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Garbage and Recycling

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About the Refuse Division

Our Refuse Division collects commercial solid waste materials that are discarded and transports the materials to local landfills or transfer stations. Commercial customers consist of businesses and multifamily residences.

Garbage & Recycling Residential Services

The City of Leavenworth has partnered with Waste Management of Washington, Inc. to provide curbside collection of garbage and recycling for residents residing in single-family homes and/or duplexes. Waste Management will be responsible for collection and billing of those solid waste customers as of February 4, 2019.

For new service or to stop and start existing service, please contact Waste Management at (877) 466-4668 or go to their website

New Restriction Regarding Yard Waste Disposal

Leavenworth falls within the Apple Maggot Quarantine area

The City of Leavenworth falls within the Washington State Department of Agriculture Apple Maggot Quarantine area. This quarantine includes transferring of any homegrown or foraged fruit, brush, and yard waste out of the quarantine area. Currently, the City is allowed to transfer solid waste to the Dryden Transfer Station; if residents and businesses fail to comply with keeping yard waste and brush out of the solid waste stream, the City will be forced to find another transfer site. If our garbage haulers identify yard waste or brush in your garbage dumpster, the City will not pick up your trash until those items are removed. Residents may dispose of their yard waste and brush at the City Recycling Center. A map of the quarantine area is available on our website.

Single Stream Recycling

The City of Leavenworth is pleased to offer single stream recycling at the Recycling Center located at 216 14th Street between the Parks Shop Building and the Public Works Building, across the street from Community Cupboard. The hours of operation are Wednesday from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM and Saturday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Hours may change depending on the season.

The single stream recycling program is operated through Waste Management. All recyclables must be clean, empty, and dry. Acceptable materials include paper, plastic bottles, and metal cans. For a full list of recyclable materials, please refer to the WM Guidelines.


In partnership with Waste Loop, a local nonprofit, the Recycling Center now accepts glass (which is no longer accepted in Waste Management’s single stream recycling). Glass is collected and hauled to Strategic Materials in Seattle for recycling. Glass must be clean and free from corks and caps.

Residential Cardboard Recycling

Corrugated cardboard is accepted at the Recycling Center. All cardboard must be flattened. Cardboard is recycled locally through Michelson’s Packaging.

Commercial Cardboard Recycling

The City has a cardboard recycling system for commercial accounts only at this time. The Refuse Division collects commercial cardboard on its commercial refuse collection route.

Yard Waste

The City provides yard waste pick-up services to residential customers only two times each year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Watch for advertisements announcing Spring and Fall cleanup in the local newspaper or you may contact City Hall directly for specific dates.

Items allowed for pickup include leaves, pine needles, and other yard debris that must be in recyclable paper lawn & garden  bags.  Limbs must be cut into 4 foot or shorter lengths and tied into bundles with recyclable twine.  If there are large limbs, you are encouraged to cut them up and give them to someone for firewood.  No furniture, appliances, dirt, rocks, sod, or building debris will be picked up.  The yard debris should be out next to your garbage tote/dumpster and will typically be picked up the same day.  Please limit the extra yard debris to 3-4 bags per week.

Residents residing within the city limits may also dispose of clean yard waste at the recycling center. Proof of residence will be required: a current City Utility bill which includes garbage service and either a State ID or Driver’s License. No commercial or non-resident use of the yard waste recycling will be allowed.

Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility

Disposal of household hazardous waste at the Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility is available to any resident of Chelan County. The facility accepts only residential household hazardous waste; no business waste is accepted.

Click here to visit the Chelan County Moderate Risk Waste Facility webpage.

Location: 3612 Highway 97A, Wenatchee
Phone: (509) 888-1195
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
Fee: The facility is free to Chelan County residents. A $10 donation is suggested.

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