Solid Waste

Changes coming to Central Washington Recycling 

Beginning Feb. 1, Central Washington Recycling will be taking only cardboard and mixed paper at its recycling center in Wenatchee.

That means the facility on Hawley Street will no longer take plastic, aluminum or tin.

The business will continue to pay for mixed paper and corrugated cardboard; however, a 400-pound minimum is necessary for payment. The free public drop-off site will be open to anyone with smaller amounts of paper or cardboard.

With the changes at Central Washington Recycling and the closure last year of the drop-off recycling center at the North Chelan Transfer Station, there are fewer limited recycling drop-off sites around the county.

The Dryden Transfer Station continues to have a drop-off recycling site. (Glass is not accepted at the DTS.) Winter hours at the transfer station are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The facility returns to normal operating hours on March 5.

“We have many changes coming for recycling throughout the state and nation due to the recycling contamination restriction from China,” said Brenda Blanchfield, solid waste coordinator for Chelan County Public Works. “All residents can acquire curbside recycling from waste haulers.”

Curbside recycling is offered in most areas of Chelan County:

  • Residents of the City of Chelan can call city hall for service, 682-8030.
  • Residents in the unincorporated Lake Chelan area, including Manson, can call Zippy Disposal, 682-5464.
  • Residents living in all other areas of the county, including Entiat, can contact Waste Management.

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 will pick up again in spring 2019 and will be completed this summer. 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.

Regular Hours:

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

The transfer station is closed on holidays and Mondays.

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

The drop-off yard is tentatively set to open on Friday, April 5, if enough snow has melted at the site.

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.