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Household Hazardous Waste

Posted by b.chapman | December 19, 2014

Residents in Island County can dispose of household hazardous waste for free at county transfer facilities on Whidbey and Camano Islands. For a list of locations, hours and what is accepted click the link below.

Click here for locations, hours and a list of accepted items.

Is it a Household Hazardous Waste? Look for signal words on the label. For example:

  • Danger!
  • Warning
  • Caution
  • Toxics
  • Keep away from children
  • Keep away from heat or flame
  • Use in well ventilated area…

Household Hazardous Wastes are used or unwanted:

  • Yard & Garden chemicals
  • Oil-based Paints & Stains, Adhesives, Removers & Thinners
  • Used oils, fuels
  • Automotive chemicals and batteries
  • Pool & Spa chemicals
  • Photographic & Other Hobby chemicals
  • Cleaners & Solvents
  • Dry-cell batteries (tape the terminals to prevent fires during storage and transport!)
  • Fluorescent lamps, CFLs (compact fluorescents) pre-1979 ballasts
  • Mercury (thermometers, pressure cuffs, thermostats, batteries…)
  • Aerosol cans (that still contain product)
  • Propane tanks
  • Refrigerants and refrigerating appliances

Items NOT accepted:

  • Latex/acrylic paint,
    • If the latex/acrylic paint is in good condition and there is at least half a container you can take it to BARC Retail located at the Coupeville Transfer Station. Paint and stains are also available for purchase.  These paints can be dried out and discarded with the regular waste.  For ways to dry out latex paint click here 
  • Empty containers
  • Fireworks
  • Explosives


Wonder how to tell the difference between latex and oil paint?  Here are some ways:

Learn to tell the difference between latex and oil-based paint



“water based” or “acrylic”


Contains the words “cleans with water” on the label

Contains the words “cleans with solvent”, “flammamble” or “combustable” on the label

Can come in a plastic container

Does not come in a plastic container

Dries on wall in 1 hour

Dries on wall overnight


For more information visit the Island County Solid Waste website.