Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste, including electronic waste, accounts for significant amounts of toxic waste in landfills. Items such as electronics, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, paints, pesticides, cleaning products, old medications and other chemicals are illegal to put in the garbage or pour down a drain or gutter because they contaminate our soil, drinking water and air.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Check out our Upcoming Events page for details on our Household Hazardous Waste Collection event held annually in May.

DROP OFF

Recology Ashland Valley View Transfer Station accepts the following types of household hazardous waste:

    • Car batteries
    • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Residential
    • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Commercial
  • Used motor oil
  • Cooking Oil

Medications

When medications are disposed of in the trash or down the drain, they can end up in the wrong hands, or in our soils and waterways. Waste water treatment facilities are not properly equipped to remove medicinal substances from the water. The result? A wide range of pharmaceuticals have been found in our rivers and lakes.

Drop Off
Recology Ashland has teamed with Ashland and Talent police departments to provide prescription drug drop boxes in the police station lobbies.

Box Locations and Hours:

  • Ashland Police Department
    Deposit Box in Lobby
    1155 East Main Street
    Monday – Friday
    Business Hours
  • Talent Police Department
    Deposit Box in Lobby
    604 Talent Avenue
    Monday – Friday
    8:00 AM – Noon & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

What’s Accepted:

YES NO
      • Prescriptions
      • Over the counter medications
      • Medication samples
      • Medications for pets
      • Ointments
      • Lotions
      • Liquid medication in glass or leak proof containers
      • Needles (sharps)
      • Thermometers
      • Bloody or infectious waste
      • Medications from businesses or clinics
      • Hydrogen peroxide
      • Aerosol cans or inhalers
      • Food items
      • Supplements

paint

Drop Off
Recycle latex and oil based paints year round by returning unused portions to participating local retailers.

You may drop paint off at the following businesses:

  • Miller Paint, Ashland, call directly at (541) 482-4002.
  • Ashland Hardware Store, Ashland, (541) 482-3476. Please call first.

About the PaintCare Program:
Oregon legislation (HB 3037) signed into law on July 23, 2009 requires manufacturers of architectural paint sold in Oregon to establish an industry managed & funded leftover paint stewardship program. Latex & oil based paints can be recycled year round by returning unused portions to participating local paint retailers. PaintCare coordinates these take-back programs at no charge.

Paint may not be disposed of in your trash (empty paint cans or totally dried paint are OK).

For more information on PaintCare, please visit PaintCare.org.

Additional information:

Sharps

Residents with medical conditions requiring the use of hypodermic needles are required to arrange for proper disposal. Oregon law prohibits the disposal of “sharps waste” in trash or recycling containers.

Home generated sharps waste includes: Hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for medical purposes.

Curbside or drop off
Sharps containers can be picked up at your curb or delivered.

 

Additional Information
See our page on the proper handling of household hazardous waste, gasoline and paint thinner. The JCRP website has a wealth of information about hazardous waste.