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.
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.
Department of Agriculture Waste Pesticide
Beginning January 1, 2013, Chapter 70.275 RCW
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.
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, check out this link:
2013 HHW Events: Next
Household Hazardous Waste Event to be held in spring 2014. Dates for 2014 to be
announced at a later date.
What to Bring:
Toxic cleaning products
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
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)
Products that contain mercury (thermostats, mercury thermometers)
Glues and adhesives
Non-rechargeable Lithium batteries
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
Propane tanks (year-round collection sites available
Latex paint (year-round collection sites available; or once dried
out this may be put into the
garbage if paint lid is removed)
Any other household wastes (like tires, appliances, garbage, etc.)
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
Organic Waste Recycling Program Feasibility Study
Tiered Rate Structure Analysis for Solid Waste
Department of Ecology link for the Ephrata Landfill Clean-up
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