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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP, 40 CFR
Part 61) are the regulation governing the handling, transportation and disposal
of asbestos and asbestos containing materials. The Washington State
Department of Ecology regulates air quality issues regarding asbestos and the
State Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) addresses worker-related concerns.
For Kittitas County specific information on Asbestos disposal, contact Waste
Management at 925-9688 to schedule disposal.
Cell phones may be recycled free of charge at the
Solid Waste Programs office.
For information on recycling computers check out the
E-Cycle Washington web site. For more information about the program,
read the E-Cycle Washington program flyer .
Demolition waste means solid waste, largely inert waste, resulting from the
demolition or razing of buildings, roads and other man-made structures.
Demolition waste consists of, but is not limited to, concrete, brick, bituminous
concrete, wood and masonry, composition roofing and roofing paper, steel, and
minor amount of other metals like copper. Any other material, other than wood, that is likely to produce gases
or a leachate during the decomposition process and asbestos wastes are not
considered to be demolition waste.
Contractors and commercial haulers with pre-existing accounts have two
choices for disposal for demolition debris:
Residents of Kittitas County may bring demolition debris to either the
Ellensburg or Cle Elum Transfer Stations.
Note: For these fees to be in effect, all demolition debris must be kept
separate from other garbage, yard waste, etc.
If you use syringes to control diabetes, allergies or any other medical
symptom, your loose syringes thrown in your trash can hurt people. In a recent
study, 10% of waste collectors in Washington State said that they had been stuck
by a loose syringe in the trash! Even though you may feel healthy, your used
syringes can pass on germs.
Diseases as serious as Hepatitis B can result from an accidental needle stick!
pop bottles or milk jugs
These can be used to collect disposable syringes. Label the containers with a
bright red warning sticker that you have made, with the words (Used Syringes),
or contact the Solid Waste Office for a bright red "Biohazard Sticker".
Carefully put each of your used syringes into the bottle. Screw the cap back on
tightly, or put tape over the closed bottle cap when the bottle is full. Dispose
of the filled bottle at one of the Transfer Station disposal/collection sites or
to the Solid Waste Office at 925 Industrial Way, Ellensburg for safe disposal.
Sharps may no longer be disposed of in your trash.
Sharps users may obtain a new box of needles in exchange for the old ones
through the Syringe Exchange Programs (SEP) For additional information contact
the North American Syringe Exchange Network at 1-253-272-4857 or at
Find a pharmacy participating in a needle return program. Get a commercial
"sharps" container, and bring it back to the pharmacist when it is filled.
For a brochure and biohazard stickers, contact the
Solid Waste Programs office.
Cooking grease may be recycled at Central Washington Biodiesel, 509-899-4956.
Cooking grease is a contaminant in oil and does not belong in the county oil
waste (septage) is accepted by the County from septage pumping firms
for disposal in County owned and operated liquid waste evaporation lagoons.
Mercury can be found in, but is not limited to, old mercury switches from automobiles, thermometers
Mercury affects the nervous system impairing the way we hear, talk, see,
walk, feel and think. A very small amount of mercury can do significant
Soil contaminated by petroleum products through a spill or dumping is
generally disposed of through a contractor permitted to recycle or dispose of
such soil; however, for small spills of petroleum products, other options may
For more information, contact the Solid Waste
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.