FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
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How can I get curbside garbage pickup and disposal?

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What can I recycle?

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What and when is yard waste pickup?

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Where are waste disposal sites located and when are they open?

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What is accepted for garbage disposal at the transfer station and Quilcene Drop box?

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How do I report illegal dumping?

Call the Jefferson County Environmental Health Dept. 385-9444 or the Sheriff’s Office at 385-3831 to report illegal dumpsites. For other information and assistance on illegal dumping problems call Public Works at 385-9160.
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What are the Hazardous Waste Facility fees?
There is no charge for Jefferson County residents to dispose of household hazardous waste. Businesses that qualify as Conditionally Exempted Small Quantity Generators are charged a fee determined by a fee schedule.
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Where and how do I report a hazardous waste spill?
For emergency situations, call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 360-385-3831 or 1-800-552-0750, and follow the directions. You may also call 911 to report an emergency. For general information about hazardous materials, contact Jefferson County Emergency Management Division at http://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/jcdem/default.asp
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What do I do with batteries and contaminated gas?
The Moderate Risk Waste Facility in the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven accepts auto and marine batteries, and rechargeable Ni Cad and NiMH dry cell batteries. Old or contaminated gasoline is also accepted. Please call 360-385-9160 to schedule disposal of  15 gallons or more of old or contaminated fuel.
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What do I do with fluorescent light bulbs and tubes?
Fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, tanning lamps and some HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps contain mercury vapor and cannot be legally disposed of with regular trash.  Up to 10 mercury containing lights per person or business per day are accepted at:

Businesses (Conditionally Exempted Small Quantity Generators) disposing of intact mercury-containing lights can make an appointment to dispose of the lamps for a fee.  Please phone 360-385-9160.
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What do I do with latex paint?
Absorb equal parts of latex or waterborne paints with absorbent (kitty litter, sawdust, wood stove fuel pellets,…) Mix and let stand for 1 hour until no longer a free-running liquid.  Leave lids off of paint cans, and dispose with household trash.  (Curbside trash collectors limit trash can weight to 45 lbs.)

Watch King County’s ‘How To’ video

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What do I do with medical waste (“sharps”) and other medical waste?

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Who do I call for information?