How to Recycle Aluminum in Washington State


The state of Washington offers many opportunities to recycle materials otherwise bound for a landfill. Aluminum is easy to recycle in the state, especially if you live near a major city like Seattle, Spokane, Olympia or Tacoma. The state's 1-800-RECYCLE initiative puts you easily in touch with the closest recycling center to you. Major regions may have several opportunities for you to recycle your aluminum.

  • Accumulate a load of aluminum, whether it be old siding, shingles or cans.

  • Locate the recycling centers that offer payouts for scrap metal (see Resources).

  • Select the type of recycling center you're looking for from the first drop-down menu, then your county in Washington State from the next box. Detail the type of material you want to scrap in the next few boxes, then click on "Search."

  • Pick the location you need information about from the next list of location types. In Clark County, for example, six different types of aluminum recycling locations are listed. For more information about any particular one, click on "Select" next to the location type.

  • Determine what types of materials are accepted at each location you choose, and whether that particular location offers payouts or is strictly a drop-off.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the current prices for what you intend to sell before you drop off materials (see Resources).
  • Contact your municipality for information about curbside recycling of aluminum.
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