Self-haul recycling & Take it or Leave it are open and look a little different!
Methow Recycles has adapted to current events by continuing our commitment to 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.
- Masks are expected.
- 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.
- BlueBags will be available for sale at entry only.
- We are now offering a "bagless" blue bag option for those who wish to save the bag by bringing the materials they would have put into a blue bag. The same $5 fee applies, and we'll point you to a special bin for these recyclables.
- Only 4 vehicles at a time will be allowed in the drop-off area
Also new, we are now charging to recycle:
As we have been telling our community for quite some time, the value of the materials we collect does not cover the cost of handling and shipping them, even with the help of volunteer labor! For this reason, 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.
A membership program is coming for those who would like to prepay. If you are already an automatic monthly donor and would like this monthly contribution used to pay for your recycling, please let the person at the gate know and be ready to tell them your name so that we can update our records accordingly.
No one will be turned away for an inability to pay. 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.
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.