Waste Restrictions

Prohibited Items at County Facilities

The following wastes are not accepted for disposal or recycling at any Snohomish County facility:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
ItemContact
Air Conditioners
            
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
            
Asbestos
            
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
1 (800) 552-3565
            
Bio-Hazardous/ Medical Waste (All types)
            
Contact the Snohomish Health District, (425) 339-5250
           
            
Canisters and Tanks
            
Call your local scrap metal or compressed gas dealer for recycling options
            
Contaminated Soils
            
Disposed of in accordance with Snohomish Health District regulations, (425) 339-5250
            
Dehumidifiers
            
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
            
Electronics
            
E-Cycle Washington
1 (800) RECYCLE
Heat Pumps
            
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
            
Industrial Ash
            
Not accepted at county facilities
            
Liquid Waste
            
Not accepted at county facilities
            
Major Motor Vehicle ComponentsNot accepted at county facilities
           
            
Pharmaceutical Waste (Sharps/Needles)Sharps Disposal Locations 
Refrigerators/Freezers
            
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
            
Rodent-Infested Loads
            
Contact the Snohomish Health District, (425) 339-5250
            
Septage or Septic Tank Waste
            
Contact your local water or sewer district
            
    

Special Preparation Items

At the North County Recycling & Transfer Station and all Drop Boxes, all items must be less than six feet long or smaller than 25 square feet in area, except household sofas, appliances, mattresses, doors, carpets, and rugs.

The following wastes require special preparation and/or require Snohomish Health District clearance:                                                                                                                                                                                                         
ItemDisposal
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, and Rocks
            
Up to one full wheelbarrow accepted at Drop Boxes. Larger quantities accepted at Transfer Stations. County facilities accept these items as garbage only. For recycling options, visit the Department of Ecology website, or call their office at 1-800-732-9253
            
Canopies
            
Accepted as garbage. Metal canopies may be recycled in the scrap metal bin if they are flattened first
            
Contaminated Soils Not Designated as Hazardous Waste
            
Requires prior clearance from the Snohomish Health District,
call 425-339-5250
            
Dead Animals
            
10 pound maximum. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly
            
Fecal Matter
            
Pet manure only; human feces not accepted. 10 pound maximum. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly
            
Grease-Trap Solids
            
Solids only, 10 pounds or less. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly
            
Latex Paint
            
No liquid paint allowed. Open, dried out paint cans are accepted. Latex paint is also accepted if it's first mixed with a paint hardener or kitty litter to make the paint the texture of oatmeal. Latex paint is NOT accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility
            
Metal Containers
            
To recycle in scrap metal at no charge, containers must be clean, empty (dry), and open to allow full inspection of the interior. Containers that once held flammable liquids are not accepted at our Transfer Stations or Drop Boxes, but will be accepted at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility
            
Sewer Treatment Plant Screenings and Grit
            
Requires Snohomish Health District clearance, call 425-339-5250
            
Tires
            
Limit five tires per customer, per day, at regular garbage rates. Passenger car and pick up truck size only. Call 425-388-3425 for disposal options of larger loads
            
Yard Debris / Clean Wood Debris                                                                                                                                                                              
            
Wood and branches under 4 inches in diameter can be up to 10 feet in length. Over 4 inches in diameter can only be up to 4 feet in length. Stumps are accepted if they can be unloaded without staff assistance and must be 2 feet x 2 feet or smaller. Anything larger (up to 4x4) will be accepted as garbage at the regular garbage rate. Yard Debris / Clean Wood Debris is accepted ONLY at our Transfer Stations for a reduced rate. These items will be accepted as garbage at our Drop Boxes and charged regular garbage rates
             
Food scraps, pet waste, dirt, rocks or soil, and treated, painted, stained, burned, or laminated wood will not be accepted as yard debris / clean wood debris at any of our locations. However, these items will be accepted as garbage at all of our facilities and charged regular garbage rates