If you live in Oak Harbor city limits, call the City of Oak Harbor at (360) 279-4530. If you live elsewhere on Whidbey Island, call Island Disposal at (360) 678-5701 or (360) 321-1331. Camano Island residents should call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.
Camano Island residents can call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995. If you live in Oak Harbor city limits, call the City of Oak Harbor at (360) 279-4530. If you live in the Town of Coupeville, call Island Disposal at (360) 678-5701. If you live elsewhere on Whidbey Island recycling pickup service is currently not available. You may self haul recyclables to any County Solid Waste facility or Island Recycling.
Yes, you can haul wastes and recyclables to any of our County Solid Waste facilities.
DON’T throw it in the trash! You can bring your old oil-based paint, oil, antifreeze, and other household hazardous waste to any of our County Solid Waste facilities. There is no charge for household hazardous wastes.
See our Latex/Acrylic Paints and Stains page.
Island County’s Moderate-Risk Waste Collection Facility is open to businesses by appointment, please call (360) 679-7386; (360) 321-5111 x7386; or (360) 629-4522 x7386 for information.
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which means that improper disposal of spent bulbs can lead to health and environmental risks. Don’t throw used CFLs in the trash or break them; save them in a safe place (keep the original packaging!) until you can take them to any of our County Solid Waste facilities.
See our Medications & Sharps Disposal page.
Furniture in good condition can be donated or sold for reuse. If the furniture is in poor condition, it may be disposed of at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Transfer Station.
No, burning garbage is illegal and can be dangerous. Breathing smoke from burning garbage can cause or worsen asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and damage children's lungs. Burning plastic releases many cancer causing agents into the air that you or your neighbors breathe. For information about outdoor burning see the Northwest Clean Air Agency’s website.
Yard waste is accepted at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Transfer Station. Yard waste includes grass clippings, brush, leaves and branches. Yard waste does not include sod, dirt, gravel, rocks, plastics, wood, lumber or garbage; these items are accepted as garbage, construction or depending upon size hard-to-handle wastes. Visit the Yard & Garden Waste page for alternative disposal options.
Construction debris is accepted at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Transfer Station. See Construction and Demolition Debris
Technically, all plastics can be recycled. All plastics are not recycled because there is no economically feasible market for most of them. Island County does not use the recycling numbers printed on plastics as a guide to recycling. Why? The numbers printed on plastic products identifies the type of resin used in making the product. However, some items with the same number cannot be recycled together because they are manufactured using a different heating and molding process. (For example, markets that accept #1 plastic bottles often don’t want #1 plastic cups.) In addition, the cost of collecting, sorting and remanufacturing some items exceeds the value of the recycled plastic. And so many plastic items cannot currently be recycled, even though they have the recycling arrows and number on them.
To avoid confusion ignore the numbers and remember we accept clean plastic bottles, jugs and dairy tubs, with lids removed. All other plastic should be reused or go in the garbage. (Reusing an item saves 20 times as much energy as recycling it.)
Clean plastic grocery bags are accepted in recycling containers at many grocery stores. However, plastic bags are a major cause of litter and waste, it is much better to use a durable shopping bag.
Lids can be made of different plastic resins than containers. Also, their small size makes them hard to compact in bales and they can cause damage to baling equipment.
Packing peanuts can be reused, taken to mailing centers or disposed of as garbage at any of our County Solid Waste facilities. Please bag packing peanuts.
Call the Recycling Information Line weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.