Where to Recycle
This information will assist you with handling and disposing of hazardous wastes and aid you in recycling materials typically found in and around your home.
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- Batteries (NI-CD)
- Batteries (Auto)
- Cell Phones
- Fluorescent Bulbs
- Motor Oil
- Paint Products
- Plastics PETE#1 & HDPE#2
- Plastic Bags & Plastic Wrap
- Scrap Metal
- Styrofoam & Packaging Material
- Waste Pesticide
Antifreeze, Gasoline, Diesel, Motor Oil, Brake Fluid, Transmission Fluid and Windshield Wiper Solution are all hazardous materials and should be disposed of as household hazardous waste. Antifreeze is toxic and must be stored in a closed container at all times.
How to Recycle:
Carefully pour the used antifreeze into a clean, plastic jug with a screw-top lid. Secure lid on tightly. DO NOT mix motor oil or antifreeze with any other material (no water, brake fluid, solvents).
Uncontaminated antifreeze can be taken to the Chelan County Dryden or Chelan Transfer Stations (up to 5 gallons accepted at a time at no charge).
Contaminated antifreeze should be taken to a household hazardous waste facility or hazardous waste collection event.
- Recycling Centers
- Call2Recycle Re-Chargeable batteries accepted at bins located at Lowe's and Home Depot in Wenatchee, WA 98801
- Pacific Power Batteries 742 S. Mission Wenatchee, WA 98801 - (509) 663-6100 Recycling lead-acid batteries is a big part of their business. Other batteries accepted are: Ni-Cad (Nickel-Cadmium), Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride), Lithium Ion types, Alkaline, and Carbon-Zinc.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - held by Douglas County Last Event: 3/26. Next Event: To be announced.
Department of Ecology
Acceptable recyclable electronics can be turned in by households, small business, charities, school districts and small government offices through the E-Cycle WA Program. The items are disassembled and the parts are recycled into new, useable items. The acceptable items for this program are:
- Computer monitors
- CD ROMs
- Connecting cables and wires
- Hard drives
- Mother boards
- Zip drives
- Portable DVD players
Unfortunately, computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice and printers are not included in this program. These items can and should be recycled as well.
Drop-off locations for peripherals such as keyboards, mice and printers, are:
- Salvation Army - 1219 Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA -(509) 662-5103
- Pacific Power Batteries - 742 S. Mission Wenatchee, WA -(509) 663-6100
- Wenatchee Goodwill - 830 S. Mission Wenatchee, WA -(509) 663-7636
- E. Wenatchee Goodwill - 620 Grant Road E. Wenatchee, WA -(509) 884-1906
- YWCA - 231 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA -(509) 423-7599
All Electronic Waste, even those excluded from the E-Cycle WA program can be recycled for a fee here:
- Office Depot - 915 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801 -(509) 663-4733 Recycle boxes ( $5, $10, and $15) Small items such as cell phones or big items such as printers.
Any brand of ink cartridges from any store can be recycled at:
- Office Depot - 915 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801 -(509) 663-4733
Check with your service provider for a recycle program.
- Dish Network has a recycling program for your old satellite dish.
CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) and fluorescent tubes are recycled through the LightRecycle Wasington Program.
These drop-off sites are free of charge but have a limit of 10 per person, per day:
- Stan's Merry Mart - 733 S. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA -(509) 662-5858
- Rock Island Community Recycling Center - 23 S. Garden Ave. Rock Island WA - (509) 884-1261
- Lake Chelan Lighting Center - 917 E Woodin Ave Chealn, WA -(509) 687-6101
Free of charge, once a year, without limits, you can bring CFL and fluorescent tubes to:
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - held by Douglas County Last Event: 3./26. Next Event: To be announced.
All fuels and fuel oils should be disposed of as a hazardous waste.
Fuels and fuel oils are petroleum products that are used in many types of engines, lamps, heaters, furnaces, stoves, and as solvents. Fuel oils come from crude petroleum and are refined to meet specifications for each use. Fuel oils are mixtures of aliphatic (open chain and cyclic compounds that are similar to open chain compounds) and aromatic (benzene and compounds similar to benzene) petroleum hydrocarbons. In addition, they may contain small amounts of nitrogen, sulfur, and other elements as additives. Fuel oils are distinguished from each other primarily by their boiling point ranges, chemical additives, and uses. Fuel oils include: Kerosene, coal oil, Diesel Fuel, home heating oil, and gasoline.
Go to: Collection Events to find the next Hazardous Waste Event date.
Thanks to Lake Chelan Rotary's project 911 Glass Rescue, residents can drop relatively-clean glass bottles, jars and ceramics off in Chelan at the City of Chelan Recycling Center at 23235 Hwy 97A on Saturdays from 8am - 12pm.
The glass is crushed and reused as sand, gravel, landscaping/agriculture purposes and much more!
You will be charged a modest fee according to weight to help defray their costs. You can then take some of their product home to experiment and play with! To find more about this project visit 911glassrescue.org.
Medication To protect your privacy, residents are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on medication labels or packaging before disposing of unwanted medicine.
Accepted Medication in any dosage form, except for those listed below, in their original container or sealed bag are accepted.
- Herbal remedies
- Other personal care products
- Medical devices
- Mercury-containing thermometers
- Illicit drugs
- Pet pesticide products
Medicine Kiosks Drop-offs Locations:
East Wenatchee City Hall - By the Police Department Window 271 9th St. NE - East Wenatchee - 509.884.9515
Confluence Health Wenatchee Valley Hospital & Clinics 820 N Chelan Ave. - 509.663.8711
Confluence Health - this location has a mail-back as well 1201 S. Miller St. - 509.667.3333
Columbia Valley Community Health Pharmacy - this location also has a mail-back 600 Orondo Ave. - 509.664.3508
Medicine Mail-back Locations:
Douglas County Fire Protection District 377 Eastmont Ave. - 509.884.6671
If transferring medications to a sealed bag, please be sure to recycle remaining packaging.
Do not place medicine in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet.
Pictures below to show approved medication bottles and bags.
Currently, the City of Rock Island and Town of Waterville's Recycling Centers collect uncontaminated used waste motor oil. They ask their citizens to not contaminate their waste oil with brake fluid, antifreeze, solvents, pesticides or any other non-motor oil product, as the Community Recycling Centers cannot legally burn contaminated waste oil. Up to 55 gallons can be collected.
Please call and schedule a drop-off time.
- Rock Island City Hall - Phone: 509-884-1261
- Waterville Town Hall - Phone: 509-745-8871
Dryden transfer station will accept motor oil @ $1 per gallon
- Dryden Transfer Station - Phone: 509-548-5592
Paper & Paper Food Containers Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, paperback books, mail (plastic window envelopes ok), paper bags, and food boxes. Empty and clean paper cups, cartons, and boxes can all be recycled at the following places:
Clean paper and clean paper food containers.
NOTHING plastic lined (hot coffee cups) or waxy (frozen food like ice cream cartons)
NO food soiled or wet paper (greasy pizza boxes)
NO shredded paper (it gets caught in the machine)
Pictures below to help identify the right material to recycle.
Recycle your paint, stain, and varnish at any of the following Douglas County drop-off sites:
Note* Please call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you'd like to recycle. Once the paint recycling bin at a facility has been filled, they cannot accept any more used product until the bin has been replaced. These locations accept ALL brands of paint. Sites DO NOT accept aerosols (spray paint), leaking, unlabeled, or empty containers.
- Zacker Processing Center 509.886.0899 Mon. & Thurs. 2PM - 4PM
- Rock Island Community Recycling Center 509.884.1261 2nd & 4th Thurs. each month 8AM - 11AM Friday's 8:30AM - 1:30PM
- Waterville Community Recycling Center 509.745.8871 Tues. & Sat. 2PM - 4PM
- Bridgeport Community Recycling Center 509.868.4041 1st & 3rd Thurs. & Sat. 9AM - 11AM
Plastic Grocery Bags & Plastic Wrap
Residents can take plastic grocery bags and plastic wrap to the local grocery stores to be recycled. Please DO NOT put in curbside bins. Stores in the Wenatchee Valley that accept them include:
- Safeway (East Wenatchee, Wenatchee and Chelan)
- Walmart (Wenatchee and Chelan)
- Grocery Outlet in East Wenatchee
- Fred Meyer
- Martin's Market in Cashmere.
Pictures below to help identify the right material to recycle.
"Sharps" such as needles or syringes can be taken to these drop-off sites listed below.
Accepted are residential sharps only, no other medical waste, and must be in approved "Sharps Waste Container" which may be purchased at a local pharmacy. A leak-proof, rigid, puncture-resistant plastic container such as a liquid detergent bottle can be used. Once full, reinforce the lid the heavy duty tape (duct tape), and label the container.
- South Wenatchee Transfer Station - 1421 S. Wenatchee Ave - 509-662-8885
- East Wenatchee City Hall - 271 9th St. E. Wenatchee - 509-884-9515
- Recycling Centers
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events held by Douglas County Last Event: 3/26/22 Next Event: To be announced.
Additional Locations can be found at: www.safeneedledisposal.org
Pictures below to help identify Sharps and the approved Sharps Waste Containers.
Residents can take all kinds of Styrofoam and packaging material (#6 plastics) to:
- Dolco Packaging @ 1121 S. Columbia St. in Wenatchee. Phone:509-663-8541 Food containers need to be rinsed clean. They recycle locally what they can and ship the rest off to be recycled elsewhere. This is a free service to our community.
Packing peanuts, mail pillows and bubble wrap can also be recycled at these locations:
- Pak It Rite @ 36 N. Chelan Ave in Wenatchee Phone: 509-663-1072
- Mail It Your Way @ 595-3 Grant Road in East Wenatchee Phone: 509-888-9686
Majority of the packing peanuts are biodegradable corn or wheat starch, and will dissolve in water. Test to see if your will dissolve before recycling.
Pictures below to help identify the right material to be recycled.
When disposing of tires at the Recycling Centers or Zacker Processing Center we ask that the tires be off rims and be limited to 10 tires per drop-off.
- Zacker Processing Center FREE FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS 6114 Batterman Road, East Wenatchee - Phone 509.886.0899 Monday's & Thursday's 2pm - 4pm
- Recycling Centers There will be a small handling charge for each tire and rim collected at the Community Recycling Centers. Contact your local City or Town Hall for specific information related to charges.
- Discount Tires There will be a small handling charge at Discount Tire in Wenatchee.
Please contact the below businesses for further information on recycling vehicles.
- E-Z Auto Wrecking
1855 Rock Island Road
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
- Wenatchee Valley Salvage and Recycling
295 Urban Industrial Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98802