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Where can I dispose of my solid waste in Washington County?
Washington County maintains fourteen permanent Manned Solid Waste Convenience Stations (MCS) Countywide at the following locations:

An unmanned open-top container for solid waste collection only (no recyclables) is located within the Taylors Valley Community on Tuesdays only.

 

What are the hours for the Manned Solid Waste Convenience Stations?
Please see the following chart for the operation hours of a solid waste facility in your area.  Click Here

Is the County Department of Solid Waste closed on all observed holidays?
The Department's MCS facilities and Transfer Station do not close for all observed holidays; please check the local newspaper for closings.

Who may dispose of solid waste at the Washington County Solid Waste Transfer Station?
The Transfer Station is limited to use by County-permitted private waste haulers, public solid waste collection operations and demolition and construction debris removal contractors. Please contact the Department of Solid Waste for more information.

What are the disposing fees at the Washington County Solid Waste Transfer Station?
The disposal fee for solid waste originated from sources within Washington County is $35.00 per ton. The disposal fee for solid waste originated from sources outside Washington County is $38.00 per ton. The disposal fee for tires is $115.00 per ton.

Can I take old paint cans to the MCS facilities for disposal?
MCS facilities accept old paint cans if they are water-based paints; the Department of Solid Waste does not accept oil- or lead-based paint for disposal.

Where can I dispose of tires?
All facilities accept tires no larger than 24.5 inches at $1.00 per tire up to a maximum of eight (8) tires per person/per week. Persons with more than eight (8) tires will be diverted to the Transfer Station where they are charged by tire weight.

Do the MCS facilities accept gasoline tanks and motor oil?
MCS facilities do not accept gasoline tanks.  Each facility has an oil tank for used motor oil or cooking oil only.

Where can I take my recyclables?
Each MCS facility has a recycling box for paper, plastic, and aluminum cans; the Abingdon Area MCS is the only facility that accepts glass, magazines, and large scrap metal items (i.e., old appliances, etc.).

Where can I take brush, tree trimmings, concrete blocks or brick?
The Abingdon Area MCS is the only facility that accepts brush and tree trimmings limited to no larger than six (6) inches in diameter and lengths no longer than four (4) feet. Brush and tree trimmings must be clean NO TRASH.

*Masonry blocks and brick must be broken into eighteen (18) inch squares or smaller.
*NO TRASH OR METAL can be mixed in with block or brick.

Can I take large items and appliances to MCS facilities?
All MCS facilities accept large household items, scrap metal and small- to medium-size appliances. Appliances and equipment utilizing refrigerant gas (i.e., refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units) will be accepted only if the compressor is removed and the refrigerant gas extracted from the unit. Effective October 1, 2003, the Abingdon Area MCS will accept refrigerant-bearing household appliances for disposal for a Refrigerant Extraction Fee of $20.00 per appliance (no commercial or industrial appliances or equipment will be accepted).

Which companies may collect and transport solid waste in Washington County?
The Washington County Board of Supervisors annually issues or renews permits to collect and transport solid waste within the County. The following companies are currently permitted in Washington County:

Waste Management of the Tri-Cities, Inc.,1010 Sam Walton Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663
Browning-Ferris Industries of Tennessee, Inc. (BFI), 2825 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, TN 37642

Southwest Sanitation Co., Inc., Route 6, Box 88, Tazewell, VA 24651
MXI Environmental Services, 26319 Old Trial Road, Abingdon, VA 24210E
Luke Green Company, Inc., 619 East Maple Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
Hayden Excavating Company and Roll-Off, P.O. Box 1087, Saltville, VA 24370

R.W. Edwards Company, P.O. Box 3344, Bristol, TN 37625
Waste Industries, 1803 Grayson TurnpikeWytheville, Va 24382

Where can I recycle in Washington County?
Washington County maintains fourteen permanent Manned Solid Waste Convenience Stations (MCS) Countywide at the following locations:

An unmanned open-top container for solid waste collection only (no recyclables) is located within the Taylors Valley Community on Tuesdays only.

What materials can I recycle in Washington County?
Newspaper, aluminum cans, steel cans, plastic milk jugs, plastic soft drink bottles, and used motor oil at all MCS facilities. Magazine and glass bottles are accepted at the Abingdon Area MCS only.

What hours are the stations open?
All MCS facilities except the Abingdon Area MCS are open as follows:

CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL SCHEDULE

Are inoperative or junk cars regulated in Washington County?
A property owner may only store two inoperative motor vehicles on any parcel of land in Washington County (exceptions to this are permitted uses such as repair shops). Such inoperative vehicles must be stored in the rear of the property and under cover (at minimum covered by a opaque tarp).

How should I report someone who has junk vehicles?
Provide the name and mailing address of the person with the vehicles to the County Department of General Services.

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