Disposal, Recycling & Green Living

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JCPH Environmental Health Division would like to encourage you to think before you buy! The new term for this concept is "precycle." This will reduce the buildup of waste in landfills and can even save you money! Please check out the following links to find helpful information on recycling and proper disposal options for Jefferson County residents.

Composting Classes (choose 1 ONLY)

April 19; 10:30-Noon; 
Just Added! 
April 22; 10-11:30AM;
Finnriver in Chimacum: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5923291
Class Currently Full
April 29; 10-11:30AM;
Finnriver in Chimacum:

Join your fellow Jefferson County citizens for an engaging interactive workshop with instruction on how to create and maintain a healthy compost system with food and yard waste. Create compost to amend your soil, retain moisture, provide essential nutrients for your plants, & MORE! Workshop cost is $25. Participants will receive a $125 Earth Machine compost bin.  One per household, please.  Participants must attend the full workshop to receive their compost bin.  Additional family members and/or friends may attend at no charge with one paid registration. Available to Jefferson County residents only who have not attended a previous compost class with us. For more information, email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491.

What's Recyclable In Jefferson County

Learn what is currently recyclable in Jefferson County for both Port Townsend curb-side bins and drop boxes throughout Jefferson County by viewing the Jefferson County Solid Waste website.

LightRecycle Washington

LightRecycle Washington is a program that allows individuals and businesses in Washington to recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day for free. You can recycle straight and curved fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and high intensity discharge lights (HIDs) at authorized LightRecycle collection sites.
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In Jefferson County, you can drop off your lights at the:

  • Recycling Center at the Transfer Station on South Jacob Miller Road, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit the LightRecycle Washington website find a collection site near you.

A to Z Disposal

Check out this new comprehensive resource for donating, recycling or selling goods and materials that you don't want to put in the landfill. Learn more on the Solid Waste Website here.


Washington now has a free, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops and televisions. Please visit E-Cycle page to learn more about the E-Cycle program.

Reduce Your Junk Mail

More than 50% of junk mail is discarded - unread or unopened - totaling more than 4 million tons of waste each year (source: EPA). The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year, which is more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined. The Consumer Research Institute estimates that Americans spend 8 months over the course of their lifetime opening junk mail.

Pharmaceutical Wastes

What do you do with your expired or unneeded prescription drugs? Do not put these wastes in the toilet or down the drain! These chemicals have proven to be very harmful to human health as well as fish and aquatic life. View the Prescription Drug Disposal Flier (PDF) for details on how to dispose of your pharmaceutical waste in Jefferson County. Visit the Department of Ecology website to learn more on how to manage your pharmaceutical waste safely.

Syringe Disposal

Disposal of syringes, needles and lancets is regulated. These items are called "sharps." They can carry hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other germs that cause disease. Tossing them into the trash or flushing them down the toilet can pose health risks for others. Regulations governing disposal of sharps protect garbage and other utility workers and the general public from needle sticks and illness.

Please visit the syringe disposal page to learn proper disposal options for Jefferson County residents.

Solid Waste Facilities

Residential curbside collection and commercial garbage pickup is available throughout Jefferson County. Visit the Jefferson County Solid Waste website for information about rates and schedules.

Tire Recycling

Green Alternatives for Household/Lawn & Garden

The Washington State Department of Ecology provides extensive information about green alternatives to dangerous chemicals used in households and on lawns and gardens. They provide resources for a safer and healthier home, school, workplace, and community on their website.