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 HHW?
- Flammables include paints, dry or wet, petroleum based products, and polishes.
- Corrosives include acids, bases, batteries, and drain clog remover.
- Toxics include poisons, pesticides, gardening chemicals, ammonia, and solvents.
- Oxidizers include pool chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, and perchlorates.
- Other miscellaneous include propane, helium, small oxygen tanks, smoke detectors.
Paint and other hazardous waste such as motor oil, poisons, computers, etc. can be brought to the Recology Oregon Recovery Transfer Station (Metro Central).
For a full list of accepted items and information on disposal rates, please visit Metro’s hazardous waste facility or call the Metro Recycling Information Hotline at 503-234-3000.