources for a safer and healthier home, school, workplace, and community on their website.