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

  1. Take your toxic trash year-round to Metro Central's Hazardous Waste Facilities seven days a week.
  2. 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 hazardous waste, paint, chemicals, pesticides, 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
  • batteries
  • 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

Other Resources

Questions? Contact Washington County's Solid Waste & Recycling program by e-mail or at 503-846-3605.