Recycling & Yard Waste Collection

Residential Recycling Collections

Recycling is an important part of the city's Waste Reduction Program. Materials that are recycled do not have to be hauled to a landfill and buried forever. Instead, the materials are transported to Tacoma or Seattle, sorted, and shipped to markets in this country and world-wide. Recyclables are re-processed and used in the production of new products.

Residential recycling collection is offered to all city single-family dwellings up to four-plexes at no additional charge. Service is provided by the City of Port Angeles and collections are every other week. There is no additional charge to recycle. Collections are every-other-week. Download collection calendar (PDF), or fill out the Residential Request and Change Form (PDF) to sign up for service.

Recyclables are collected in a 90-gallon covered, wheeled, waterproof cart that conveniently holds all recyclables except glass. Glass is not collected because broken glass can contaminate other recyclables, damage processing equipment, and pose a danger to sorting crews.

Commercial Recycling Collections

Commercial recycling is available for apartment buildings and businesses in the city for recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, and tin. Commercial recycling is $15.71 per month for a 90-gallon cart which is collected weekly. Fill out the Commercial Request and Change Form (PDF) to sign up for service. 

  1. Materials Accepted
  2. Materials Not Accepted
Materials that are accepted for curbside recycling include:
  • Aluminum cans
  • Chipboard (cereal boxes)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books
  • Plastic jugs, bottles, & tubs
  • Tin / steel cans
Recycling Reminder Magnet

Confused About What Can and Cannot be Recycled?

See this photo (PDF) for a quick and easy reference. Or for your convenience, you may prefer to download a printed version (PDF)

Residential Yard Waste Collections

Yard waste collection is available to all city residents for an additional charge of $8.88 per month. This is an every-other-week service. During the months of December, January, and February, pick up is only once a month. You may also choose to self-haul to the compost facility at the Regional Transfer Station for a fee.

  1. Yard Waste Accepted
  2. Yard Waste Not Accepted
Materials accepted as yard waste include:
  • Branches up to 4" in diameter
  • Brush
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Small trimmings
  • Weeds

Backyard Composting and Natural Yard Care

You can create your own compost pile right in your backyard. This will reduce the amount of garbage and yard waste that needs to be collected, and the finished compost can be used as a soil amendment around your flowers and shrubs.

Email County Waste Reduction for free composting information, or download a Composting Basics (PDF) information sheet. For information about grass mulching, download the Natural Yard Care Booklet (PDF).