FAQ: Household Hazardous Wastes
Jackson County has one collection event each spring, typically in May. The 2015 dates are to be decided. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both
days. It is open to households both days and we charge $5.00 per car. It will be held at Rogue Transfer & Recycling, 8001 Table Rock Road, White
Bring items such as:
- Cleaning supplies, like window cleaners, drain cleaners, etc; any product containing bleach or ammonia
- Old pesticides and insecticides
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Weed killers not currently approved for use
- Old fuels like kerosene or gas
- Thinners and paint removers
- Light ballast
- Thermostats or thermometers containing mercury
What NOT to bring:
- No latex or oil based paints – go to www.paintcare.org to see local take back locations
- No Fluorescent light tubes or bulbs – find out how to recycle them click here.
- No medical or biological waste like needles or syringes
- No explosives
- No radioactive material
- No ammunition – contact local law enforcement
- No asbestos – find out how to safely handle and dispose of asbestos click here.
- No propane tanks – they can be recycled at the transfer station for a fee
- No 55 gallon drums – not a typical household item
- No metal canisters or pressurized cylinders like fire extinguishers
The cost to test, handle and dispose of these containers can exceed $2000 per drum. Since this is typically industrial waste, we don’t want to pass the cost on to residential users in our area. If you do have a drum to dispose of, please give us a call and we will give you some options.
Think of that as a co-pay. The actual cost for this event typically exceeds $125 per car. Luckily, subsidies from the solid waste haulers, Jackson and Josephine Counties and cities within our area pay for 96% of the cost. The modest $5 fee helps pay for the rest
- Buy only what you need then use it up.
- If you end up with products left over, share them with family, friends and neighbors.
- Read the labels before you buy. Watch for words like “danger”, “warning,” and “caution.” Follow the directions carefully. Whenever possible, consider using a safer alternative.
- Dispose of these items safely—at our Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event!
- Go to www.jcrecycle.org for more information on hazardous waste alternatives.
The hazardous waste contractor is not prepared to accept explosive materials of any sort – including propane tanks. However, propane tanks are accepted
for recycling at our transfer station and the fee is $6.50 each.
Fluorescent tubes do not need to be handled as hazardous waste, but are not allowed in the regular trash. Click here to see how to recycle them and what the fees are.
Some of the oils, paints and other flammable liquids go to a facility in the Midwest to be used as cement kiln fuel.
The rest goes to a specially designed hazardous waste landfill in Arlington, Oregon. Any waste that is reactive or may contain PCB’s ends up in Texas for destructive incineration.
Simply put, this event takes months of planning and is very costly to run. In an area of this size, we feel one event per year provides ample opportunity to properly dispose of household hazardous waste, thus keeping it out of the landfill.
If you miss the event, store your materials safely at home until the next event, usually held each spring in May. Josephine County holds their collection event in the fall, usually in September, and Jackson County residents are welcome to participate.
Businesses generating small quantities of hazardous waste can take advantage of our special Conditionally Exempt Generator Day during the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event.
This service is by application only and appointments are made in advance. Fees are charged according to the type and volume of the waste being disposed. The 2017 application form is available here.
Short on lawn chemicals? Looking for half a can of rust remover? Experienced site chemists will be on hand all day to sort through everything that comes in—setting the “still useable” items on a special table.
These carefully chosen, safely packaged items are yours to take—free! Stop by during the event and see what is available.