Hazardous Waste

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Fridays:  10 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.


Household Hazardous Waste

Building 19, Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven

Haines St. entrance (near Safeway); 1st left, facility on left

Questions: Jefferson County Public Works, (360) 385-9160. Learn about non-toxic alternatives to common hazardous materials at ecocycle.org.

Hazardous materials have the ability to harm people or the environment. “Moderate risk waste” includes left over or unwanted hazardous materials from households and businesses, and commonly include:

  • Pesticides
  • Oil-based paints, stains and solvents
  • Used oils and antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Mercury-bearing fluoresceent and “high intensity discharge” lamps
  • Corrosive materials
  • Spa and hobby chemicals

Additional Disposal Locations for Oil and Antifreeze.

List of Materials Accepted at the MRW

Acceptable Materials Non-Acceptable Materials
Adhesives, Roofing Cements Ammunition
Aerosol sprays Asbestos
Antifreeze Bilge Water
Automotive Products, auto batteries Biological Waste
Mercury thermometers Cooking Oils
CESQG (Business) waste with prior approval Dioxin bearing materials
Contaminated Bilge Water Drug Lab Waste
Contaminated motor oil Dry Cell Batteries (Alkaline/Lithium)
Corrosives, such as rust removers (Acid & Alkaline) Empty (dried out) containers
Dry cell batteries, rechargeable NiCad/NiMH Explosives
Fluorescent light ballasts and tubes Electronics (Computers, TV’s, Etc.)
Gasoline, White Gas, Diesel, Kerosene other fuels Latex paint or caulking/sealing products
Lawn and Garden chemicals Medications
Non-County waste with prior approval Radioactive wastes
Oil-based paint, Stains, Varnishes & related products Reactive waste
Photographic chemicals Regulated Small or Large
Quantity Generator waste
of any kind
Pool chemicals Sharps (Needles)
Small Propane (Liquid Gas) Bottles  
Wood Preservatives


Residents of Jefferson County — No charge
Businesses in Jefferson County – A Fee Schedule applies to businesses qualifying as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators. (CESQG)


Since 1995, the MRW facility has provided a local, convenient way for Jefferson County residents to properly dispose of household hazardous waste. Improper disposal includes dumping products into waters, sewers, trash containers, burial or open burning.

Moderate risk wastes (MRW) are common house and garden cleaners, chemicals, and auto products that may be hazardous to store and dangerous to you, your family, and the environment. MRW is either flammable, corrosive, reactive, toxic, or a combination of these characteristics. In general, any product labeled with the words Caution, Warning, Danger, Toxic, or Poison can be considered hazardous. Disposal of this type of waste in your garbage is prohibited by State and County regulations.

The MRW facility diverts usable products in good condition to a Material Reuse Program available to the public, so be sure to check this source before buying at the store particularly if you only need a small quantity.