Recycling

Residential Recycling - Self-Haul

Island County recycling parks accept household recyclable items consisting of clean mixed paper; cardboard; tin and aluminum food and beverage containers; #1 and #2 plastic bottles, jugs, and jars; and glass bottles and jars free of charge at the following locations:

See our Recycle Whidbey (pdf) brochure or our Recycle Camano (pdf) brochure for a complete list of accepted recyclables.

Residential Recycling – Curbside Collection

Curbside recycling services are available for Island County residents living on Camano Island, in the City of Oak Harbor, Town of Coupeville, and NAS Whidbey Private Partner Venture (PPV) housing.

Glass Recycling

Container glass (bottles and jars only) can be dropped off for recycling at one of the County Recycling Parks, Navy Whidbey Recycle, or one of these locations: 

Container glass only, NO windows, mirrors, drinking glasses, Pyrex, ovenware, light bulbs, vases, tempered glass, ceramic cups, plates, bowls, etc...

Navy Whidbey Recycle

Residents with access to the Navy base may also use the recycling center on Ault Field.  Navy Whidbey Recycle is located at 3485 N. Langley Blvd, Bldg. 2555.  Call 360-257-5481 for more information.

E-Cycle Washington

E-cycle LogoIsland County and Island Recycling are participants in the E-Cycle Washington program.  E-Cycle Washington is an example of "product stewardship," whereby industry takes responsibility for the end of service disposal of their products.

What's accepted:  Televisions, Monitors, Computer Towers, Lap-top Computers, Tablets, E-readers, and Portable DVD Players.

What's not accepted:  DVD players, Clock Radios, Keyboards, mice, Printers, External drives or other peripherals and electronics.

E-Cycle Washington is paid for by electronics manufactures. Computers, monitors and televisions contain lead, cadmium, mercury and other metals that are toxic, persistent, and sometimes bioaccumulative in the environment. Steel and plastic can be recycled. Recycling eligible electronics through the E-cycle Washington program prevents environmental contamination and saves you money!

E-Cycle Washington Participating Locations:

Please bring enough 'muscle power' to unload your electronics and place them on the pallets provided.

Other Electronics Recycling

Some Office Max, Best Buy, and other electronic retailers accept electronics for recycling.  Some stores place conditions on what they accept, for example, a store may take your old printer only if you purchase a new printer from them. Call your local retailer to see if they participate in product recycling.

LightRecycle Washington

LightRecycle LogoIsland County participants in the LightRecycle Washington program. LightRecycle Washington is another example of "product stewardship," whereby industry takes responsibility for the end of service disposal of their products.

What's accepted: All mercury-containing lights such as Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's), Fluorescent Tubes and High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps. 

LightRecycle Washington Participating Locations:

Be careful not to break fluorescent or HID lights. However, if a light breaks, do not panic; just follow these simple instructions: How to Clean-up Broken Lights

Paint Recycling

PaintCareRecycling LogoThe Coupeville Solid Waste Complex participants in the paint stewardship program, Washington PaintCare 

The Washington PaintCare program is funded by a fee (referred to as the PaintCare fee) which is applied to the purchase price of new paint sold in the state. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. The PaintCare fee is not a tax or a deposit. The fee funds all aspects of the paint stewardship program. For more information on the fee, visit the PaintCare Fee page.

Appliance Recycling

Washers, dryers, hot water heaters, stoves, ovens and other non-refrigerating household appliances can be recycled at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park, disposal fees apply. Non-refrigerating appliances may also be recycled through a scrap metal recycler, like DTG Recycle, Christian's Towing, and Skagit River Steel and Recycling, in most cases for free. 

Refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, water coolers, wine coolers, chillers, air conditioners, and other charged refrigeration units contain powerful greenhouse gasses and must be recycled at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex or the Camano Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park for certified refrigerant recovery. Food must be removed from refrigerators and freezers, disposal fees apply.

Scrap Metal Recycling

Island County provides scrap metal collection bins at each solid waste disposal facility to capture scrap metal incidental to solid waste disposal for recycling, disposal fees apply.  Scrap metal recyclers will often accept ferrous metals and cast aluminum for free and depending on market conditions may pay for certain other non-ferrous metals.  Check the internet, the local phone directory or our Other Disposal & Recycling Resources page for private sector services.

Building and Demolition Debris Recycling

Usable building materials can be donated to Habitat for Humanity, Hearts and Hammers, and local thrift stores. Lautenbach Industries in Mt. Vernon can recycle or divert from the landfill many of the wastes involved with new construction, remodeling, home improvements, or demolitions.

Mattress Recycling

DTG Recycle, 20014 S State Highway 525, Freeland, WA, 360-331-1727, accepts used mattress and box springs for recycling, fees apply. 

Styrofoam Recycling

DTG Recycle in Freeland, 20014 S State Highway 525, Freeland, WA, 360-331-1727, accepts clean and dry Styrofoam. 
NOTICE: DTG is temporarily not accepting Styrofoam, check their website for updates. 

Got peanuts?  If they are clean and dry, contact your local mailing store to see if they can accept them for reuse.

Other Items

The following residential wastes are collected free of charge and recycled through the Hazardous Waste Program: 

  • Motor Oil*
  • Antifreeze* 
  • Oil Filters*  
  • Fluorescent Lights*
  • Gas/Diesel/Fuels*
  • Mixed Chemistry Batteries
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Cooking Oil
  • Propane Tanks
  • Latex Paint (Coupeville Complex only)

*Businesses must call 360-678-8215 for an appointment, fees apply.