Jefferson County Solid Waste

Solid Waste Facilities COVID–19 Alert

The Port Townsend Transfer Station and Quilcene Dropbox are currently open and accepting garbage. Wait times will be longer than usual as we create more space between customers on the tipping floor.

We ask the public to postpone trips to the transfer station, if possible. Rather than bringing in a small load, wait until you have a larger load to reduce trips and wait times.

Instead of self-hauling to the transfer station, please consider signing up for waste services with the County’s certificated hauler, Waste Connections. Phone: 360-385-6612 or 1-800-422-7854. Website

We do not accept loads that originate outside of Jefferson County.

Social distancing and customer service safety

If you must still visit the transfer station, we ask you to do the following:

  • Practice social/physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
  • Stay in your vehicle while waiting at our scales.
  • Pay with a card rather than cash.
  • Be patient, as you should expect longer wait times.

Please do not visit our facilities if you or members of your household are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

For questions about COVID-19, visit the Public Health website:

Thank you for your patience during this rapidly evolving situation.

HHW/MRW Facility closed through Friday, April 24, 2020
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, located at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven, will be closed through Friday, April 24, 2020.

March 26 SWAC Meeting Cancelled
The regular SWAC meeting scheduled for March 26, 2020 has been cancelled.

Quilcene HHW Collection Event Postponed
The event scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Jefferson County Quilcene Road Shop has been postponed until further notice.

2020 recycling flyer

Updated hours and locations.

New! Recycling videos

Get answers to common recycling questions and learn about contaminants.

Blue is Recycling, Red is Garbage
(by Commissioner Brotherton and Tracy & David Grisman)

Do you know what to recycle?
(by Commissioner Brotherton and Laura Tucker, Jefferson County Environmental Educator)

Secure your Load – it’s the law

Tips for Secured Loads – Washington State Department of Ecology
Secure Your Load – a video from Washington State Patrol (WSP) Good to Know