Lake County Transfer Station &
Recycling Center

The Lake County Transfer Station and Recycling Center operates as a location for the deposit of municipal solid waste (garbage) as well as a number of other household and commercial materials that are recycled. When loads of mixed waste are received, they are sorted to the maximum extent feasible to extract recyclables and increase diversion from landfilling.

Location:

230 Soda Bay Road
Lakeport, CA  95453

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Saturday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Main Facility

This station is open to the public (self-haul) and commercial haulers.

Materials accepted at no charge include:

  • Newspaper, cardboard, office paper, magazines, steel cans, food and beverage glass, plastic food and beverage containers
  • Rigid plastic containers such as 5 gallon buckets, plastic storage containers, resin patio chairs and laundry baskets
  • Scrap metal
  • Motor oil and filters
  • Automobile and household batteries
  • Consumer electronics (televisions, computers, computer monitors, cell phones, printers, stereos and VCRs)
  • Small household appliances (toasters, blenders, mixers, etc.)
  • Appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, air conditioners, dishwashers and stoves). A fee for Freon removal may apply.
  • Latex & Oil based paint

Materials accepted for a fee include:

  • Garbage
  • Wood and Green Waste
  • Construction and Demolition material including concrete, brick, asphalt, drywall, shingles, porcelain toilets and sinks, and foam padding
  • Tires
  • Furniture (mattresses, box springs, couches and stuffed chairs)

All loads of 5 cubic yards or more are weighed and charged by the ton. Discounts are available for separated clean loads of wood and green waste as well as segregated loads of construction and demolition material.

All fees may be paid by cash, debit card or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted).

Special Services

Scrap Metal

Scrap metal may be dropped off at this transfer station as recycling at no charge.  For more information or other scrap metal buyback locations, please visit TCS Metals.

Buy Back – Recycling (CRV)

Beverage containers qualifying for California Redemption Value (CRV) are not purchased at this location. However, they may be dropped off at no charge.Click here for a list of local buy back centers.

Hazardous & Electronic Waste

Hazardous and electronic waste is strictly prohibited from being landfilled, and must be handled separately from trash and recyclables. This includes all paints, thinners, pesticides, motor oil, fluorescent tubes and electronics such as televisions, monitors, and VCRs.

Certain Hazardous waste and e-Waste are accepted in designated areas of the Transfer station at no charge. These items include:

  • Electronics (TVs, computers, stereo equipment, cell phones, etc.)
  • Household and automotive batteries
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Home generated sharps (Syringes and hypodermic needles must be properly packaged and sealed in an approved, puncture-proof container to be accepted)
  • Paint (Must be in original, empty container with label to be accepted)

Acceptable products include:

  • Interior and exterior latex paint of 5 gallons or less
  • Water-based stain sold in containers of 5 gallons or less
  • Oil-based paint of 5 gallons or less

Small Quantity Generators: please call us at 707-234-6400 for more information and to make an appointment.

Non-acceptable products include:

  • Paint thinners or solvents
  • Aerosol products (spray cans)
  • Auto, marine, and aircraft paints
  • Arts and craft paints

Mobile Haz-Drop

In addition to the Lake County Transfer Station & Recycling Center, we offer a convenient mobile HAZ-DROP program at multiple locations.

Through our HAZ-DROP program, household hazardous waste is collected from Lake County residents the third Friday and Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at rotating ends of the lake for convenience to all residents in Lake County. See below for accepted materials.

Please note:

  • State law prohibits delivery of more than 15 gallons per vehicle
  • Propane tanks (any compressed cylinders), maximum 5 gallons
  • Must show identification as a Lake County resident

Most items are accepted free of charge (please see below for accepted materials). Businesses must make an appointment by calling 707-234-6400 and a small fee will apply. Dates, locations, and times for HAZ-DROP can be found here.

Televisions and computer monitors are accepted at no charge at these locations.

For information on the proper disposal of hazardous waste, please contact the Lake County Hotline at (707) 263-1980.

Hazardous materials that can be dropped-off at the HAZ-DROP include:

Batteries (automotive and household) Antifreeze
Paints Toxic cleaners
Solvents Prescription medicines – non narcotic
Gasoline Fluorescent light tubes and CFLs
Pesticides and herbicides Oil / oil filters
pool chemicals Cell phones
Acids Propane tanks 5 gallons and smaller
Corrosives Mercury thermometers and thermostats
Sharps Bleaches and dyes
Artist supplies Photography chemicals

Not Accepted at HAZ-DROP:

Explosives
Ammunition
Narcotics
Compressed gas cylinders
Propane tanks over 5 gallons
Medical waste
Radioactive materials

Available Products

We offer sustainable recycled products for your home and business. Stop by and shop for your next project.

Compost.
Our compost is made from recycled local green waste, and is a useful soil amendment. Learn more about Mendocino Earth products here.

Landscape material.
From arbor mulch to redwood chips, we have a variety of recycled landscape materials for your use.  Learn more about Mendocino Earth products here.

Click here for a current green material price list.

Products may be purchased in bulk or by the bag. Payment can be made by cash, debit card or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted). Delivery is available, please call 707-234-6400 for more information.

Construction material.
Class II recycled aggregate base rock is available for purchase by the ton.  Please call 707-234-6400 or click here for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

We are located at 230 Soda Bay Road in Lakeport.

What are your operating hours?

We are open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Are you a buy-back center? Do you pay for recyclables?

We are NOT a buy-back center and beverage containers qualifying for California Redemption Value (CRV) are NOT purchased at this location.

Click here for a list of local buy back centers.

Do you accept recyclables?

Yes! We accept the following recyclable material at no charge:

  • Newspaper, cardboard, office paper, magazines, steel cans, food and beverage glass, plastic food and beverage containers
  • Rigid plastic containers such as 5 gallon buckets, plastic storage containers, resin patio chairs and laundry baskets
  • Scrap metal
  • Motor oil and filters
  • Automobile and household batteries
  • Consumer electronics (televisions, computers, computer monitors, cell phones, printers, stereos and VCRs)
  • Small household appliances (toasters, blenders, mixers, etc.)
  • Appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, air conditioners, dishwashers and stoves). A fee for Freon removal may apply.
  • Latex & Oil based paint

Do you accept e-Waste?

Yes! Most e-Waste is accepted at no charge in designated areas. This includes standard products such as TVs, computers, stereo equipment and cell phones.

Do you accept batteries, paint, or motor oil?

Yes! The following special and hazardous materials are accepted in designated areas at no charge:

  • Household and automotive batteries
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Home generated sharps (Syringes and hypodermic needles must be properly packaged and sealed in an approved, puncture-proof container to be accepted)
  • Paint (Must be in original, empty container with label to be accepted)

Do you accept garbage?

Yes! We accept garbage for a fee.

Do you accept green or wood waste?

Yes! We accept green or wood waste for a fee.

Do you accept construction materials?

Yes! We accept construction materials for a fee.

Do you accept tires?

Yes! We accept tires for a fee.

Do you accept furniture including mattresses?

Yes! We accept furniture for a fee.

Do you accept medical waste?

We only accept home-generated sharps. Syringes and hypodermic needles must be properly packaged and sealed in an approved, puncture-proof container to be accepted.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, money orders and credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted).

Do you accept paint?

Yes!  We accept most paint at no charge:

Acceptable products include:

  • Interior and exterior latex paint of 5 gallons or less
  • Water-based stain sold in containers of 5 gallons or less
  • Oil-based paint of 5 gallons or less


Non-acceptable products include:

  • Paint thinners or solvents
  • Aerosol products (spray cans)
  • Auto, marine, and aircraft paints
  • Arts and craft paints

Do you sell recycled paint?

Recycled paint is free to the public. Maximum daily limit per customer is 15 gallons.

Do you buy metal?

Yes! We buy back most scrap metal from commercial generators. An appointment is required to receive payment for your material. Please call Tri County Scrap Metals at 707-234-6425 for an appointment:

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Aluminum
  • Radiators
  • Insulated and clean wire
  • Stainless steel
  • Lead

Our facility operates in compliance with scrap metal regulations of the State of California. Customers will need to show proper identification before purchases can be made.

For more information or other scrap metal buyback locations, please visit TCS Metals.

 

Do you sell compost, landscape or construction materials?

We offer sustainable recycled products for your home and business. Stop by and shop for your next project.

Compost.
Our compost is made from recycled local green waste, and is a useful soil amendment. Learn more about Mendocino Earth products here.

Landscape material.
From arbor mulch to redwood chips, we have a variety of recycled landscape materials for your use.  Learn more about Mendocino Earth products here.

Click here for a current green material price list.

Products may be purchased in bulk or by the bag. Payment can be made by cash, debit card or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted). Delivery is available, please call 707-234-6400 for more information.

Construction material.
Class II recycled aggregate base rock is available for purchase by the ton.  Please call 707-234-6400 or click here for more information.

Contact Us

Operating Hours:

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Saturday

Location

230 Soda Bay Road | Lakeport, CA | 95453
707-234-6400 or 888-718-4888