Solid Waste FAQ

Q:

What items can I recycle for free at the transfer stations in Centralia and Morton?


A:

You need to separate your recycling into the following categories:

  • Metal: Includes scrap metal, pots and pans, aluminum cans, tin cans
  • Paper: Includes newspapers, magazines, office/school paper, mail, paper boxes and bags, paperback books. Please no shredded paper, wax-coated milk/juice cartons or frozen food boxes.
  • Glass Bottles & Jars: Please remove and discard lids, empty jars and bottles, rinse out.
  • Corrugated Cardboard: Cardboard with wavy layers. Please remove and discard all tape, labels and packing material.

Here is a flyer that further explains Recycle Reset, recent recycling changes at the transfer stations.

Q:

What are the holiday closures for the transfer stations?


A:

The transfer stations are closed on New Years Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. They are open on all other state and federal holidays for garbage and recycling services. The Administration Office and the Hazo Hut are closed all holidays.

Q:

Can I burn my garbage in a fireplace, burn barrel or burn pile?


A:

No.

Washington State law (WAC 173-433-130) forbids you from impacting your neighbors with smoke, odors, or ash.

Burning garbage causes air pollution as well as releasing toxic gases into the air.

For more information or to report an illegal burn call the Southwest Clean Air Agency at 360-633-0709.

Q:

Do I need to separate my garbage from other items (appliances, tires, recyclables) before coming to a transfer station?


A:

Yes. It is easier to discard your load if all the different types of waste are kept separate.

Load your appliances and tires first with your recyclables in the front of your truck bed or trailer. Load your garbage at the rear of your truck bed or trailer.

At the scale house let the attendant know you have tires, appliances, and recyclables to drop off. You will be told to dump your garbage first. Return to the scale house and pay. Then proceed to the recycling area to recycle appliances, tires and recyclables.

Do not mix garbage with yard waste. Mixed loads will be charged as garbage and you will not get a discounted rate for yard waste.

Q:

Where can I recycle spent antifreeze?


A:

Spent antifreeze may be recycled at the Centralia Transfer Station, Tuesdays through Saturdays, or the East Lewis County Transfer Station during normal operating hours.

This is a do-it-yourself service. Please take your empty containers with you and dispose of with your other garbage. There is a 5 gallon per household limit per day.

Q:

What types of oil are considered used motor oil?


A:

Please recycle motor oil at the Centralia transfer station, Tuesdays through Saturdays, or at the Morton transfer station during regular hours.

  • Only 5 gallons of oil per household per day.
  • Used motor oil includes engine oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, kerosene, and diesel.
  • Absolutely no brake fluid, gasoline, solvents, paints or thinners.

Q:

Can Hazardous Waste be disposed of in the garbage?


A:

No. These materials pose a threat to human health and the environment. Hazardous waste must be turned into the Hazo Hut or a special hazardous waste collection event.

Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • Left over oil-based paints and thinners
  • Used oil and spent antifreeze
  • Hazardous household cleaners including bleach, ammonia, phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, and oxalic acid
  • Pool chemicals such as muriatic acid and chlorine tablets
  • Lawn and garden chemicals, pesticides, diazinon, and most herbicides
  • Latex paint is not hazardous:
    • Hazo Hut at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia has changed the way it collects latex paint. It no longer accept latex paint. Washington state has implemented a new product stewardship program for various types of paint, including latex, called PaintCare. Here is the link to find PaintCare locations in Lewis County, where you can drop off latex, and other paint, for free: PaintCare.org.
    • If your container of latex paint is less than half full, you can dry up the paint yourself and dispose of it in the garbage.
    • To solidify leftover latex paint:
      • Mix cat litter, dirt or sawdust into the container of paint
      • Allow the mixture to harden
      • Wrap container in a plastic bag
      • Dispose of in your curbside garbage pickup or bring to Lewis County transfer stations in Centralia or Morton
Q:

What days can I dispose of my hazardous waste?


A:

You can only dispose of hazardous waste during operating hours of the Hazo Hut, which are every Wednesday and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Hazo Hut is located at the Central Transfer Station: 1411 S. Tower Ave., Centralia, Wa 98531. Phone number: 360-740-1221

Businesses must make an appointment by calling 360-740-1221.

Q:

Can I have my yard waste picked up at my house?


A:

Yes, if you live in the following areas:

Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, and Winlock; including rural Centralia and Chehalis

Call 360-736-4769 or visit LeMay Inc.'s website for more information or to subscribe to this service.

Q:

I have my recycling picked up at my house. What can I put in my commingled container?


A:

You can place the following items in your commingled recycling container:

  • Cardboard
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes)
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Phone books
  • Catalogs
  • Junk mail
  • Aluminum cans,
  • Tin cans
  • Plastic bottles, such as beverage bottles
  • Plastic jugs, such as milk jugs and laundry jugs
  • Diary containers, such as yogurt cups, margarine tubs
    • Please rinse all containers and discard lids. Flatten all cans and bottles.
    • No shredded paper, frozen food boxes or wax-coated milk/juice cartons.
    • No plastic sacks.
    • No strings.
    • No glass.
    • No containers that have been contaminated with hazardous materials.
    • No deli trays.
    • No plastic produce or bakery boxes.
Q:

What can I do with my left over latex paint?


A:
  • Hazo Hut at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia has changed the way it collects latex paint. It no longer accept latex paint. Latex paint is not hazardous. Washington state has implemented a new product stewardship program for various types of paint, including latex, called PaintCare. Here is the link to find PaintCare locations in Lewis County, where you can drop off latex, and other paint, for free: PaintCare.org.
    • If your container of latex paint is less than half full, you can dry up the paint yourself and dispose of it in the garbage.
    • To solidify leftover latex paint:
      • Mix cat litter, dirt or sawdust into the container of paint
      • Allow the mixture to harden
      • Wrap container in a plastic bag
      • Dispose of in your curbside garbage pickup or bring to Lewis County transfer stations in Centralia or Morton
Q:

Can I take my yard waste to a drop off center?


A:

Yes, you can!

Lewis County offers several options:

  • Central Transfer Station located at 1411 South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Tipping fee is $60.00 per ton. The minimum fee is $5.00 for up to 160 lbs.
  • East Lewis County Transfer Station located at 6745 US Hwy 12, Morton. Tipping fee is $60.00 per ton. The minimum fee is $5,00 for up to 160 lbs.
  • Chehalis residents, who live within the city limits, can obtain a seasonal permit, and take it to a local drop-off location. Call 360-748-0271 for more information.
  • Silver Springs Organics is a composting facility outside of Tenino that accepts clean yard waste from the public.

No noxious weeds please! Here is a list of noxious weeds.