Household Hazardous Waste
Many of the products used in your home and yard can cause harm to people, wildlife and the environment if used or disposed of incorrectly. Do not dispose of hazardous products down the drain, on the ground, down a storm drain or in your household trash. To learn more, contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist by email, call 503-846-3605.
Is it hazardous? Look to the label.
To avoid hazardous household products, look for the words danger, warning or caution. Products not listing these labels are usually the least hazardous. Call Metro for a copy of the “Hazardless Home Handbook” or for more information about hazardous household waste at 503-234-3000.
Where to take hazardous waste:
- Take your household hazardous waste year-round to Metro Central's Hazardous Waste Facilities seven days a week.
- Metro's free household hazardous waste collection events take place weekly from spring through fall across the metro region. For locations and a schedule call 503-234-3000.
Materials accepted at Metro's hazardous waste facility or neighborhood collection events:
- Aerosol spray products
- Art and hobby chemicals
- Automotive products (motor oil, antifreeze)
- Fluorescent lights
- Household cleaners and disinfectants
- Mercury containing thermometers and thermostats
- Paints and stains
- Pesticides and poisons
- Pool and spa chemicals
- Sharps (medical syringes, needles and lancets)
- Thinners and solvents
Preparing and transporting hazardous waste properly
To minimize risk from accidental spills or dangerous mixing of materials, please prepare and transport your materials properly.
- Containers and boxes, including gasoline cans, cannot be returned to you, so make sure you do not need the container for future use.
- Do not mix products together. Dangerous reactions can occur when some materials are mixed.
- Do not put items in plastic bags.
- Keep products in original containers when possible. If a product does not have its original label, label it yourself if you are sure of the contents.
- Make sure products are properly sealed to prevent leaks and spills.
- Pack containers in sturdy boxes in the trunk of your vehicle, away from drivers, passengers, and pets.
Reduce use of hazardous products
- If you need to buy products that are hazardous, buy only what you will use in a reasonable period of time.
- Understand what household products are hazardous, how to handle them and what alternatives are available.
- Find simple cleaning tips and recipes for a safer home.
- Buy MetroPaint, which is easy to love because it's earth friendly and a fraction of the cost of new paint.
- Get rid of pests without using chemicals.
- Take precautions, because pet waste can be a health hazard in your yard.