Local Recycling Sites

Recycle Locations and Information about Where to Recycle Other Household Items

Dryden, WA: The Dryden Transfer Station is a recyling drop-off location and dump, located one mile east of the Hwy 2 and Hwy 97 Blewett Pass road junction. (Entry is only possible from the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 2.) Operated by Chelan County Public Works, recycling items accepted there are clean/rinsed aluminum cans, mixed paper, office paper, newspaper, magazines/glossy paper, clear glass, clear #1 PETE plastic bottles, tin cans, #2 HDPE plastic milk jugs, corrugated cardboard, and chipboard food boxes. Business hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Monday, closed on Sundays and legal holidays. An attendant is on-site. Phone 509-548-5592

Cashmere, WA: There is one recycling drop-off location in Cashmere on River Street. Very limited operating hours; open to Cashmere residents only. It is operated by the City of Cashmere, and recycling items accepted are clean/rinsed aluminum cans, clean/flattened corrugated cardboard (no pizza boxes or wet cardboard), clean magazines/glossy paper, clean newspaper, any color glass, tin cans, chipboard food boxes, mixed paper, office paper, clear #1 PETE plastic bottles, and #2 HDPE plastic milk jugs.

Entiat, WA - There are recycling bins in the parking lot of City Hall. These bins are serviced by the City of Chelan, and are available for public drop-off. 14070 Kinzel St., Entiat 509-784-1500

North Chelan County Recycling Center 509-682-4663

Central Washington Recycling - Managed by Michelsen Packaging, 1105 Hawley St., Wenatchee (located behind Sav-Mart), 509-663-6671, Michelsen Packaging Phone 509-662-2157

Dolco Packaging Corp. will recycle #6 plastic (polystyrene). They will recycle egg cartons, clean meat trays, mushroom cartons, and to go boxes from restaurants. The catch is that you have to drop them off at their site. They have a drop off location off Ferry street and left on Columbia. There is a shed with a drop off slot on the left. 1121 So. Columbia St., Wenatchee (adjacent to lot at Snyder's Bread store - turn east on Ferry, right on Columbia, and look for a wooden booth inside the left corner of a fenced area to the right of the Lifeline Building, opposite a blue building with the address #1000), 509-663-8541

Rural county residents may choose to sign up with Waste Management to have their recyclables picked up, ALL recyclables except styrofoam peanuts and shredded paper can be placed into a 96 gal tote (supplied by WM) at a monthly charge of $6.80, 509-662-4591

E-Cycle Washington is Here! Washington now has a FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops and televisions. MORE INFO

How & What To Recycle
Check the facility nearest you to obtain information on exactly what is accepted at that location. Please notice anything you recycle at any location must be clean and dry - your cooperation is appreciated! Gather your materials to be recycled in any device that is convenient for you: crates, boxes, plastic bins, clean garbage bags, grocery bags, etc.

Where to Recycle Other Household Items

Cell Phones - Community Technology of NCW, Home Depot, Office Depot, Staples, Wentachee Valley Humane Society

Computers, Monitors, Printers - Community Technology of NCW, 113 Second St., Suite 111, Wenatchee, WA -- www.4nccn.org -- 509-662-6156 Donate old computers to this nonprofit organization which provides computers and basic training to low-income families of students in NCW school districts. They accept computers in any condition. Computers deemed obsolete have their components separated and recycled. Newer computers are sanitized and sold to low-income families. Drop-offs are by appointment only.

Also at Staples, Office Depot - Recycle computers, monitors, keyboards and printers for a $5-$15 fee, depending on the item.

PDAs and Pagers - Staples, Office Depot

Printer Cartridges - Community Technology, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Office Depot, Staples (laser toner cartridges)

Rechargeable Batteries - Home Depot, Radio Shack, Staples

Styrofoam Packaging Peanuts - UPS Store (E. Wenatchee, Wenatchee), Das Copy Shoppe (Leavenworth)

Plastic #6 (Polystyrene) Dolco Packaging Corp., 1121 South Columbia Street, Wenatchee, WA. Phone: 509-663-8541 (Adjacent to lot at Snyder's Bread store) Turn east on Ferry, right on Columbia, and look for a wooden booth inside the left corner of a fenced area to the right of the Lifeline Building, opposite a blue building with the address #1000.

Recycling Automotive Products

Used Motor Oil and Antifreeze: Free drop-offs during the annual hazardous waste collection on the first Saturday in October in Wenatchee, Chelan, Peshastin, and Entiat. During the remainder of the year, recycle used motor oil at: Schuck's Auto Supply, Central WA Recycling, Kwik Lube, Dryden Transfer Station, All-Season Rental & Storage (Chelan), Chelan Bus Garage.

Tires and Auto Batteries: Les Schwab (Wenatchee, Chelan), Sound Tires (Wenatchee), Sears (E. Wenatchee), TDS (Wenatchee), Sunset Tire (Cashmere); fees vary.

Old Cars: Free drop-off during Chelan County Cleanup Days in April. During the remainder of the year: E-Z Auto Wrecking, 1855 Rock Island Rd., East Wenatchee. Phone: 509-884-5000. Toll free: 888-558-6767. E-Z also accepts scrap metal.

Or donate old cars to support Northwest Public Radio - They will even pick them up! MORE INFO

Recycling Metal Products

Free drop-offs during Chelan County Cleanup Days in April in Wenatchee, Dryden, Entiat, Chelan, and Malaga. During the remainder of the year: Dryden Transfer Station for minimum fee of $10. Included: Large appliances such as hot water tanks and stoves, 6-foot pipe lengths or less, refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners at most sites, microwaves, dryers, steel bath tubs, aluminum siding, bikes, lawnmowers, and wheel rims. At some sites, you may bring automobiles, orchard sprayers, and refrigeration units.

Non Magnetic Metals Collins Recycling, 1631 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee. 509-662-6520. Buys all nonmagnetic metals. Accepted materials are: copper, brass, aluminum, lead, stainless steel, aluminum cans, electric motors, radiators, and electrical wiring (no iron products).
Greater Wenatchee Recycling, 3741 Airport Way, East Wenatchee, Phone: 509-884-2275. Purchases non-ferrous metals (includes copper, brass, aluminum). Also have a dropoff container for iron, tin, or steel, and another container for paper products such as cardboard, newspaper, and magazines.

Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste". These products require special care when you dispose of them. Improper disposal includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in most cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Free drop-offs during the annual hazardous waste collection on the first Saturday in October in Wenatchee, Chelan, Peshastin, and Entiat. Includes: Motor oil, brake fluid, gasoline, auto flushes and additives, solvents, paints, glues, cements, roof coatings, sealants, caulking, epoxy resins, thinners, spot removers, polishes, waxes, oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, drain cleaners, deck and chimney cleaners, pool chemicals, inks, dyes, batteries, charcoal lighter fluid. (Please keep wastes in original containers.) Latex paint may be dried to a hardened state and placed in the garbage. It is not considered hazardous once solid, and aside from using it up this is the preferred disposal method.

Agricultural Pesticides

The Washington State Department of Agriculture holds regional collection events as part of their Waste Pesticide Disposal Program. This free program is primarily directed to farmers and orchardists, but homeowners also may call for assistance. To find out when and where future events are going to be held, visit MORE INFO , or call 877-301-4555.

Databases for Other Recycle Opportunities

More information about recycling in Chelan County can be found online at: MORE INFO, or 509-667-6415. Please check this site often, it is updated every couple of months to keep pace with the recycling market which determines what is currently accepted at the various drop off sites.

The Washington State Department of Ecology maintains a database of recycling opportunities available in Washington State: MORE INFO, or 1-800-RECYCLE.

There is a local group affiliated with a worldwide effort to recycle useful items locally. Freecycle ™ provides a way to "swap" possessions you no longer want, keeping them out of the landfill and helping others at the same time. If you want to find a new home for items you no longer use, check: Wenatchee FreeCycle

Thanks to Chelan Douglas Land Trust for providing much of the information above.