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Contact: Allison Tabiando
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Snohomish County Offers Vouchers for Free Disposal of Damaged Items for Flood Victims
Beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2015 water-damaged household items and spoiled food due to power outages will be accepted at county solid waste facilities for free with voucher
EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 24, 2015 – Due to the recent flooding in Snohomish County, County Executive John Lovick and County Council have approved a fee waiver at county solid waste facilities for floodwater-damaged household items and spoiled food due to power outages. Disposal fees will be waived for residents with a valid voucher and whose affected property is located in Snohomish County. The fee waiver is valid from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 through Friday, April 1, 2016. Vouchers cannot be used to dispose of commercial or business waste; these wastes will continue to be charged regular disposal fees.
“Providing assistance to Snohomish County residents affected by the floods is a responsibility I feel deeply about and take seriously,” Snohomish County Executive Lovick said. “People dealing with fallout from the floods shouldn’t have to worry about the additional costs of disposing of flood-damaged items and food. This fee waiver should help alleviate some concerns about their safety and health as they work to get back on their feet as soon as possible.”
Before taking permitted items to a transfer station or drop box, residents must first obtain a voucher. Households with large amounts of flood-damaged material may request multiple vouchers. Vouchers can be obtained at the following locations (identification may be required):
• American Red Cross, 2530 Lombard Avenue, Everett
• Snohomish County Sheriff, County Courthouse, 4th Floor, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett
• Snohomish County Sheriff - North Precinct, 15100 40th Avenue NE, Marysville
• Snohomish County Sheriff - South Precinct, 15928 Mill Creek Boulevard, Mill Creek
• Snohomish County Sheriff - East Precinct, 515 Main Street, Sultan
• Gold Bar Police Department, 107 5th Street, Gold Bar
• Granite Falls Police Department, 205 S Granite Ave, Granite Falls
• Snohomish Police Department, 230 Maple Avenue, Snohomish
• Stanwood Police Department, 8727 271st Street NW, Stanwood
Once the vouchers are obtained, residents may dispose of their water-damaged items and spoiled food at:
• Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station, 10700 Minuteman Drive, Everett
• North County Recycling and Transfer Station, 19600 63rd Avenue NE, Arlington
• Southwest County Recycling and Transfer Station, 21311 61st Place W, Mountlake Terrace
• Dubuque Road Drop Box, 19619 Dubuque Road, Snohomish
• Granite Falls Drop Box, 7526 Menzel Lake Road, Granite Falls
• Sultan Drop Box, 33014 Cascade View Drive, Sultan
Please note, drop boxes have a 5-cubic-yard limit per load – a standard size pick-up truck loaded level to the side rails holds about 2 cubic yards.
Items accepted for disposal with the vouchers include:
• Flood-damaged items such as carpets, mattresses, clothes, furniture, water-soaked plasterboard, food, and appliances (except refrigerators and freezers)
• Food spoiled because of power outages
• Flood-damaged oil-based paint and small amounts of household hazardous wastes
Customers who suffered substantial flood-damage may want to call their garbage hauler for rates on large drop-off containers / roll-off boxes. Households may use their voucher(s), if they choose, to cover the disposal fee for a large roll-off box from a hauler. The household will be responsible for paying any charges or fees for the delivery and transport of the roll-off box by the hauler.
Free disposal vouchers do not cover wood waste, yard debris, concrete, demolition debris, rock, or soil. Large animal carcasses are not accepted at any county solid waste facility at any time.
For more information on facility locations, hours of operation, and general acceptance policies call the Snohomish County Solid Waste Division at 425-388-3425 or visit www.snoco.org/solidwaste.
About Snohomish County Public Works
The Snohomish County Public Works Department employs approximately 600 staff members that develop and maintain county roads; control and manage surface water quantity, quality, and fish habitats; and oversee the recycling and disposal of solid waste. The department’s main office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201. For more information about Snohomish County Public Works, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/PublicWorks.