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Solid Waste

Solid Waste Management

Jefferson County Public Health staff regulate the operation of transfer stations, recycling facilities, compost facilities, and the Moderate Risk Waste Facility.


What is solid waste?

Solid waste includes household garbage, junk vehicles, appliances, recyclables, and discarded commodities that either will be disposed of or need to be disposed of.                                       

Burning Garbage Prohibited Year-Round

Burning garbage is illegal. Some people mistakenly believe that if there is not a burn ban, then burning garbage is ok.


Junk Vehicles

A junk vehicle includes campers, boats, boat trailers or any other type of vehicle used for human transportation which may exhibit any of the following:

  • Build-up of debris, moss or weeds on, in, under, or around the vehicle that obstructs use;
  • Damage to the frame;
  • More than one missing or shattered window or windshield;
  • More than one inoperable or missing headlight or taillight;
  • More than one flat tire;
  • A missing or inoperable engine or transmission.
  • A missing wheel, license plate, driver-side mirror, tire, body panel, door, hood or other obvious body part, not including a bumper.
  • A license plate that has been invalid for more than 60 days.
  • Evidence that the vehicle has not been moved in at least 60 days.

A vehicle certified under RCW 46.55.230 as meeting at least three of following requirements shall be considered a junk vehicle:

  1. Three (3) years old or older;
  2. Extensively damaged, such damage including but not limited to the following: a broken window or windshield, or missing wheels, tires, motor, or transmission;
  3. Apparently inoperable; and/or
  4. Has approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it.

Mandated Garbage Service

If JCPH receives frequent solid waste complaints on a specific property or tenant/owner, we may require that you obtain regular garbage pickup service.

Discarded Commodities include items that are:

  • Neglected (not cared for or treated as if they have value)
  • Misused (left out in the elements to rust or rot)
  • Broken
  • Rotted
  • Unable to use as originally intended

If an item is valuable to you, it's best to store it in a way that preserves its value and integrity. Typically, this means storing the item in a permanent structure such as a garage, workshop, or shed. If you don't, then JCPH may consider the item a discarded commodity and require that you dispose of it properly.

JCPH can issue citations of $513.00 for: 

  • Storing or disposing of waste improperly
  • Dumping waste illegally
  • Burning garbage (any time of the year)






Click here to learn more about what goes in your recycle bins.


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