Refuse Division - Recycling & Yard Waste
Our refuse division supports both our solid waste (garbage) and recycling. We partner with local non-profits and companies to offer our residents and businesses the best way to dispose of solid waste and recyclables.
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 the collection and billing of those solid waste customers beginning February 4, 2019.
Our Refuse Division collects discarded commercial solid waste materials and transports them to local landfills or transfer stations. Commercial customers consist of businesses and multifamily residences.
We also provide a drop off location for recyclables and yard waste at the Recycling Center. This is open to all residents and commercial businesses who live or operate within the city limits.
For information on recycling and yard waste disposal outside of the city limits, please refer to the Chelan County Solid Waste Management website or contact Waste Management directly.
Single Stream Recycling
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 complete and updated list of guidelines, view the Waste Management Collection Guide.
Waste Management no longer accepts glass in the single stream recycling.
In partnership with Waste Loop, a local nonprofit, the Recycling Center now accepts glass (which is no longer accepted in Waste Management’s single street recycling). Glass is now accepted at the Leavenworth Recycling Center during all hours of operation: Wednesday 4:30pm – 6:30pm and Saturdays 11am – 3pm. Glass must be clean and free from corks and caps.
Residential Corrugated Cardboard
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.
The City provides yard waste pick-up services to residents within city limits. Pick-ups happen two times each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Sign up for our email list to be notified when the Spring and Fall cleanups happen!
How to Recycle your Yard Waste:
- put your yard waste in recyclable paper lawn & garden bags.
- place them curbside on Tuesday. They’ll be picked up within 3-4 business days.
- limit extra yard waste to 3-4 bags per week during seasonal pickups.
Items Allowed for pick-up are listed below. They MUST be in recyclable paper lawn & garden bags.
- pine needles
- other yard debris
- tree and branch limbs
- cut into 4 foot or shorter lengths
- tied into bundles with natural fiber twine
A List of Items that CANNOT be put into yard waste, and will not be picked up:
- sod (grass with dirt attached)
- large limbs
If you have large limbs, those make great pieces of firewood once cured. Share with your neighbors (but only if they want it!).
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
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.
Recycling Center Location:
Located between the Parks Shop Building and the Public Works Building, across the street from the Community Cupboard.
Hours of Operation:
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Please note that hours may change seasonally.
To Start or Change Recycling Service, Contact: