Current Alerts

  • QUILCENE DROP BOX IS OPEN! 7/12/24 9:00AM Staff have fixed the technical issues and we are now back up and running! We understand the impacts an unexpected closure like this has on the community and do not take it lightly. We appreciate the understanding and support while we strive to provide the best service we can with the resources available. 7/11/24: Due to technical difficulties, the Quilcene Drop Box is not open Thursday 7/11/24. This includes the recycle area. Staff are working hard to fix the issue. We are unsure if we will be able to open Friday, but will update here as soon as we know more information. We apologize for this unexpected inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
  • Can’t wait for the next HHW Collection Event? Through a new agreement between Jefferson and Kitsap Counties, Jefferson County residents can now dispose of household hazardous waste at the Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Visit our Household Hazardous Waste page for more details!
  • “How Big Business Broke Recycling (and Blamed You)” – PBS Terra   Watch this short 10 minute video from PBS Terra.  It reflects Jefferson County Solid Waste’s experience with recycling. Share the video with your friends. Education is the first step to meaningful change. 
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events *2024 Dates*  Visit our Hazardous Waste page for details or click the flyer for the downloadable PDF.

Solid Waste Facility Replacement Planning Project

Your thoughts are important. We will use this website, along with in-person activities, to earnestly ask for your opinions on choices. As the planning proceeds, we will ask you for your thoughts on the Feedback. You will also be able to follow the work of the Solid Waste Facilities Task Force or SWFTF as it participates and contributes to the planning process.

Facilities & Hours

Transfer Station

Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste

Drop Box

Household Garbage and Recycling. NO yard waste or construction materials (lumber, roofing, etc.)

Compost Facility

Purchase Compost


We strive to provide our customers with as many disposal options as possible at the Transfer Station outside of Port Townsend or the Drop Box in Quilcene.  In fact, our service level is the same or better than King County and  Seattle.  The City of Port Townsend’s composting facility is located just past the tipping floor at the Transfer Station making yard debris disposal convenient as well.   Please click on the icons to the right to find out about your disposal options.



Hazardous Waste

Yard Waste/Compost


Just about every type of material – from regular household garbage to construction debris to used oil and antifreeze to even creosote pilings – can be disposed of at the Transfer Station.  Click below for Frequently Asked Questions.


About Us

Jefferson County Public Works manages the county-wide solid waste program. As required by the State, solid waste operations must be financially self-sustaining. The program is funded by tipping fees charged for disposal at sites in Port Townsend and Quilcene with a relatively small portion through grants from the Department of Ecology. Levels of service must be balanced with the goal of maintaining current tipping fees.