Waste Restrictions

Prohibited Items at County Facilities

The following wastes are not acceptedfor disposal or recycling at any Snohomish County facility:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Air Conditioners
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
Disposal Options            
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
1 (800) 552-3565
Bio-Hazardous/ Medical Waste (All types)
Contact the Snohomish Health District, (425) 339-5250
Canisters and Tanks
Call your local scrap metal or compressed gas dealer for recycling options
Contaminated Soils
Disposed of in accordance with Snohomish Health District regulations, (425) 339-5250
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
Disposal Options            
E-Cycle Washington
1 (800) RECYCLE
Heat Pumps
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
Disposal Options            
Industrial Ash
Not accepted at county facilities
Liquid Waste
Not accepted at county facilities
Major Motor Vehicle ComponentsNot accepted at county facilities
Pharmaceutical Waste (Sharps/Needles)Safe Needle Disposal
Contact the Solid Waste Division, (425) 388-3425
Disposal Options            
Rodent-Infested Loads
Contact the Snohomish Health District, (425) 339-5250
Septage or Septic Tank Waste
Contact your local water or sewer district

Special Preparation Items

At the North County Recycling & Transfer Station and all Drop Boxes, all items must be less than six feet long or smaller than 25 square feet in area, except household sofas, appliances, mattresses, doors, carpets, and rugs.

The following wastes require special preparation and/or require Snohomish Health District clearance:  
Must be cold and double-bagged. Ash in barrels must be inspected by facility staff prior to disposal. Industrial ash is not accepted
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Dirt, Sod, Sand, Gravel, and Rocks
Up to one full wheelbarrow accepted at Drop Boxes. Larger quantities accepted at Transfer Stations. County facilities accept these items as garbage only. For recycling options, visit the Department of Ecology website, or call their office at 1-800-732-9253
Accepted as garbage. Metal canopies may be recycled in the scrap metal bin if they are flattened first
Contaminated Soils Not Designated as Hazardous Waste
Requires prior clearance from the Snohomish Health District,
call 425-339-5250           
Dead Animals
10 pound maximum. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly
Fecal Matter
Pet manure only; human feces not accepted. 10 pound maximum. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly
Grease-Trap Solids
Solids only, 10 pounds or less. Double-bag in plastic and tie tightly
Latex Paint
No liquid paint allowed at transfer stations. Open, dried out paint cans are accepted. Latex paint is also accepted if it's first mixed with a paint hardener or kitty litter to make the paint the texture of oatmeal. Liquid latex paint is accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility for a fee
Metal Containers
To recycle in scrap metal at no charge, containers must be clean, empty (dry), and open to allow full inspection of the interior. Containers that once held flammable liquids are not accepted at our Transfer Stations or Drop Boxes, but will be accepted at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Sewer Treatment Plant Screenings and Grit
Requires Snohomish Health District clearance, call 425-339-5250
Limit five tires per customer, per day, at regular garbage rates. Passenger car and pick up truck size only. Call 425-388-3425 for disposal options of larger loads
Yard Debris / Clean Wood Debris                                                                                                                                                                              
Effective September 21, 2022, Snohomish County will temporarily stop accepting yard debris at all facilities. Alternate locations for your yard/wood debris disposal/recycling can be found at our Yard/Clean Wood Debris page.