A-Z Disposal Info
The Recycling flyer has information on recycling cardboard, glass, metal cans, paper, and plastic.
The Hazardous Waste page has information on disposing of hazardous waste.
Aerosol spray cans
Are trash if empty. Otherwise, hazardous waste.
Dispose of up to 5 gallons/day/per customer at Disposal Facilities.
- Used – Pour into designated drums at Transfer Station/Recycle Center or Quilcene Drop Box.
- Contaminated with oils, solvents, gas, etc. – Visit Hazardous Waste page for where and when to dispose of these.
If working may be accepted at Habitat for Humanity or Waste not Want Not. Call first.
- Refrigerating – Air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators. Transfer Station or Quilcene Drop Box. Fees apply.
- Other – Washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, etc. Transfer Station or Quilcene Drop Box. Fees apply.
Jefferson County does not accept asbestos-containing materials. Disposal options elsewhere: Kitsap County – Olympic View Transfer Station 360-674-2297; or Clallam County – Waste Connections Inc. 800-422-7854.
- Alkaline – Risk of fire unless completely discharged. Cover terminals with tape or put each battery in a separate plastic bag. Dispose in trash
- Automotive – Free recycling at auto parts stores (check first.) Otherwise, dispose of at Transfer Station or Quilcene Drop Box, fees apply.
- Rechargeable, Lithium, Button Cell (Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Lithium (disposable) or Lithium-Ion (rechargeable), Small sealed lead-acid. Risk of fire, cover terminals with tape or put each battery in a separate plastic bag. Recycle at Public Works Office, Environmental Health.
- Button Cell – Alkaline hearing aid batteries can go in trash. Other button cell batteries recycle at Public Works Office, Environmental Health Office, or Environmental Centers at Transfer Station or Quilcene Drop Box.
Recycle at Public Works Office and Environmental Health Office.
Compressed gas bottles
- E-Cycle Washington eligible electronics are computers (desktop & laptop,) monitors, TVs, tablets, e-readers, and portable DVD players. Drop-off under the canopy at the front of the Transfer Station Recycling building. Ring buzzer for attendant. Goodwill accepts if told it’s for E-Cycle Washington program.
- Visit 1-800-Recycle for where to recycle items not eligible for E-Cycle Washington.
(unexploded) – Wet thoroughly, wrap in plastic and seal so will not dry out and dispose in regular trash.
Help reduce the volume of solid waste going to the landfill by composting your food waste. Learn more about backyard composting and its benefits.
Gasoline, Diesel, White Gas, Kerosene, Heating Oil, Fuels-Mixed, and Liquid Paraffin, visit Hazardous Waste page for where and when to dispose of these.
Anything labeled with “Danger” or “Warning” is hazardous and should not go in regular garbage. Listed below are just some of the types of household hazardous waste accepted by our Hazardous Waste program.
- Acids – various kinds
- Alkalines – various kinds
- Automotive products
- Corrosives – acid and alkaline
- Flammable liquids
- Herbicides – all types
- Lawn and garden chemicals
- Mercury, elemental
- Personal care products – Hair color, hair spray, nail polish & remover.
- Pesticides – all types
- Photographic chemicals
- Poisonous liquids
- Pool chemicals
- Refrigerant – includes disposable recharging cylinders and recovery cylinders
- Roofing Cement or Roofing Compound
- Solvents (i.e. wood preservatives)
- Tung Oil (combustible liquid)
- Turpentine (combustible liquid)
- Wood Preservatives
- Incandescent, halogen and LED go in regular trash.
- Fluorescent and HID lights (Straight tubes, “U”, Circular, and CFL) – Recycle up to 10 per day in designated recycling area at the Transfer Station and Quilcene Drop Box.
- Ballasts – Regular trash if marked “No PCBs” or a date of 1979 or after. Ballasts without such markings are assumed to contain PCBs and are accepted as Hazardous Waste; SQG Fees apply.
Medicines and medical items
Never dump medications down the sink, toilet or other drain.
- Prescription pills/capsules – Dropbox in Sheriff’s Office lobby for free disposal during open business hours. Prescription pills/capsules only. NO syringes or liquids. See flyer for more info.
- Medications, Liquids and Over the Counter – Prescription and non-prescription pills and liquids can be disposed of in regular trash after made inedible as follows: 1. Empty pills into a baggie and partially dissolve in a small amount of water. 2. Add soil, kitty litter or other inedible material. Discard mixture and original container(s) in household trash.
- Syringes & Sharps – Visit Jefferson County Public Health’s Home Syringe Disposal page. Or drop off at the collection bins at the Recycling Center at the Transfer Station or Quilcene Rural Drop Box (ask attendent).
- Motor oil – used and unmixed – Up to 5 gallons/day/per customer at Transfer Station or Quilcene Drop Box. Pour into designated drums or tanks at the Transfer Station/Recycle Center and Quilcene Drop Box. Also at the Port of Port Townsend for moorage tenants. All free disposal sites.
- Motor oil – contaminated with water, gas, solvents, etc. – visit the Hazardous Waste page for where and when to dispose of these.
- Oil filters – drain for at least 24 hrs. and dispose of as trash.
Paints, stains, solvents, and caulking
Never dispose of in sink, toilet, or other drain. Full cans of acrylic/latex paint may be accepted at Waste Not Want Not. Call first.
- Water-based paint (latex) and stain – Bring to household waste collection events or dispose in regular garbage AFTER doing the following. 1. Mix equal parts paint and absorbent material such as cat litter, wood pellets, sawdust, and concrete mix. 2. Stir till an oatmeal-like consistency and then let sit for an hour. 3. With lid removed, dispose of the thickened, non-pourable paint or stain with regular household trash.
- Oil-based paint, stains, and solvents – visit the Hazardous Waste page for where and when to dispose of these.
- Caulking – Latex or acrylic caulk not labeled with “Danger” or “Warning” is regular trash. For caulking, sealant and adhesive caulk tubes labeled “Flammable,” “Danger,” or “Warning.” visit the Hazardous Waste page for where and when to dispose of these.
- 1-lb disposable – go in trash if empty otherwise, visit the Hazardous Waste page for where and when to dispose of these.
- Refillable bottles – take to Peninsula Recycling at 4711 S Discovery Rd. or to the Transfer Station (fees apply)
Safe to put in the trash.
The volunteer group Port Townsend StyroCyclers runs a Styrofoam recycling program in East Jefferson County. They collect Styrofoam that is white, rigid, clean, and free of labels, tape, cardboard, or paper. To schedule a Styrofoam pickup or delivery, email PTStyroCyclers@gmail.com or message them on Facebook facebook.com/PortTownsendStyrofoam.
Up to five accepted with or without rims at the Transfer Station and Quilcene DropBox. If more than five contact SW Operations Coordinator first at 360-385-9160. Disposal fees apply. Alternative disposal options are listed on this page.