Snohomish county offers vouchers for free flood waste disposal

Snohomish County residents hit by floods this past week can dispose of water-damaged household goods free of charge at Snohomish County solid-waste facilities.

The fee waiver, proposed by Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, was approved Wednesday by the County Council.

“This allows us to act quickly to provide vouchers for waste disposal,” Reardon said. “Providing help for early cleanup allows our residents to get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Flood damaged homeDisposal fees will be waived for flood-damaged residential waste at the county’s transfer stations in Arlington, Everett and Mountlake Terrace and at the county’s drop boxes in Granite Falls, Snohomish and Sultan beginning Thursday, Dec. 16. The free collection will end Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Residents first need to obtain a voucher before taking materials to the transfer station or drop box. A separate voucher is needed for each load. Drop boxes have a 5-cubic-yard limit per load. (A standard size pickup loaded level to the side rails holds about 2 cubic yards.) Commercial and business waste will continue to be charged regular disposal fees.

Items accepted for disposal include: household furnishings, furniture, spoiled food, carpeting, water-soaked plasterboard and appliances (no refrigerators or freezers). Oil-based paint and small amounts of household hazardous waste also will be accepted with vouchers at all solid-waste facilities. Household hazardous waste includes items such as bleach, oven cleaner, solvents, moth balls and other products marked poison, flammable or corrosive. Generally, household hazardous waste is only accepted at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility in Everett. Hazardous waste must be kept separate from other garbage. Metal should be separated for recycling.
Customers who suffered substantial flood damage may want to call a garbage hauler for rates on large drop-off containers. The cost of these containers and their transport is not covered by the county’s free-disposal voucher.

Free disposal does not include demolition debris, yard debris, wood waste, concrete, rock, soil and animal carcasses larger than 10 pounds.

Vouchers can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Darrington Sheriff’s Substation, 1115 Seeman St., Darrington;
  • American Red Cross, 2530 Lombard Ave., Everett;
  • Snohomish County Sheriff, Community Information, 4th Floor, Courthouse, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett;
  • North County Sheriff’s Precinct, 15100 40th Ave. NE, Marysville;
  • South County Sheriff’s Precinct, 15928 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek;
  • East County Sheriff’s Precinct, 14000 179th Ave. SE, Monroe;
  • Stanwood Sheriff’s Substation, 8727 271st St. NW, Stanwood.

For more information on solid-waste facility locations and hours of operation, call the Solid Waste Division at 425-388-3425 or go to www.snoco.org/solidwaste.