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Materials List

Select a material to find a list of businesses and organizations that will accept your unwanted materials for reuse, recycling or disposal.

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Animal Waste

Animal Manure, Excrement

Animal and pet feces (poop) or manure.

Dead Animals

Dead pets, farm animals or wildlife.


Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps

An air conditioner is a mechanical refrigeration device used to control temperature, humidity, cleanliness, and movement of air in a confined space. A heat pump is an outdoor air conditioning unit capable of either cooling or heating an indoor space.


Microwave ovens are kitchen appliances used to heat food and drinks.

Other Major Appliances

Refrigerators, freezers, stoves (kitchen range or oven), hot water heaters, furnaces, washers, dryers and other major appliances sometimes referred to as "white goods."

Refrigerators, Freezers

Appliances used for cooling or freezing foods.

Small Household Appliances

Small household appliances include items such as blenders, coffee pots and irons.


Asbestos-Containing Waste

Waste containing asbestos that is more than one percent of the waste’s total composition is considered to be an asbestos-containing waste. Materials that may contain asbestos include: heating appliances and heating systems; spray-on popcorn ceilings; acoustical ceiling tiles; vermiculite attic insulation; sheet vinyl flooring and associated felt backing; cement asbestos-board siding; plaster and stucco; knob-and-tube wire insulation; artificial fireplace logs and ashes

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Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt).

Button Batteries

Button batteries from watches and other electronic devices.

Motor Vehicle Batteries

Motor vehicle batteries, also known as lead acid batteries.

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and lithium ion. These batteries are typically found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Batteries

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), also known as an uninterruptible power source or a battery backup, is a device that keeps computers running for a short period of time after a power failure. The device usually derives its power from lead-acid batteries – some locations that recycle vehicle batteries also recycle UPS batteries.



A thick, heavy covering for a floor, usually made of woven wool or synthetic fibers.

Carpet Padding

The padding material placed under carpet, often made of small pieces of foam rubber.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products include items such as ammonia, bleach, drain opener, furniture polish, oven cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner.

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Construction and Demolition Debris

Acoustic Ceiling Tile

Panels made from a variety of materials designed to reduce noise. Most vendors will accept mineral fiber-based tiles that are free of contaminants but will not accept cast tile, fiberglass board, ceramic-based tiles or laminated tiles.


Asphalt pavement is made from aggregate and asphalt cement, a refined oil product.

Asphalt Roofing

Shingles composed of a felt mat saturated with asphalt, with small rock granules added.


A building material made of fired clay that is normally formed into blocks of uniform size.


A common construction material often found in foundations and sidewalks. It is made from a mixture of aggregates (sand and gravel), cement and water.


Internal wall material made of a sheet of gypsum covered on both sides with a paper facing and a paperboard backing. Drywall is also referred to as gypsum board, wallboard, plasterboard and rock.


Fiberglass consists of flexible fragments of spun or woven glass and is often found in insulating materials. It can also be coated with resins and molded into items such as pools or spas.


A mixture of cement or gypsum plaster with sand, perlite or vermiculite, and sometimes lime to form an interior wet wall system when applied to lath work or plasterboard.


A durable, non-absorbent ceramic that is fired at the highest kiln temperatures. It is often found as porcelain, toilets, sinks and ceramic tiles.

Reusable Building Materials

A variety of items including but not limited to cabinets, doors, fencing, floor coverings, hardware and fixtures, plumbing and pipe, roofing, siding and windows.

Rigid Foam Insulation Board

Solid foam sheets, usually made of EPS, XPS, XEPS, ISO, or a composite. The foam comes in a range of thicknesses and may, or may not, have foil backing on 1 or 2 sides. Usually used as insulation under roofs, on walls, or under foundations.

Vermiculite Attic Insulation

A pebble-like, pour-in product that is light-brown or gold in color. Some vermiculite attic insulation may contain asbestos fibers. Left undisturbed, vermiculite does not pose a risk. Homeowners should not disturb vermiculite attic insulation and should limit trips to the attic if this type of insulation is present.


Clean wood includes wood that is untreated, unstained and unpainted such as: construction lumber, pallets, plywood, OSB, and branches. Pressure treated, stained, or painted wood is not recyclable and should be disposed of as garbage. Railroad ties, which are treated with creosote, are sometimes recyclable, so check with the C&D processing facilities to see if they accept them.

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Drums and Barrels

Barrels and Drums

Rigid containers, such as burn barrels, larger than 25 gallons in volume and usually made of fiber, plastic or steel.


Audio Video and Camera equipment

Includes cameras and equipment for exposing film and recording digital images; electronic stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players; CDs, DVDs, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, computer disks and software; film, lenses, and accessories.

Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Mobile Devices

Includes wireless mobile telephones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), pagers, and other personal mobile devices.

Computers, Laptops, Tablets

Includes the central processing unit (CPU) of a computer (desktop, laptop, and portable computers) and its internal components, such as circuit boards.

Gaming Devices

Includes all game systems and gaming accessories.


Includes flat-screen (liquid crystal display (LCD) or plasma) and cathode ray tube (CRT) models.

Printers, Copiers, Fax Machines, Peripherals

Includes all-in-one devices and photocopy machines. Printers include such models as laserjet, deskjet, inkjet, color and black and white printers. Peripherals include mice, keyboards, cords, speakers and external drives.


Includes both flat-screen (liquid crystal display (LCD) or plasma) and cathode ray tube (CRT) model televisions.

Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent Light Ballasts

The electrical components at the ends of fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) light fixtures that activate the lights. Until 1979, virtually all ballasts were made with capacitors that contained PCBs.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent light bulbs, such as a compact fluorescent lamp or CFL, that contain mercury or lead or that have other hazardous properties; this also includes DLP and LCD projector lamps.

Fluorescent Light Tubes

Fluorescent light tubes that contain mercury or lead or that have other hazardous properties.


Edible food for donation

Includes: baked goods and commercially canned, boxed, and otherwise packaged foods not needing refrigeration; fresh produce and; food prepared in a donor kitchen, licensed food establishment or food processing company.

Fats, Oil and Grease

Fats, oil and grease.

Food Scraps

Food waste includes spoiled or otherwise inedible food scraps (such as table scraps). Food waste and soiled paper can be recycled with yard waste (in areas with this service) and collected at your curb, composted or taken by a disposal service provider for a fee.

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Foam Padding

Polyurethane foam from furniture, mattresses, carpet padding and other materials. Many vendors will not accept foam rubber or latex foam.

Household Furniture

Household furniture includes items such as couches, tables and chairs and bedframes.


Mattresses are large thick pads filled with resilient material and often coiled springs; used as a bed or part of a bed.

Office Furniture

Office furniture includes desks, chairs, tables, panels and other items commonly found in office environments.


Mixed Glass

Container glass not sorted into color or grade categories.

Separated Glass

Glass that has been sorted by color.

Window Glass

Sheet glass cut in shapes for windows or doors.

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Landscaping, Landclearing

Brush, Woody Waste

Woody prunings, branches, and debris from trees, shrubs or bushes.

Clean Sand

Uncontaminated sand.

Clean Soil

Uncontaminated soil, dirt or sod.

Contaminated Sand

Sand that is contaminated with materials such as petroleum products, heavy metals or sewage.

Contaminated Soil

Soil that is contaminated with materials such as petroleum products, heavy metals or sewage.


Any naturally formed aggregate or mass of inorganic materials.

Yard Waste

Christmas trees, leaves, grass, clippings, plant material, prunings, branches and other debris from a private residence.


Aluminum Cans

Beverage containers made from aluminum.

Ferrous Metals

Ferrous metals contain iron and steel. This might include: pipes, cast iron, motor blocks, appliances, bicycles, tin cans, rebar, I-beam, water heaters, wood burning stoves, and lawnmowers. Note: remove all liquids and dispose or recycle properly.

Nonferrous Metals

Common non-ferrous metals are lead, aluminum, tin, copper, and zinc. This might include stainless steel, radiators, wire, window frames, electric motors, copper pipe and brass. Note: remove all liquids and dispose or recycle properly.

Steel, Tin Cans

Cans made of steel or tin typically used to contain food or beverages.

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Misc Household Items

Baby Supplies

Baby supplies include items such as clothing, small toys, books, baby bedding/towels, crib mattresses and equipment such as cribs, bassinets, swings, high chairs, strollers, car seats and changing tables.

Bicycles and Bicycle Parts

Includes bicycles and bicycle parts (inner tubes, tires, seats, etc.) that are in working order and those that can be fixed with a reasonable amount of effort for re-sale or donation. Note: if your bike is beyond repair you should consider recycling it with a scrap metal recycler.


Lenses set into frames that help to correct the wearer's vision.


General items include kitchen and bath accessories, decorative items, and various other housewares.


Medicines include unwanted, left over, or expired prescription or over the counter medicines, drugs, pharmaceuticals, controlled substances, medications, anesthetics, antibiotics, antiseptics, balms, pills, capsules, ointments, salves, sedatives, serums, tablets, tinctures, tonics, or vaccines that should not be disposed in the trash or down the drain. Find a safe disposal location through the King County Secure Medicine Return stewardship program.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors can be disposed in the garbage. You can read more about smoke detectors at the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program website. Batteries should be removed and recycled or disposed first.



Paint includes oil-based, latex and spray paint, as well as products such as varnish and lacquer.



Wooden platforms on which materials are stacked for storage and shipping.



A stack of printed pages bound together with a hard or soft cover. May include textbooks, popular books, reference books, children's books and others.


A fluted paperboard sandwiched between two flat pieces of paperboard; used mainly for shipping containers.

Confidential Documents

Confidential documents include paper on which confidential financial, medical or legal information is printed.

Mixed Paper

Various grades of paper, including junk mail, magazines, catalogs, soft cover books, phone books, cereal boxes and wrapping paper*.


The thin paper used mainly for daily newspapers.

Office Paper

A mixture of high-grade papers such as copier paper, computer printouts and stationery.

Phone Books

Bound yellow or white pages typically printed on low-grade paper.

Polycoated Cardboard

Polycoated cardboard is typically found in the form of coated paperboard packaging such as milk and juice cartons.


Small paper or paperboard gaming pieces used in a game of chance.

Shredded Paper

Various types of paper and confidential documents that have been shredded.

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Pesticides include items such as lawn, garden or house plant insect killers; rat poison; slug bait; and ant- or roach-control chemicals.

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Agricultural Plastic

Agricultural plastic includes empty plastic pesticide containers, plastic twine, irrigation pipe, bale wrap, mulch film and other plastic films.

Bottles, Jugs and Tubs

These include plastic jugs with a neck (milk, juice, and pop bottles), plastic bottles with a neck (beverage, fabric softener, detergent, and window, bathroom and kitchen cleaners), and round plastic dairy tubs (yogurt, dairy, and butter or margarine). This does not include “clam shells” or other food take-out plastic containers which are not currently being recycled.

Mixed Plastics and Other Types of Plastics

Many other types of plastic, such as vinyl banners, disposable Tyvek® clothing (shoe and boot covers, coveralls, hoods, lab coats, aprons, sleeves and pants), and large quantities of other plastics may be recyclable.

Packing Peanuts and Foam Blocks

Packing materials include packing peanuts, polystyrene and expanded polystyrene (EPS), expanded polypropylene, and expanded polyethylene foam blocks. Packing peanuts are the small Styrofoam™ “peanuts” found in many packages shipped through the mail. Packing peanuts are not recyclable, but they are reusable. Many gift stores or shipping centers will accept clean packing peanuts free of charge to reuse in packaging or shipping. Polystyrene includes foam materials such as egg cartons and fruit packaging. EPS and expanded polyethylene blocks are commonly used in the packing of electronic equipment and may be recyclable.

Plastic Film and Grocery Bags

Plastic film includes dry cleaning bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, pallet wrap, and shrink wrap as well as plastic grocery bags. This does not include biodegradable or compostable bags.

Plastic Nursery Pots

Round or square pots made from a variety of different kinds of plastic and used for transporting garden plants and seedlings.

Plastic Office Supplies

Plastic office supplies include transparencies (such as overhead transparencies used in classrooms) and Tyvek® Envelopes (thin, water/rip resistant plastic envelopes).

Printer Cartridges

Inkjet Cartridges

A plastic cartridge filled with toner used in printers.

Ribbon Cartridges

A plastic cartridge with a ribbon containing ink used in printers.

Toner Cartridges

A plastic cartridge filled with toner used in printers.

Propane Tanks

Propane Tanks

A propane tank is a metal tank used to store propane gas, typically used with a barbecue grill.

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Medical Sharps

“Sharps waste” includes all hypodermic needles, syringes with needles attached, intravenous (IV) tubing with needles attached, scalpel blades and lancets that have been removed from the original sterile packaging, and epipen or auto-injectors.


Heating Oil Tanks

Home heating oil tanks can be either underground or above ground and are used to store oil to heat the residence on the property.


Clothing, Shoes, and Fabrics

Products made from natural and synthetic fabrics, fibers, or materials (such as cotton, wool, silk, woven nylon, rayon, polyester and leather), including clothing, shoes and other footwear, hats, belts, bags, rags, curtains, towels, sheets, linens, and other fabrics.


Worn, damaged or torn U.S. Flags.


Mercury-Containing Thermostats

Temperature-control devices that contain mercury.

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Passenger, Truck, Motorcycle Tires

Passenger, truck and motorcycle tires are typically made from rubber and other reinforcing material.

Vehicles, Vehicle-related Items

Mercury Switches

Mercury tilt switches are used in hood and trunk lights to turn the lights on and off. They do not pose any danger to the driver but should be removed from the vehicle before the car is at the end-of-its life.

Motor Oil and Automotive Fluids

Motor oil is made of refined oil used to lubricate car and truck engines. Other automotive fluids include antifreeze, brake fluid, and gasoline.

Oversized Items

Boats, motor homes, campers, trailers and similar large objects.

Vehicles and Major Vehicle Parts

Cars, trucks, motorcycles and major vehicle parts such as engine blocks with vehicle identification numbers (VINs).

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Updated: Jan. 16, 2015

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