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 Ephrata Landfill. Near Ephrata, WA,
this modern landfill was expanded in 2004 to a lined facility with a leachate
and gas collection system. The Ephrata Landfill is
located on Neva Lake Road which may be accessed from
either Dodson Road or State Highway 28 approximately
three miles south of Ephrata. The Ephrata Landfill may be
reached by calling 754-4319.
Drop Box Sites
County operates the Mattawa drop box site and the Coulee City drop box site.
These 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 Ephrata landfill.
The Mattawa drop box site is located
approximately two miles south of Mattawa off of State Highway 243.
The Coulee City drop box site directions:
From Main Street turn south onto 1st Street. Then proceed to Arch Street.
Turn right on Arch Street and follow the road to the drop box site.
ONLY CASH /
CHECKS ACCEPTED AT ALL SITES
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.
Trucks (over 3 yards)
Special Handling Waste
Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Link
Agriculture Waste Pesticide Disposal
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.
- Mercury Light Mandate Department of Ecology Link
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.
Reduce & Reuse
We can help reduce
waste by making careful choices about what we buy,
use and throw away.
Here are some tips:
for items with less packaging.
what you really need and buy durable products
not disposable ones.
reusable shopping bags.
opportunities to reuse items instead of
disposing of them.
unwanted items or donate to a charity.
items instead of buying new ones.
renting or loaning items that you don’t use
Find out how to OPT OUT OF JUNKMAIL
, which reduces paper waste.
OPT OUT OF PHONEBOOKS
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.
Moses Lake Area Recycling Directory
Ephrata - Soap Lake Area Recycling Directory
Quincy - George Area Recycling Directory
Grand Coulee Dam Area Recycling Directory
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.
Please see posted fliers below.
local police departments in partnership with Grant
County Health District offer Drug Take-Back Drop Sites.
Collection locations and hours
To assist the public with finding year-round disposal options for
some types of hazardous waste, please view:
year-round disposal options
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENTS:
Household Hazardous Waste Event Moses Lake May 13 2017
Household Hazardous Waste Event Ephrata September 9 2017
What to Bring:
Toxic cleaning products
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
(Brochure) WHAT DO I DO WITH . . . USED MOTOR OIL
Please Do Not Bring:
Business, agency, or apartment maintenance waste (Call
509-754-6082 for disposal information)
Fluorescent bulbs/ tubes (all mercury-containing lights)
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)
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.
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
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
For more information, please call Grant
County Solid Waste at 754-6082 ext. 3508.
Small Quantity Generator Assistance
household size quantities of liquid paint may be
disposed of at the Ephrata Landfill;
once dried out and lid removed,
may be put into the garbage can.
Solid Waste Planning
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
Solid Waste Management
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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