Solid Waste Management



Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is offered in most areas in Chelan County.

Residents living in the city of Chelan should call Chelan City Hall for service. Call 509-682-8030.

For Lake Chelan area county residents living outside the city of Chelan, Zippy Disposal has implemented a curbside recycling program. Call Zippy Disposal Service at 509-682-5464.

Residents living in all other areas of the county, including Entiat, should contact Waste Management for details about curbside recycling. You can contact Waste Management by phone at 509-662-4591 or go to its website.


Drop-Off Recycling

Three drop-off recycling options are available in Chelan County.

Dryden Transfer Station

Dryden Transfer Station, 9073 Highway 2, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Dryden Transfer Station can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of Highway 2. The recycling drop-off bins are free.

The Dryden Transfer Station takes: aluminum cans, cardboard, plastic pop liter bottles, magazines, mixed paper, newsprint, office paper, glossy paper, plastic milk jugs, tin cans, metal and metal appliances. No glass is taken for recycling. Loads of scrap metal and appliances are $15 a load. Appliances that have or previously had coolant are $30 a load.


Michelsen’s Packaging Co. operates a recycling center called Central Washington Recycling, 1105 Hawley St. (behind Sav-Mart). The facility accepts only old corrugated containers and mixed paper. It is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donation bins are available during regular business hours.


The Leavenworth drop-off site for single-stream recycling is available ONLY to city residents. The site is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The site is located next to the Leavenworth sewage treatment plant. (For GPS reference, the plant is at 1402 Commercial St.) More information is on the city's website.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Dryden and Chelan transfer stations have scrap metal yards. Prices are listed below. The price of scrap metal changes with the market, so inquire with private businesses about the current price.

Dryden Transfer Station
9073 Hwy 2, Dryden
Metal/Appliance Fee: $15 per unit
There is a $30 fee for refrigeration and a/c units that contain, or once contained, coolants. Units will not be accepted if they contain any food.

Chelan Transfer Station
23235 Hwy 97A, Chelan
Metal/Appliance Fee: $10 per unit
There is a $30 fee for refrigeration and a/c units that contain, or once contained, coolants. Units will not be accepted if they contain any food.

Wenatchee Valley Salvage & Recycling
295 Urban Industrial Ave., East Wenatchee

Fragnito Metals, LLC
35 Howser Road, Chelan

LED, incondescent and halogen bulbs can be disposed of in your residential trash. However, fluorescent bulbs MUST be taken to safe drop-off locations, such as the Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility, for disposal. All fluorescent lamps, including compact fluorescent bulbs, contain varying amounts of MERCURY, a toxic pollutant. The county facility limits any dropping off of fluorescent bulbs to 10 per visit.

If manufactured since 1996, alkaline and carbon zinc batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) contain only a minute trace of mercury; they are not designated as hazardous waste, so these batteries can be disposed of in your garbage. Before you dispose of them, tape the batteries together in a bundle with Scotch tape to avoid their tips touching and inadvertantly starting a fire. The Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility also will take all household batteries. 

Rechargeable battteries are found in power tools, cell and cordless phones, laptops, cameras and camcorders, and more. They and button batteries contain heavy metals and are hazardous. Rechargeable and button batteries should be taken to a drop-off site for recycling. Find a drop-off site at Call2Recycle

Unfortunately, no recycling facilities or drop-off bins in Chelan County accept glass at this time. You may want to consider bringing your clean glass to 911 Glass Rescue in Chelan. Operated by the Rotary Club of Lake Chelan, the program charges a modest price for recycling glass into a sand or aggragate product that can then be reused.

Posted: 06/04/2019 04:04 PM
Last Updated: 08/30/2023 10:47 AM

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  • 25
    Jun 2024
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Public Meeting: Official Logic and Accuracy Test of Voting System and Accessible Voting Unit (AVU) Demonstration

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    Jun 2024
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  • 19
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    Jun 2024
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    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

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    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on June 5, 2024.

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    Hearing Examiner - June 5, 2024

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