Please browse the following topics for frequently asked questions. Thank you.
Keep East Wenatchee Clean
Does the City provide any free garbage dump days?
How do I dispose of a residential sharp?
The American Diabetic Association estimates that over one billion hypodermic needles end up in the local landfill. Improperly disposed of needles increases the risk of injury, infection, and pollution.
To properly dispose of residential sharps, please follow these guidelines:
Purchase an approved "Sharps Waste Container" from a local pharmacy.
Without bending or breaking them, place used needles and syringes in your waste container.
Once the waste container is full, take is to a Residential Sharps Drop-off site.
How do I dispose of a used appliance?
In the Greater East Wenatchee area, you can dispose of your used appliance (or scrap metal) at the following locations:
E-Z Auto Yard #2: 1420 Highway 28 (at the entrance to Rock Island, on the south side of the highway). Collect metal appliances, freon-containing appliances, aluminum, brass, copper, iron, stainless steel, steel, automobiles and automobile parts. Call (509) 886-3624.
Greater Wenatchee Recycling: 3741 Airport Way, East Wenatchee. Collect metal appliances, aluminum, brass, copper, iron, stainless steel, steel, radiators and other metals. Will pay for most metals collected. Call (509) 884-2275.
Collins Recycling: 1631 South Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee. Collect aluminum, brass, copper, iron, lead, stainless steel, steel and die-cast metals. Will pay for most metals collected. Call (509) 662-6520.
How do I dispose of latex paint?
Each year, an estimated 480,000 gallons of paint becomes surplus paint in the state of Washington. To prevent this surplus, please follow these guidelines:
Buy only what you need. Measure carefully before your purchase.
Use up any leftover paint by adding an extra coat to your painted area.
Do not allow your paint to freeze.
Dry out an leftover paint in its original container. Once dry, place in your waste container.
Do not pour paint on the ground or down the drain.
Where are the Residential Sharps Drop-off Sites located?
Please call the East Wenatchee Police Department non-emergency number at (509) 884-9511.
How do I report a crime?
In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, please call the East Wenatchee Police Department non-emergency number at (509) 884-9511.
Where can I get legal advice if I cannot afford an attorney?
In criminal matters, the East Wenatchee Municipal Court will appoint an attorney to represent you. In civil matters, the Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) provides free legal help to low-income people. Please contact VAS at (509) 663-2778, at email@example.com, or at their website.
Who should I call to find out about available victim services?
For a list of available social services, please click on the following link: service providers.
Who should I call to find out about my traffic infraction?
Please contact East Wenatchee Municipal Court at (509) 884-0680.
Transportation Benefit District
How is the EWTBD spending my $20?
The EWTBD spends the revenue on improving residential streets.
What funding sources are availble to the EWTBD?
Without voter approval:
Annual vehicle fee up to $20. This fee is collected at the time of vehicle renewal and cannot be used to fund passenger-only ferry service improvements.
Transportation impact fees on commercial and industrial buildings. Residential buildings are excluded. In addition, a county or city must provide a credit for a commercial or industrial transportation impact if the respective county or city has already imposed a transportation impact fee.
With voter approval:
Property taxes: a one-year excess levy or an excess levy for capital purposes;
Up to 0.2 percent sales and use tax;
Up to $100 total annual vehicle fee per vehicle registered in the district;
What is the East Wenatchee Transportation Benefit District?
In 1987, the State Legislature created Transportation Benefit Districts (TBDs) as an option for local governments to fund transportation improvements. Chapter 36.73 of the Revised Code of Washington provides for the establishment of TBD by cities and counties for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, and funding transportation improvements within the district.
In 2005 and 2007, the Legislature amended the TBD statute to expand its uses and revenue authority, including the ability to authorize a $20 annual vehicle license fee (VLF), and up to an additional $80 of VLF, if approved by voters within the district.
The state legislature provided local governments with these tools because inflation has eroded the local share of gas tax and because a series of statewide ballot initiatives passed over the last 12 years have eliminated other traditional sources of funding for local transportation needs.
Who runs the EWTBD?
The East Wenatchee Transportation Benefit District is governed by a Board, comprised of East Wenatchee City Councilmembers acting ex officio and independently of their elected position, as required by the authorizing state law. When it was established in 2013, the Board, with guidance from the City Engineer, conducted a comprehensive review of the City's residential streets and scheduled an overlay program. With a few minor exceptions, the revenue raised by the vehicle licensing fee goes towards improving residential streets.
Why did the EWTBD implement a $20 car tab fee without voter approval?
In large part, the legislature authorized the $20 vehicle license fee to replace a $15 countywide license fee dedicated to local street funding that had been eliminated by passage of I-776 in 2002.