Waste Prevention

Reduce

Waste reduction, or "pre-cycling", is an effort to prevent waste before it is created. We can help reduce waste by making careful choices about what we buy, use, and throw away. The following are some pre-cycling tips:

  • Look for items with less packaging or items packaged in recycled materials.
  • Choose durable rather than disposable products.
  • Look for opportunities to reuse items instead of disposing of them.
  • Ask for recycled products to help create a demand for recycled materials.
  • Buy recycled content materials.
  • Use reusable shopping bags.

Recycling in Kittitas County

Each person in Kittitas County discards the equivalent of 5.45 pounds of waste daily. More than 50% of that waste is reusable or recyclable. The loss of natural resources, energy and increasing costs of disposal make home source separating and recycling an important alternative.

In an effort to reduce the large amount of recyclable items (non-liquid, non-hazardous recyclables) that are presently disposed of at the transfer stations, Kittitas County offers a wide array of recycling opportunities at public and private drop-off recycling sites. The following recyclable items are accepted at each of the Kittitas County Transfer Stations in Cle Elum and Ellensburg:


Acceptable Recycling Materials (Clean, Empty, and Dry)

Newspaper
Green check mark
Newspaper
Cardboard
Green check mark
Cardboard
Magazines
Green check mark
Magazines
Tin Cans
Green check mark
Tin Cans
Aluminum Cans
Green check mark
Aluminum Cans
Plastic Bottle
Green check mark
Plastic Pop Bottles
Milk Jug
Green check mark
Plastic Milk Jugs

Non-recyclable Materials

Garbage bag
Red X
Plastic Bags and Film
Plastic jug
Red X
Any plastic that is not a bottle or milk jug
Styrofoam
Red X
Styrofoam
Shredded Paper
Red X
Shredded Paper
Garbage
Red X
Garbage
Garden hoses and Christmas lights
Red X
Garden Hoses, Christmas Lights, or Wires
Food soiled pizza box
Red X
Food-Soiled Pizza Boxes and Paper

Free document shredding

Solid Waste provides residents free confidential shredding of documents. Residents may deposit confidential material in the locked container located at the Solid Waste Office. The material is shredded once a month and taken to Spokane where it is recycled into toilet paper and tissue paper. This service is for household residents of Kittitas County, no business waste. Confidential documents only, no envelopes, magazines, junk mail, or greeting cards. Limit one bag per visit. For business or large amounts of document shredding, call:

Northwest Vital Records: 509-326-9128
Secure Records Solutions: 850-656-6900

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Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is available in a number of different areas throughout Kittitas County. For more information, contact:

Waste Management, Inc.
607 Railroad Avenue
Ellensburg
(509) 925-9688

Other Recycling Opportunities