Household Hazardous Waste
Many of the products used in your home and/or 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. Below are options for properly handling hazardous materials:
Where to take hazardous waste
- Take your toxic trash 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?
- fluorescent lights
- paints and stains
- pool and spa chemicals
- pesticides and poisons
- automotive products (motor oil, antifreeze)
- thinners and solvents
- household cleaners and disinfectants
- art and hobby chemicals
- aerosol spray products
- sharps (medical syringes, needles and lancets)
- mercury containing thermometers and thermostats
Preparing and Transporting 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.
- Choose to use less-toxic products in your home and garden.
- Find recipes to make non-toxic green cleaners for your home.
- Learn about alternative garden and yard care methods.
- Select safer alternative products whenever you can. Download Metro's Hazardless Home Handbook for options.
- Metro's Consumer Guide to Hazardous Waste
- Household Toxic Trash Alternatives flyer
- Oregon E-Cycles - free collection locations for unwanted computers and laptops, monitors, and televisions.
Questions? Contact Washington County's Solid Waste & Recycling program by e-mail or at 503-846-3605.