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Free events aim to help get your place clean for spring


Jim Mansfield, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4016

Vancouver, WA – You can get help when cleaning your garage, shed, patio or yard to make your home safer and more enjoyable this spring. Just head to a household waste collection event sponsored by Clark County, local cities and the Washington Department of Ecology.

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste, block foam and unwanted electronics by dropping them off starting Saturday, April 6. Here are the guidelines and schedule through May:

Household hazardous waste
Includes pesticides, paints, solvents, batteries, thinners, motor oil, antifreeze and cleaners. Look for signal words, such as poison, danger, warning, caution or flammable.
Accepted: Most household hazardous wastes, but no commercial or industrial waste.
Not accepted: Explosives, ammunition, biological materials or business-generated hazardous waste. Call Clark County Environmental Services, (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, for information on where to properly dispose of those materials.

Block foam
Accepted: Clean and bagged foam from households.
Not accepted: Plastic-wrapped yellow urethane foam, hot tub covers, packaging peanuts or foam from businesses.

Accepted: Computers, monitors, televisions, printers, videocassette recorders, typewriters and cell phones.
Not accepted: Microwave ovens, smoke detectors and large appliances.

Mobile collection events
• April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road.
• April 13, 9 to 11 a.m., Amboy Middle School, 22115 N.E. Chelatchie Road.
• April 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Yacolt Primary School, 406 W. Yacolt Road.
• April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark College, Purple 1 Lot, 1900 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.
• April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sharp Electronics, 5700 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas.
• April 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Frito-Lay, 4808 N.W. Fruit Valley Road, Vancouver.
• May 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark County Fire & Rescue Station 23, 414 E. Cedar Ave., La Center.
• May 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Department of Public Works Shop, 2201 C St.
• May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fishers Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. south parking lot, Vancouver.

Other disposal options

Block foam and electronics – For other options, look for “electronic material” and “block foam” at:

Hazardous waste – Three collection facilities in Clark County accept residents’ household hazardous waste at no charge on specific days:

Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Central Transfer Center Station
11034 N.E. 117th Ave.
(360) 256-8482

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West Van Recovery Center
6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road
(360) 737-1727

Third Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 S. Grant St.
(360) 835-2500

Disposal of household hazardous waste at permanent collection facilities or mobile collection events is free. The permanent facilities, unlike the collection events, have a 25-gallon or 220-pound limit. The facilities will not accept unlabeled products, empty paint cans or containers, leaking containers, explosives, ammunition, radioactive material, biological and infectious materials or hazardous waste generated by businesses.

Clark County and its cities also offer free home collection to eligible senior citizens and residents with disabilities who have no way to transport household hazardous waste to collection facilities or mobile events. To see if you qualify or for related information, call (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352.

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Clark County Environmental Services: Don Benton, Director
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2121| FAX: (360) 397-2062
TTY: (800) 833-6384

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