Hazardous Waste - Recology Ashland
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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.


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

    • Vehicle batteries
    • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Residential
    • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Commercial
  • Used motor oil
  • Electronics (via the Oregon E-Cycles Program)


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. Wastewater treatment facilities are not properly equipped to remove medicinal substances from the water. The result? A wide range of pharmaceuticals has 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
    8 AM – 5 PM
  • Talent Police Department
    Deposit Box in Lobby
    604 Talent Avenue
    Monday – Friday
    8 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 4 PM

What’s Accepted:

      • Prescriptions
      • Over-the-counter medications
      • Medication samples
      • Medications for pets
      • Ointments
      • Lotions
      • Liquid medication in glass or leakproof containers
      • Needles (sharps)
      • Thermometers
      • Bloody or infectious waste
      • Medications from businesses or clinics
      • Hydrogen peroxide
      • Aerosol cans or inhalers
      • Food items
      • Supplements


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:


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.