Back to Whatcom County home page Whatcom County | Departments | Contacts |  Help |  Search
 Public Worksheader image
  Public Works  | Services  | Contact Us

Solid Waste- Hazardous

Solid Waste Home

Hazardous Waste

Disposal of Toxics Facility





Cleaning Products

Compact Flourescent Bulbs

Disposal of Toxics Facility

Disposal of Toxics (DoT) is a Whatcom County facility that accepts hazardous waste only from Whatcom County households and small businesses that qualify. Businesses need to be pre-approved before bringing in waste.

Disposal of Toxics is located at 3505 Airport Drive, Bellingham (one block west of the airport entrance,) and is open weekdays from 9 am - 4 pm and the first Saturday of every month from 9 am - 4 pm. 360-380-4640trash can


  • Used oil and fuels
  • Oil-based paint & paint products
  • Fluorescent lamps
  • Cleaners
  • Lawn & garden chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Automotive products
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Good, usable latex-based paint of 1/2 full+ cans

WE DO NOT ACCEPT: Asbestos, ammunition, radioactive waste, biomedical waste,pill bottles empty containers, explosives, unapproved business waste, unusable latex paint.

Residents: Free (55 gallons or less).

Businesses: Call first for authorization & pricing.

Call DoT at 360-380-4640 for information on disposing of medications.


All sites accept up to 5 gallons of used motor oil or antifreeze, and drained oil filters. Please keep oil & antifreeze separate. Filters must be properly drained - punch hole in sealed end and let drain for 24 hours.


Cedarville Road, 9 am—5 pm, Saturday

Birch Bay: 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Road,

9 am—5 pm, Sunday



Lynden: 250 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, 8 am—4 pm Mon-Fri,

9 am to noon Sat (one-gallon clear containers required)


5 Steps to Protect Your Family’s Health & the Environment Too

bleach bottle1. Avoid household products marked “DANGER.”

“Danger” means the product could poison you, cause serious damage to your skin or eyes, or easily cause a fire.


• Products marked “caution” or “warning” or products that don’t need warnings.

• Products that are water-based such as latex paint, white glue, and some paint strippers.

2. Reduce your need for yard and garden pesticides.

Pesticides are poisonous. Besides killing bugs and weeds, they may also poison children, irritate eyes or skin, cause cancer, or kill birds and fish.

• Build healthy soil by adding compost or aged manure and using slow-release organic fertilizers.

• Buy plants suitable for your site.

• Try non-chemical products to control pests, such as

Teflon tape for root weevils or soap and water solution for aphids. Call the Whatcom County Extension Office for more tips: 360-676-6736.

3. Recycle used motor oil.

Oil dumped in storm drains is not treated and ends up in our streams and lakes, affecting fish and birds. For curbside collection, place your motor oil in a well-marked, tightly sealed plastic jug (do not use bleach bottles) and set out next to recyclables. Disposal of Toxics has oil and antifreeze collection stations set up throughout Whatcom County.
These locations are listed above.

4. Use less-toxic cleaners.

Some cleaners contain hazardous ingredients that can burn your eyes, skin, or lungs. Look for safer name brand substitutes or use these simple alternatives:

OVENS: Prevent the need! Line the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil and clean spills right away. To clean, try a cleaner without lye or a non-chlorine scouring powder, or try soap, water, and a copper scrubber.

DRAINS: Use a plunger, snake, or hose-end bladder. Prevent clogs by pouring boiling water down a slow drain, or try a product that uses enzymes to break down grease and soap.

TOILET BOWLS: Use baking soda and castile soap, non-chlorine scouring powder, or other less-toxic commercial products.

paint can

5. Dispose of leftover hazardous products properly.

Never pour hazardous waste down the sink or storm drain; the chemicals can end up in local waterways or groundwater. If you throw them in the trash, the chemicals can endanger collection and disposal workers. For proper disposal options, please refer to the information provided below. If you have questions call Disposal of Toxics at  360-380-4640.

Click here to learn how to dispose of various hazardous wastes in the safest way possible. These documents are PDF's and can be viewed using Acrobat Reader

Click here for a printable brochure containing the information on this page.
(For best results, print double sided on 11"X17" paper. Some pages appear upside-down to ensure proper orientation when folded.) These documents are PDF's and can be viewed using Acrobat Reader


Whatcom County businesses wishing to use the Disposal of Toxics Program for waste recycling/disposal must qualify as a Small Quantity Generator (SQG) under Washington state law. The following documents provide information for businesses to help determine their status. Call Disposal of Toxics at 360-380-4640 for more information.

Introductory Letter
Requirements for Participation
Business Application
2014 Price List


Contact Us

Solid Waste Division, Whatcom County Health Department
509 Girard Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; (360) 676-6724