Hazardous Waste Disposal

No Charge for Households! 

San Juan County is conducting its annual Hazardous Waste Roundup that has been rescheduled this year from June to September on account of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: All Washington Phase II health safeties measures will be strictly enforced.

• Masks required at all times and participants to stay in vehicles at all times
• Hazardous waste to remain in rear most part of the vehicle until taken by trained staff
• Any residents with health symptoms or recent off-island travel are asked to remain at home.

What? The hazardous waste roundup collection event is our once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals. Residents should pack products into a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers. Participants should be prepared to leave containers and boxes at the collection site as there will be no container returns. It is best to have the rear of the vehicle where hazardous waste is transported free of all other belongings. Upon arrival, residents must remain in their vehicles at all times! Trained personnel will remove the hazardous waste from the rear of the vehicle.

Why? Proper disposal protects your health and the health of the workers that handle your waste. Proper disposal also keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and out of the environment.

Where? At your island’s solid waste station (aka, “the dump”).

When? The schedule:
• San Juan Island – Businesses: Friday, September 18th, 1pm to 3pm (pre-registration required)
• San Juan Island – Residents: Saturday, September 19th, 10am to 2pm
• Orcas Island – Saturday, September 26th, 10am to 2pm
• Lopez Island – Sunday, September 27th, 11am to 2pm

What can I bring? Pesticides, fungicides and other poisons, gasoline and other fuels, contaminated motor oil, wood preservatives, oil-based paints and stains, solvents and thinners, pool and photo chemicals, resins, corrosives, degreasers, cleaning products, mercury, rechargeable batteries, propane cylinders (camping size, not tanks), and aerosols.

What not to bring? The following are not accepted at the roundup:
• ANY containers you intend to keep and any unlabeled containers (no containers will be returned), 5 gallon single container MAX size
• Flares, explosives, or ammunition – deliver these to the Sheriff's Office
• Two or more combined products (keep products separate and in their original container & label when at all possible!)
• Antifreeze and vehicle batteries – recycle at your island’s waste station or participating retail store during regular business hours
• Latex paint – dry out & put in trash unless on Orcas—ORS recycles latex paint as a normal item
• Spent fluorescent light tubes/ bulbs – Orcas: The Exchange, San Juan: Ace Hardware or Community Treasures and the Lopez Waste Station
• BBQ size propane tanks–these are instead accepted at your station as a recycled item
• Children or pets. These are not hazardous waste and we want to keep them safe!

How much will it cost? There is NO CHARGE at this year's roundup for HOUSEHOLDS disposing of 35 gallons or less of hazardous waste. Your disposal costs are being paid by the San Juan County Solid Waste Program and Washington Department of Ecology. BUSINESSES will be charged for their disposal costs and must pre-register 10 days before the event.

Please remember, what you pour on the ground or into your drain today, you may be drinking out of your faucet tomorrow. Please choose wisely.

Funded in part by the Washington Department of Ecology.

-Mark Ingman, Solid Waste Program Coordinator: marki@sanjuanco.com or 360-370-0534


Hazardous waste collection in the Islands are special events that target proper disposal of items deemed too hazardous, and unable to be disposed of in existing solid waste facilities. The events occur annually in the summer on different Islands. The County also has a hazardous waste drop off storage unit at the solid waste facility on Orcas for collection of small quantity items between the yearly events. The latest planned events are listed above, with collection times to be announced. 

Household hazardous wastes come in the form of liquids, solids, or contained gases. They are often ordinary commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides that should not be thrown in the trash or poured down the drain or on the ground. Island drinking water is particularly susceptible to contamination by discarded waste.

San Juan County and the Washington Department of Ecology conduct annual events to remove these toxic materials from our islands and maintain a healthy environment. At the roundup events, individual households and businesses deliver their hazardous materials, where they are securely packaged by trained professionals, barged to the mainland and disposed at specialized facilities. Collections of hazardous materials are prohibited on Washington State ferries and at terminals.