Holiday weekends are among the busiest times at our waste and recycling facilities. Expect longer than normal wait times. The heaviest traffic is typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Check the Facility Hours!
- Olympic View Transfer Station: Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Regular schedule resumes after the holiday. See scrap metal restrictions below.
- Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities: Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Regular schedules resume after the holiday. See scrap metal restrictions below for the Silverdale facility.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility: Extended closure for Thanksgiving week, November 25 - 27. Facility reopens to the public on Thursday, December 2.
- Bainbridge Island Transfer Station (privately owned): Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Regular schedule resumes after the holiday.
Scrap Metal: Our scrap metal hauler's holiday schedule may cause us to unexpectedly close the scrap metal containers at Olympic View Transfer Station and Silverdale Recycling and Garbage Facility sometime between Friday, Nov. 26 and Monday, Nov. 29. If the containers are closed when you arrive, wait until the following week or take it to a private scrap metal recycler instead (private recyclers may even pay you for it). No items are allowed on the ground or anywhere outside the containers. If you're unable to wait or haul to a private location, you may pay to dispose of your metal as garbage.
Sorting Holiday Waste: Gather the compost and save your recyclables! Not all of your holiday waste belongs in the trash bin. Black Friday sales ads? These are recyclable. Turkey carcass? This goes in the compost cart. Foil pie pans? Go ahead and toss them. Did you know you can recycle your cooking oil too? Take care to sort your waste for reuse. Our Earth will thank you!
Garbage - Some packaging belongs in the garbage. You can toss:
- Single-use bowls, plates and cups
- Plastic film and clamshells
- Foil wraps and pans
- Plastic straws and utensils
- Frozen food packages
- Foam packaging
Compost - check out the Compost Guide! Holiday foods scraps can be abundant after a gathering. Collect these common items to place in your curbside compost bin.
- fruits and veggies
- meat and bones
- napkins and paper towels
- bread and egg shells
Recycling - Several food packages are recyclable:
- Drink bottles (glass or plastic)
- Metal cans
- Dairy tubs
- Glass jars
- Paper and cardboard boxes
- Newspaper and paper mail often increases during this season. These are also recyclable.