Get rid of household hazards at free events, help keep the earth clean
Vancouver, WA – Learn more about safe storage, use and disposal of hazardous products by taking advantage of free collection events starting Saturday, Sept. 28 and running through Saturday, Oct. 5.
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.
Without proper disposal, these products can harm people, pets and the environment. 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.
Clark County Environmental Services, in partnership with Clark County cities, will sponsor several opportunities to rid your home of household hazards during Household Hazardous Waste Awareness Week:
• Block foam, electronic waste and household hazardous waste collection – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, Fishers Landing Transit Center (south parking lot), 3510 S.E. 164th Ave.
• Mercury thermometer, unused prescription, hearing aid, cell phone and eyeglass collection – 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 1, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St. Use the 23rd Avenue entrance.
• Mercury thermometer, unused prescription, hearing aid, cell phone and eyeglass collection – 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, PeaceHealth Southwest 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. 5, 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 materials also can be taken to these permanent collection facilities during set times and dates:
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
Disposal of household hazardous waste at permanent facilities or satellite events is free; however, there is a 25-gallon or 220-pound limit per visit at the collection facilities. The waste facilities and collection events do not accept unlabeled products, empty paint cans or containers, leaking containers, explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials or biological and infectious wastes. Please call for assistance if you have these materials or if your waste is from a business. Materials must be in the original container.
Clark County and its cities also sponsor a free Home Collection Program for eligible senior citizens and disabled residents who have no means of transporting household hazardous waste to collection facilities or mobile collection events. To see if you qualify for pick-up, call Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121, ext. 4352.
For more information about hazardous waste disposal, including disposal options for businesses, call (360) 397-2121, ext. 4352 or visit RecyclingA-Z.com.
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