Public Works



The Solid Waste Division of Public Works is responsible for several program areas encompassing waste disposal, recycling services, waste reduction and recycling education, hazardous waste education and disposal opportunities as well as providing support for the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.  The Solid Waste Division is funded by tipping fees at the Grant County Landfill and the drop box sites.  The biennial Coordinated Prevention Grant from the Department of Ecology (DOE) provides funding for plan updates, recycling and hazardous waste programs.  Budget decisions are made by the Public Works Director and the Grant County Commissioners. 


Ephrata Landfill

Grant County operates the Grant County Landfill near Ephrata and seven drop box sites throughout the County.  The current landfill near Ephrata is a modern landfill that was expanded in 2004 to a lined facility with a leachate and gas collection system.  The Ephrata Landfill may be reached by calling 754-4319.

Drop Box Sites

Drop box sites are rural disposal sites with limited operating hours.  Waste that is delivered to the drop box sites by Grant County residents is then transported by truck to the landfill. 



Secured Load Ordinance 11--58--CC

Section 1.  Grant County Code   Section 8.28.190 and all Ordinances amending said section are hereby amended as follows:   

“Unsecured Load” means a shipment of solid waste in or on a vehicle that is not covered with a tarp, inside an enclosed vehicle or otherwise secured or tied down by safety chains or other fastening devices in a manner that will prevent materials from spilling, escaping, falling, or being blown or deposited outside the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.  For purposes of this definition, solid waste contained in trash bags that are not covered with a tarp, inside an enclosed vehicle or otherwise secured down is an unsecured load.

Passenger vehicles $5.00

Trucks (over 3 yards)            $15.00

Adopted:  07/12/2011

  • Secured Load Brochure 233KB 06/04/14


    Special Handling Waste


    Mercury-Containing Lights

    Beginning January 1, 2013, Chapter 70.275 RCW requires all persons, government, commercial, industrial, retail facilities, and office buildings in Washington State to recycle their mercury-containing lights.  That means that the Ephrata Landfill, Grant County Drop Box sites, the CDSI Transfer Station, and the Delano Regional Transfer Station will not accept mercury-containing lights for disposal.




    Grant County Solid Waste provides information to Grant County residents regarding recycling opportunities as well as information on hazardous waste disposal options.  Solid Waste staff provides brochures, classroom presentations, composting classes, and informational displays. For more information call the Grant County Public Works office at 754-6082. 


    Recycling Opportunities

    Grant County Solid Waste provides recycling opportunities at the Grant County Landfill and most drop box sites.  Materials that can be recycled at no charge at the landfill include:  used motor oil, antifreeze, automotive batteries, newspaper, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, latex paint, and cardboard.  The drop box sites have various levels of recycling opportunities.  Scrap metal and appliances may also be recycled at all solid waste sites for a fee.  Refrigerators do not need to be decommissioned before arriving at a solid waste site. 

    Many other recycling opportunities exist in Grant County.  These opportunities are available at city recycling centers, transfer stations, private recycling centers and stores. 


    Household Hazardous Waste

    Grant County Solid Waste offers Household Hazardous Waste Collection events two or three times a year.  These events are held on Saturdays in the spring and fall and are for household generated waste only.  Most events are held in Moses Lake and Ephrata.   Because funding for these events is provided through a grant from the Department of Ecology and from Grant County Solid Waste tipping fees, there is no additional cost for residents to participate.  Residents who bring items that are not accepted at an event will be assisted in finding other disposal options. 

    To assist the public with finding year-round disposal options for some types of hazardous waste, please view:  year-round disposal options 23KB 05/07/2014



    2014 HHW Events:   

    Ephrata Landfill Hazardous Waste Event September 2014 49KB 2/19/2014

    Moses Lake Hazardous Waste Event October 2014 154KB 5/21/2014


    What to Bring: 

    ·         Pesticides

    ·         Herbicides

    ·         Toxic cleaning products

    ·         Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes

    ·         Hobby chemicals

    ·         Thinners and solvents

    ·         Oil Based Paint (label indicated flammable material and brushes are to be cleaned with thinner)

    ·         Automotive products (contaminated used motor oil*, gasoline, antifreeze, brake fluid)

    ·         Aerosols

    ·         Products that contain mercury (thermostats, mercury thermometers)

    ·         Glues and adhesives

    ·         Rechargeable batteries

    ·         Non-rechargeable Lithium batteries

    ·         Fire extinguishers


         *Contaminated used motor oil is mixed with items such as gasoline, antifreeze, or brake fluid   


    Please Do Not Bring:


    ·         Business, agency, or apartment maintenance waste (Call 509-754-6082 for disposal information)

    ·         Sharps (Residents may dispose of sharps in a rigid, plastic container with a screw on lid)

    ·         Medical wastes (prescription drugs-year-round sites are available)

    ·         Empty containers of any type

    ·         Explosives (bullets, fireworks)

    ·         Radioactive materials like smoke detectors

    ·         Automotive batteries (year-round collection sites available)

    ·         Uncontaminated used motor oil (year-round collection sites available)

    ·         Propane tanks (year-round collection sites available

    ·         Latex paint (household size quanities of liquid paint may be disposed of at the Ephrata Landfill; or once dried out and lid removed, latex paint may be put into the garbage can. )

    ·         Any other household wastes (like tires, appliances, garbage, etc.)

    ·         Electronic Wastes


    For everyone’s safety, please:


    ·         Don’t mix products

    ·         Keep products in original containers.

    ·         Label products not in original containers.

    ·         Secure products so they won’t leak.

    ·         Store products away from the passenger compartment of your vehicle and keep them separate

              from  items you wish to retain.

    ·         Stay in your vehicle during unloading.


    Small Quantity Generator Assistance

    Grant County Solid Waste offers technical assistance for Small Quantity Generators of hazardous waste.  Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) are businesses that generate below 220 pounds of Dangerous Waste and 2.2 pounds of Acutely Hazardous Waste per month.  In addition, Grant County provides a disposal opportunity for SQGs in conjunction with the household hazardous waste collection events.  Interested businesses must sign up at least one week before the event and are required to pay the County’s contractor directly.  For more information, please call Grant County Solid Waste at 754-6082 ext. 3508.


     Solid Waste Planning

    Solid Waste Advisory Committee 

    The Grant County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) consists of up to eleven (11) members appointed by the Board of Grant County Commissioners.  The SWAC assists the Board of County Commissioners in the development of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal, in the preparation of solid waste management plans, and by reviewing and commenting on proposed rules, policies, or ordinances relating to solid waste prior to their adoption.  The SWAC shall meet a minimum of two (2) times each year.  The agenda and pertinent information regarding upcoming meetings will be posted below.





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