Take advantage of free events to rid your home of hazards this fall
Vancouver, WA – With fall in the air, it’s time to get yards, garages, patios and sheds ready for winter by cleaning, storing and disposing of household items.
You can clear out hazardous products in ways that don’t harm people, pets or the environment during the first week of October, at free events sponsored by Clark County Environmental Services in cooperation with local cities.
Household hazardous waste includes pesticides, paints, solvents, batteries, cleaners, motor oil and other common products. Look on the label for the following signal words: poison, corrosive, combustible, caustic, volatile, flammable, danger, caution or warning.
Upcoming events include:
• Mercury thermometer, unused prescription, hearing aid, cell phone and eyeglass collections:
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St. Use the 23rd Avenue entrance.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 to 4 p.m. Southwest Washington Medical Center, 400 N.E. Mother Joseph Place. Collection site is at the entrance to the Education Center, just south of the Northeast 92nd Avenue entrance.
• Block foam, electronic waste and household hazardous waste collection – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.
Certain types of foam will not be accepted at collection events: packing peanuts of any type; foam hot tub covers; soft squishy foam; and plastic-wrapped yellow urethane foam.
Household hazardous waste and limited electronics (computers, monitors, TVs, laptops and e-readers) can be taken to these permanent collection facilities during set times and dates (no block foam is accepted at these sites):
Central Transfer and Recycling Center
11034 N.E. 117th Ave.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 S. Grant St.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. third Saturday of the month
Acceptable block foam and most electronics (no microwave ovens) can also be taken to:
5000 E. Fourth Plain
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Household hazardous waste should never be dumped in a ditch or onto the ground, poured down a storm drain, flushed into a septic tank or sanitary sewer, or placed in the garbage. Disposal at permanent facilities or satellite events is free. However, there is a 25-gallon or 220-pound limit per visit at the collection facilities.
Materials must be in the original container. Unlabeled products, empty paint cans or containers, leaking containers, explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials or biological and infectious wastes cannot be accepted. Please call for assistance if you have these materials or if your waste is from a business.
Senior citizens and people with disabilities may have items picked up at their homes if they have no way to take them to collection sites. To find out if you qualify, call Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121, ext. 4352.
For more information, including disposal options for businesses, call (360) 397-2121, ext. 4352 or visit RecyclingA-Z.com.
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