The statewide ban on single-use plastic bags established in RCW 70a.530 was originally scheduled for implementation in January of 2021. Due to supply chain issues of compliant bags associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Inslee issued Emergency Proclamation 20-82 to delay implementation of the bag ban until the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. On July 13, the Governor's office rescinded Emergency Proclamation 20-82, amending the language to delay the bag ban until 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2021. Therefore, the statewide single-use plastic bag ban will go into effect on October 1, 2021.
Recycling of solid waste is the state’s second highest priority for solid waste management. Grays Harbor County provides a curbside recycle program, glass collection sites, transfer stations, and re-use programs.
The Central Transfer Station provides recycling drop-off of the following materials:
Cardboard, Newspaper, Mixed Paper, Glass, Plastic Bottles, Cans, Used Oil
GLASS can no longer be recycled through Grays Harbor County's curbside recycling program. Glass drop-off boxes are located throughout the County. Follow this link for a location near you: Glass Recycling Drop-Off Boxes
All recyclables can now be placed into one cart, no sorting is required. All materials must be inside the cart to be collected. Materials outside the cart (such as cardboard) will not be collected. The following materials can be recycled through Grays Harbor County's curbside recycling program:
What Not to Recycle
No food or other organic waste.
No food-contaminated items. This includes food-contaminated cardboard, paper or boxes (such as pizza boxes), aluminum foil, paper plates, paper towels, TV dinner trays, or used tissues.
No soiled or wet newspaper, rubber bands or string.
No scrap metal.
No plastic bags, wide-mouth plastic tubs (such as margarine, yogurt or cottage cheese), plastic trays, plastic toys, automotive product containers, poison or pesticide bottles.
No plastic lids.
Household hazardous waste.
No filled or partially filled containers containing household hazardous wastes, such as motor oil, paint, poison, cleaning fluids, insecticides, solvents, acids, gasoline, pool chemicals, highly flammable liquids, radioactive materials, or toxic chemicals. Discard empty household hazardous waste containers in your regular trash.
Do not place trash, greenery, lawn and garden waste or hazardous materials in your recycling cart.
Washington State's "Recycle Right" Campaign
On May 27th, the Department of Ecology launched a statewide "Recycle Right" advertising campaign to raise awareness about how to properly recycle. Using recycle items that often cause contamination from leftover food or liquid, the campaign empowers people to take three simple steps to recycle right: make sure all recyclables are empty, clean, and dry.
Blog: Recycle Right: How empty is empty enough? How clean is clean enough? How dry is dry enough?
Watch and share the videos!
The Life Cycle of Trash
Frequently Asked Questions - Department of Ecology Recycle
Waste 2 Resources - Waste Reduction and Recycling Department of Ecology
Recycling Resources - Washington State Recycling Association
Refuse and Recycling Information - Washington Refuse & Recycling Association