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Recycle at the Waste and Recovery Center

Note: Read the labels on the recycle center bins and put only accepted items in the bin. Place materials loose in the bins - not in paper or plastic bags. If the bins are full, DO NOT leave your materials on the ground by the bin. Come back another time or visit the Rochester or Rainier recycle centers.

Prepare your recyclables 

The recycle center at the Waste and Recovery Center accepts the following items:

  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Cereal & food boxes
  • Magazines, catalogs & mail
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags
  • Paperback books
  • Phone books
  • Aluminum & tin cans
  • Dairy tubs & yogurt cups
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Plastic bottles, jugs & jars (neck must be narrower than the base, no lids or caps)
  • Plastic buckets (must be clean, no lids or handles)
  • Polystyrene (also known as Styrofoamâ„¢) molded blocks and food containers.
    • Rinse or wipe food containers clean.
    • Make sure foam has the #6 recycle symbol.
    • Put foam in a clear or translucent bag.
    • Put shape/molded foam and food containers in separate bags.
    • No packaging peanuts.

Use this tipsheet to prepare your recyclables.

Donate used items

Goodwill Industries: Donate used clothing and household items at a Goodwill location.

Used clothing: There is a drop box for used clothing.

Used books: There is also a drop box for used books.


Contact us

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at (360) 867-2491 or e-mail


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