Self-haul recycling reopens with changes
Recycling is among the services identified by Governor Inslee as essential. Like you, Methow Recycles has adapted to current events with a focus on safety and reliability.
The Recycling Center is open for self-haul residential recyclers, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10-4pm.
Self-haul business recyclers are asked to call 997-0520 for a delivery appointment.
The following changes in support of Social Distancing will remain in effect as long necessary with the goal of getting folks in and out as quickly as possible.
- Household recyclers only. No trailers.
- Masks are strongly encouraged.
- Please come alone or plan for only one person to get out of your vehicle.
- All loads must be sorted before drop-off for easy drop and go.
- At this time, no batteries, fluorescent bulbs, or printer cartridges. No shredding service. These will return as soon as possible.
- We've converted from a practice of asking recyclers to charge themselves to charging everyone for recycling at the time of entry, $5/carload/$10 truckload. Cards and checks are strongly encouraged though cash will be accepted. Exact change only.
- For anyone unable to pay, Spend-a-Ben donors (see below) have prepaid for many recycling loads. To get a coupon, please connect with Room One or The Cove or mention it to us know when you arrive.
- BlueBags will be available for sale at entry only.
- Only 4 vehicles at a time will be allowed in the drop-off area
Spend a Ben –
We know that many recyclers are facing difficult financial conditions right now. We invite those who can, to “pay it forward” to help those folks out. Thanks to the Methow Conservancy and TwispWorks for bringing back "Spend a Ben"! When you contribute through our Spend a Ben page or as you come into the center, we’ll use those funds to cover the recycling fees for those who just can’t do it right now. By spending a Ben in this way you keep recycling healthy and sustainable in the Methow, and help out our neighbors whose financial lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.
Announcement: Mixed Paper is no longer being accepted as a self-haul material.
As we’ve communicated in recent months, changing market conditions unrelated to COVID-19 have made Methow Recycles unable to move over 70,000 pounds of mixed paper bales for nearly 6 months. Nothing from our buyers indicates a reliable light at the end of this tunnel. For this reason we are announcing that we are eliminating mixed paper from the self-haul recycling option effective May 1. We are very sorry for the impact this has on self-haul recyclers but hope you understand that if we can’t ship it, we can’t recycle it. WasteWise collection customers will still be able to include mixed paper in their bins.