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.
What is considered hazardous waste?
- Flammables: Paints, dry or wet, petroleum-based products, and polishes.
- Corrosives: Acids, bases, batteries, and drain clog remover.
- Toxics: Poisons, pesticides, gardening chemicals, ammonia, and solvents.
- Oxidizers: Pool chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, and perchlorates.
- Other miscellaneous goods: Propane, helium, small oxygen tanks, smoke detectors, and etc.
Find a Disposal Location
You can drop off hazardous waste at one of Metro’s transfer stations. Look up the transfer station hours, rates, what’s accepted, and more on Metro’s website or by calling 503.234.3000.