About the Program
Leave Your Old Flame Behind
Why Have a Wood Smoke Reduction Program?
Air quality in most of Tacoma and much of Pierce County was not meeting federal standards for healthy air. Fine particle pollution (soot) in this area is highest during colder fall and winter months, when many households rely on the use of wood-burning devices for home heating. The smoke from burning wood poses a risk to everyone. Children, older adults and people with heart disease, asthma and other lung diseases are the most at risk.
To address this problem, as of October 1, 2015 new regulations require all uncertified wood-burning devices in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone to be removed and recycled, or rendered inoperable. Our Wood Stove Program can help you comply with this new rule and receive an incentive for scrapping your old uncertified wood stove.
To learn more, visit airsafepiercecounty.org.
Move on to Cleaner Heat
To improve air quality and protect public health, residents in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone can receive rewards from the Clean Air Agency to either recycle an old wood stove or, in some cases, replace it with cleaner heat.
The program offers two ways to participate. You can choose one of the following options:
Receive up $350 reward for the removal and recycling of eligible wood-burning devices.
- Bring your old, but working, wood stove or fireplace insert to a designated recycling location and receive a $350 reward.
- Schedule us to come get it and receive a $200 reward.
- Indoor trash burners and indoor barrel stoves are eligible for a $100 recycling reward.
Recycling rewards can be used for a new certified wood stove or insert, or for anything else (a bill, savings, etc.) Replacing your old wood stove is not required.
We offer $1,500 replacement discounts toward a clean heating replacement in exchange for your old, uncertified wood-burning device.
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Replacement equipment must meet certain efficiency and/or emissions requirements. The wood burning device being replaced must be installed and operable in order to qualify.
Replacement options include electric ductless heat pumps or whole-house electric heat pumps; natural gas, propane or oil furnaces or boilers; or pellet, natural gas or propane stoves or inserts. WA-approved, EPA certified wood stoves or inserts are only allowed for income-qualified households.
You may be eligible for a free heating replacement. Residents meeting low-income qualifications and having an installed, eligible wood stove or fireplace insert can receive a free* heating replacement.
* Some limitations and restrictions apply.
How do I Qualify?
To take advantage of the rewards, you must:
- Live in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone. See map.
- Have a working and installed, uncertified (GIF) wood stove or fireplace insert (not an open-hearth fireplace) to be eligible for the replacement discount. Also eligible for replacement are a wood-burning furnace; free-standing, manufactured wood-burning fireplace; or coal-burning device - OR -
- Have an installed or uninstalled but working wood stove or insert (certified or uncertified) to be eligible for the recycling buy-back reward. Also eligible for recycling are a wood-burning furnace; free-standing, manufactured wood-burning fireplace; and coal-burning device. Indoor trash burners and indoor barrel stoves are eligible for a $100 recycling reward.
If you have questions or need translation services, contact the Customer Support team at 253-798-4540, or by email.