About Methow Recycles
Non-profit Methow Recycles was envisioned by a group of individuals who imagined a community with easier and more comprehensive access to recycling. It was successfully built through creative partnerships with town and county governments, Okanogan County Electric Co-operative, and the Methow Conservancy. We run one of the most innovative rural recycling programs in the state of Washington. Since opening in 2002 Methow Recycles has facilitated the diversion or recycling of over 8,800 tons from the waste stream through our operations at the recycling center in Twisp and regularly scheduled metal drives. Volunteers touch almost all of those tons, and our buyers count on the high quality they produce.
Methow Recycles owns no real estate and has no debt, but does own the majority of the equipment used in day to day operations. It leases the main part of its site including the 4,500 square foot processing and storage building from Okanogan County under a $1/year lease, renewed in 2011 with a ten year term. Similar $1/year leases are in place with the Town of Winthrop where we have a drop-off depot, and with the Town of Twisp for land adjacent to the main recycling center used primarily for storage. We process all of the Methow Valley’s recycling.
Methow Recycles is one of very few rural recycling program in the state to accept glass. Voluntary cash donations made by recyclers fund the program. In 2013 we implemented a project to collaborate with a local gravel pit owner to use partially processed glass as an ingredient in reclamation of his gravel pits.
Our annual Earth Week celebration includes work with students of all ages, a valley-wide litter pickup, and concludes with our very popular metal drive.
Volunteers, dedicated staff and board of directors ensure Methow Recycles’ success.