FAQ: Household Hazardous Waste

FAQ: Household Hazardous Wastes

What do I do with my household hazardous waste?

Jackson County has one collection event each spring, typically early May.  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
City.

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
  • Batteries (alkaline and rechargeable)
  • 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

Why don’t you want 55-gallon drums, and what can I do with the ones I have?

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.

Why is there a minimum charge of $5?

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 event.

Any other waste prevention tips?

  • 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.

Why can’t I drop off propane tanks or cylinders at the event?

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. Contact us for the current charge.

Why can’t I bring my old fluorescent tubes to the event?

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.

Where does all this hazardous waste go for disposal?

Some of the oils and other flammable liquids go to a facility in the Midwest to be used as cement kiln fuel.

The rest ends up at facilities owned by the hazardous waste contractor for destructive incineration.

Why is there only one household hazardous waste event per year?

Simply put, this event takes months of planning and is very costly to run. We are thankful we can provide the annual opportunity to properly dispose of household hazardous waste in Jackson County, 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.

What do I do if my business has hazardous waste?

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.

What is the “re-use table”?

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.

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