Solid Waste

Scouts recycling Christmas trees in new location Jan. 5

Wenatchee Boy Scout Troop 7 returns this year to help people recycle their Christmas tree, but the popular drop-off event will be at a new location.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, drop off your Christmas tree at the Stemilt Organic Recycling Center in Wenatchee, 1465 S. Wenatchee Ave. (next to the Waste Management transfer station). The facility will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the event. Scouts will collect the trees for recycling, and the trees will be chipped on site and used in Stemilt’s compost.

A $5 donation is suggested. Donations will go to Troop 7 to support its programs.

Jim White, district commissioner for the Boy Scout’s Apple Valley District, said the recycling event is one the troop looks forward to each year. “This is a service to our community,” White said. “Bring your tree out and we’ll take care of it.”

When dropping off your tree, make sure it is free of all tinsel and decorations.

Trees also can be dropped off for recycling at the Dryden Transfer Station, 9073 Highway 2.

County will build facility for household hazardous waste

Chelan County Commissioners awarded a $1.1 million contract to Black Rock Construction & Development of Moses Lake for the construction of a facility that will allow residents to safely dispose of common household chemicals on a year-round basis.

The 5,200-square-foot facility will be open on Highway 97A, near Stemilt. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in winter 2018 and be completed summer 2019. General site work, including demolition work and the laying of the new facility’s foundation, has been completed. The new facility will charge a nominal fee for use to cover operations and disposal. Read the full press release online.

While you're waiting for the facility to be built, check out our blog on how you can safely dispose of some of those household hazardous wastes in your home.

 

Dryden Transfer Station

Chelan County operates the Dryden Transfer Station. The transfer station is at 9073 Highway 2, one mile east of the Highway 2 and Highway 97 Blewett Pass road junction. Entry is only possible from the eastbound lanes of Highway 2. The transfer station can be reached at 509-548-5592.

Hours:

Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The transfer station is closed on holidays.

Accepted types of payment at Dryden Transfer Station are cash or check only; we do not accept debit or credit.

Tipping Rates at the Dryden Transfer Station

Brush/Tree Trimmings* $80 per ton (minimum fee for loads under 200 lbs. is $10)
General Solid Waste (Garbage) $95 per ton (minimum fee for loads under 400 lbs. is $20)

*If you live in or operate your business in the apple maggot quarantine area of western Chelan County, you cannot bring brush or yard waste to the Dryden Transfer Station. You must bring your green waste to the day pit on East Leavenworth Road.

Recycling Opportunities at the Dryden Transfer Station

(Note: Due to market conditions and shipping costs, clear or colored glass is no longer accepted at the Dryden Transfer Station as a recyclable; glass can still be disposed at regular tipping rates.)

Aluminum Cans Mixed Paper Plastic Milk Jugs
Cardboard Newsprint Tin Cans
Scrap Metal* Office Paper Metal Appliances*
Magazines Glossy Paper Pop Liter Bottles

*Loads of scrap metal and appliances are $10 per load. Appliances that have or previously had coolant are $25 per unit.

Leavenworth Brush Drop-Off Site

A drop-off brush yard on East Leavenworth Road is available to residents and businesses in the apple maggot quarantine area. Brush, tree and bush trimmings, garden waste, needles and leaves are accepted. No rocks, dirt, sod, lumber or garbage are allowed.

Location: Chelan County day pit on East Leavenworth Road, near the Icicle Road intersection
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays (closed November-March)
Cost: $10 a cubic yard, with a minimum fee of $10

 

Other Transfer Stations in Chelan County:

Wenatchee Transfer Station (Operated by Waste Management)

1421 S. Wenatchee Ave. in Wenatchee 509-662-8885
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chelan Transfer Station (Operated by North Central Recovery & Recycling)

23235 State Highway 97A in Chelan 509-682-5631
Open Tuesday -- Saturday

Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.