Solid Waste

*** Customer Alerts ***


NCRTS Weekday Closure - For Hand Unload Vehicles ONLY

Due to facility repairs, the North County Recycling and Transfer Station (NCRTS) will be closed to all hand-unload vehicles on weekdays from March 2 - 22, 2020. During this time the facility will still serve mechanical-unload vehicles, and recycling services will be available to all customers. 

 Alternate Facilities: To accommodate customers during the NCRTS repairs, the Granite Falls Drop Box will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (usually closed Monday, Thursday, and Friday). Please see the Facility Locations page for all alternate facilities available. 

Check the Lines

October 14, 2019 – To help you enjoy more time for other things and avoid long lines at solid waste facilities, Snohomish County Solid Waste created a dedicated web page. Check the Lines features camera views at all Transfer Stations and Drop Box locations.  

If you want additional information about peak visitor times, visit our Facility Locations page and scroll down the list of facilities. Please note that early mornings are less crowded. Traffic volumes are at their heaviest during the weekend.

What to do with Unwanted Latex Paint

March 27, 2019 - Snohomish County's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station in Everett now accepts liquid latex paint for a fee. Bring latex paint in its original container. Do not combine partial cans of paint. The paint will be recycled by a third-party partner. 

Snohomish Overdose Prevention Program Clean-up Kits

April 24, 2018 - The Snohomish Overdose Prevention Program is a Snohomish Health District led program that provides free, pre-made clean-up kits for the public to safely collect discarded needles found in the community. The Solid Waste Division has partnered with the Health District to provide the public disposal locations for the Overdose Prevention Program clean-up kits. The Solid Waste Division will only accept needles associated with the Overdose Prevention Program. All other needles should be taken to "Sharps Collector" sites in the county.

For more information about the Snohomish Overdose Prevention Program, please visit their website, or the call a Snohomish Health District at (425) 339-5250.

Curbside Recycling Program

December 3, 2017 - Thanks to all of you who take the time and effort to recycle. You may have heard recent news stories about the Government of China changing its recyclable materials acceptance policy and how this may affect your curbside recycling program.

Please be aware that Snohomish County Solid Waste Division is monitoring these changes and their possible effect on curbside recycling programs. At this time, we do not expect changes at the recycling centers at the Division’s Transfer Stations and Drop Boxes.

We do ask that all items placed for collection be empty, clean and dry because recyclables are not washed or cleaned after they are collected.

Before you recycle, at your curb or at our stations, remember to:

  • Empty - make sure each container is completely empty of food or liquid.
  • Clean - each container should be free from food and other residues.
  • Dry - containers should be dry and ensure other recyclables such as cardboard and paper are uncontaminated.

Also remember to follow your curbside hauler’s instructions on which materials to recycle. If you place the wrong item in the cart, it isn’t recycling, it’s just a really expensive way to handle garbage. When in doubt, throw it out.

Motor Vehicle Components and Parts

August 31, 2017 - In an effort to be compliant with Washington State law, RCW 46.80, effective October 1, 2017, Snohomish County solid waste facilities will no longer accept the following motor vehicle components and parts:

  • Airbags
  • Bumpers
  • Catalytic converters
  • Doors
  • Engines and short blocks
  • Fenders
  • Frames
  • Front or rear clips
  • Front or rear differentials
  • Hoods
  • Quarter panels
  • Seats
  • Transmissions and/or transfer cases
  • Truck beds, boxes, or cabs

Motor vehicle components and parts can be taken to any licensed vehicle wrecker.