Handling Hazardous Household Waste

Metro's Judie Miller said it might surprise you to learn the number of chemical products in your home that may have the words "warning," "caution" or even "poison" on the label. For proper disposal, it’s important never to discard household toxic trash in the sink, on the ground, down a storm drain or in your garbage can. Metro can help you safely dispose of hazardous household waste.

Top 10 list of items to keep out of the trash:

Paints, stains, thinners and solvents.
Pool and spa chemicals.
Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and poisons.
Motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids.
Household cleaners and disinfectants.
Rechargeable batteries.
Aerosol spray cans that still contain product.
Sharps (medical syringes).
Propane tanks or bottles from barbecue grills.
Mercury-containing items such as thermometers and thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), fluorescent tubes and ballasts.

What to do?

Instead of throwing toxic trash into the garbage, you can bring it to Metro’s household hazardous waste program for free, safe disposal or recycling. Metro has a household hazardous waste facility at each of its two garbage transfer stations – one in Oregon City, the other in Northwest Portland, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Metro also holds free neighborhood collection events every week across the region. Call Metro Recycling Information at 503-234-3000, or clcik here to find an event near you.



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