How to Properly Dispose of Building Materials and Keep Our Environment Healthy.


To help promote our local Feiro Marine Life Center, its importance to the community, and their annual fundraiser, we thought we’d shine a light on how to properly dispose of common building materials and keep our environment and waterways clean and healthy. 

First and foremost, please join the community in support of Feiro by attending the virtual Making Waves 2021: Resilience fundraiser on March 27th from 5 pm – 6 pm by clicking HERE.

You can also sign-up to participate in the live and silent auctions by going to makingwaves21.givesmart.com 

The fundraiser will feature speaker Cindy Hansen, from the Orca Network, with information about our Southern Resident Killer Whales. Other events will include silent and live auctions and updates about their animals and programs. If you are unable to watch, please consider a small donation of support by clicking HERE.

How to Properly Dispose of Old Building Materials and Waste

Most home projects we undertake help to improve our own home environment but sometimes much of the material we replace rarely finds its way to facilities to be properly disposed of.

Moderate Risk Waste Facility (MRWF) located at the Port Angeles Transfer Station

So, what is the best way to get rid of old building materials you won’t need? 

It can be tempting to leave old building materials in an out-of-the-way location, but that can cause more problems than it solves. It’s essential to follow proper disposal practices for all of your home improvement activities. Some home improvement materials can degrade in the environment and leach toxic substances, such as asbestos, volatile compounds, mercury, or other fish/wildlife/human harming chemicals into our air, soil, and waterways. 

You can’t always see those compounds in your soil, and at some point, in the future, that action may prevent you from growing your food safely or harm your water source. Improperly disposed of waste may eventually interfere with the wildlife you enjoy.

Everything in our region runs downhill. Disposing of old paint or garden chemicals in the sewer, for example, means it runs right into the water, where it can kill essential parts of the Strait food web that ensure we have good fishing and crabbing seasons. Feiro Marine Life Center offers youth education programs highlighting the impact of improperly disposed waste and how to care for our local watersheds

Luckily there are many places to practice safe disposal in our region.

Clallam County manages solid waste disposal sites across the region, including areas to drop off hazardous household chemicals. You can even donate specific items in good quality condition to places like Habitat for Humanity to be reused in future homes. We invite you to read our past blog post where we covered in-depth paint disposal procedures HERE.

And if you aren’t sure where your things should go; old lumber, for example, or roof shingles, click HERE for Washington State’s recycling opportunities for many common building materials.

Sometimes many items can be recycled into new materials, including aggregate for roads, plastic decking, and mulch, providing domestic business opportunities and jobs and reducing the impact of creating new materials from scratch.

 Your proper disposal of items you no longer use ensures that the place we all love and call home can be preserved for our children and future generations.