Jefferson County Solid Waste

The Truth about Recycling

Watch the eye-opening video, Is Recycling Worth It Anymore? The Truth Is Complicated. to find out the truth about recycling. 

COVID–19 updates

Port Townsend Transfer Station and Quilcene Drop Box are open on their normal schedules. Please note the following:

  • We are not accepting loads from outside of Jefferson County.
  • Expect longer wait times at the Transfer Station
  • Masks are required for the safety of customers and staff.
  • Stay at least 6 ft. away from others as you unload garbage, recycling, or yard waste.
  • Be patient and stay in your vehicle while waiting at our scales.
  • Stay home if you or members of your household are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. For COVID-19 information visit Public Health’s COVID_19 page.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open on its normal schedule: Fridays & 1st Saturday each month, 10 AM – Noon and 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM.  Masks are required as is social distancing. For large loads schedule an appointment by calling 360-379-6911 (Mon. – Thurs.) or 360-385-9160.


Paint Recycling – The Department of Ecology has contracted with the organization PaintCare to establish collection points for unused oil-based and latex paints where those products are sold. The program was launched on April 1st with a single collection point at Peninsula Paint Center located at 315 Decatur St., Port Townsend.

The PaintCare program is independent of Jefferson County’s Moderate Risk Waste Program which will continue to collect oil-based paints only at the Moderate Risk Waste Facility located in the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven.

For questions about the PaintCare program or to find a retail collection point please visit: https://www.paintcare.org/states/washington/ or phone (360) 450-1639.

PaintCare Washington Launch Press Release.


2020 Recycle Flyer – Find out what can and can’t be recycled in Jefferson County. Check out the back of the flyer for drop-off locations and hours of operation, as well as information about why some things can’t be recycled.

Recycling videos – Get answers to common recycling questions and learn about contaminants.

Secure your Load – it’s the law Tips for Secured Loads from Washington State Department of Ecology. Secure Your Load a video from Washington State Patrol (WSP) Good to Know.