Greater Wenatchee Landfill and Recycling Center
We are proud to serve communities and businesses in the Wenatchee area.
We are open to commercial customers only.
Our environmentally sound facility provides you with:
- Safe, professional, and reliable disposal and recycling services
- Wildlife habitat, which is certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council
- Overlapping environmental protection systems that meet or exceed rigorous state and federal regulations
This site accepts primarily municipal solid waste (MSW or household waste), construction and demolition debris, industrial waste, and special waste. It does not accept hazardous waste.
For more information, please contact us (details in the contact box, above right).
- Asbestos (friable and non-friable)
- Medical waste (treated)
- Auto shredder residue
- Municipal solid waste (MSW)
- Construction and demolition debris (C&D)
- Industrial and special waste
- Yard waste
We do NOT accept:
- Hazardous waste
- Bio-solids medical waste (untreated)
- E and P wastes
- Waste containing free liquids
We provide recycling services for:
- Heavy plastic
Our most significant contribution to the community is our work to improve biodiversity and share 80 acres of endangered "shrub-steppe" habitat as an outdoor learning lab for local high school students. Our work with students earned national recognition in 2010 when the Washington State University (WSU) 4-H Eco-Stewardship Program won a top conservation award from the US Forest Service.
With support from Waste Management and other community partners, the 4-H Eco-Stewardship Program has served 18,000 teens from Chelan and Douglas counties in the last ten years.
Certified wildlife habitat
As a result of our hands-on environmental education and biodiversity work, this site has earned prestigious certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council.
Biodiversity projects currently underway include:
- Water for mule deer and native birds: Water is an especially important resource here because of our location in the "rain shadow" of the Cascade Mountains. By installing wildlife water guzzlers to provide a constant water supply, we are supporting native wildlife and bird populations.
- Natural controls for invasive species: We use natural methods to manage unwelcome plants and wildlife. We use the lesser knapweed flower weevil to discourage knapweed. To control starling populations, we have installed nest boxes for American kestrel falcons.
We host tours for local students, businesses and organizations. To schedule a tour, please contact us (details in the contact box, above right).
Community partnerships and involvement
The Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill and Recycling Center is proud to be an active supporter of local school groups and community programs including:
- The Boy Scouts of America
- Rebuilding Together
- Washington State University (WSU) Extension Outreach
Plans are currently underway to create capacity at the facility to generate renewable energy from the capture of methane gas. The effort is part of the on-going Waste Management initiative to extract value from waste.
The Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill uses a geo-synthetic clay liner (GCL) plus a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner, built to strict engineering standards. Our double-liner system protects the environment by ensuring that waste is contained and isolated from soil and groundwater. All construction is monitored and documented by independent third-party engineering firms and subject to review and approval by the Chelan-Douglas Health District and the Washington Department of Ecology.
Groundwater is monitored by eight monitoring wells (one up-gradient and seven down-gradient). Monitoring results are submitted to the Chelan-Douglas Health District and the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Landfill gas management
This site has an active gas extraction system, which is managed by flare. A renewable energy plant is planned for the future. The energy plant will use landfill gas to generate renewable electricity as part of broader Waste Management initiatives to extract value from waste.
Leachate collection and treatment
All waste cells have an automated leachate collection and removal system, which maintains sump levels in accordance with regulatory standards. Leachate is then managed in a double-lined evaporation pond.
Waste approval process
Waste Management has a defined waste screening protocol for each of its Subtitle D non-hazardous waste facilities, which protects both our employees and the environment. For all industrial and special waste streams, the generator or agent must complete a Generator's Non-Hazardous Waste Profile (available online at wmsolutions.com) for review by our technical staff.