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2016 Cleanup and Recycling Events
Look for several cleanup events in Vancouver and Clark County in 2016 that provide residents with an opportunity to manage a variety of special wastes through reuse, recycling or safe disposal. What can you do with old paint, household and yard chemicals, tires, electronics and other bulky and potentially hazardous items that can’t be picked up with your regular curbside garbage and recycling? It’s simple. You can take many items to a special recycling event near you. Get more details at: www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/recyclingday.
IMPORTANT: As of May 2015, there are no programs or processors in Clark County accepting block foam for recycling. This will also apply to the special collections listed above. This information will be updated should that status change in the future. Until further notice, residents should put block foam in the garbage.
Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Not all household products are harmless. If the label says DANGER, POISON, CAUTION or WARNING on the label, consider the product hazardous. What should you do with it when it's no longer wanted or needed? Be safe! Vancouver residents have a variety of options for proper disposal of household hazardous waste. Visit our household hazardous waste webpage to learn more.
Not sure if it's a household hazardous waste? Look it up on our Recycling A-Z waste wizard widget. You may also want to check out special recycling day events: www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/recyclingday.
Recycle Fluorescent Lights
As of Jan. 1, 2015, residents of Washington State will be able to recycle fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and other mercury-containing lights at no charge. LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular tubes), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high intensity discharge lights, which are commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts. Both individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day.
Get locations and other info from LightRecyle Washington's website at www.lightrecyclewa.org.
Dispose of Unwanted Medications
What do you do with medication you no longer need or want? To start, never ever flush unwanted medication down the toilet or dump them down the drain where they can cause major harm to the environment. Unwanted medication can be disposed of at several sites across Clark County throughout the year.
Controlled substances, such as pain killers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to participating pharmacies. Visit www.RXReturnClarkCounty.org for more details on the safe disposal of unwanted medications.
Get Empowered All Year Long! Free E-Waste Recycling
Empower Up provides convenient electronics recycling at 5000 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Suite E101. Empower Up is a reuse and recycling center that accepts donated computers and electronics, working or not. Reused electronics are sold to the public at discount prices in their Reuse store. Empower Up works with local nonprofits as well, to distribute reused electronics to those in need in Clark County.
See their website at www.Empowerup.org or call 360-314-4171 for more details. Donation hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Reuse store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Vancouver residents can use their blue recycling carts to recycle many plastics at the curb.Toss these plastics in the blue recycling cart: clean plastic bottles; yogurt, margarine and other clean tubs; and 5-gallon or less nursery pots and buckets. Click here to learn more about what can go into your recycling cart.
You can also recycle the same plastics that go into the curbside cart at local transfer station drop-off areas. West Van Materials and Central Transfer and Recycling accept mixed rigid plastics the size of a five-gallon bucket and smaller. They have a separate container for clean film plastic. Film plastic can also be recycled at many grocery stores. Look for a collection bin near the store entrance.
Far West Recycling in Portland accepts most rigid plastics including bulky rigids. Click here to see Far West Recycling's brochure regarding plastic and learn what materials are accepted and how they must be sorted. Far West Fibers has two locations: 12820 NE Marx Street Portland, OR 97230; and 2005 N Rosa Parks Way Portland, OR 9721.
Severe weather can whip up a number of garbage and recycling related issues. Here are some tips and facts that you should know:
- When strong, high winds are forecast, please do not put out garbage and recycling until the morning of collection, if possible. You'll avoid having containers tipped over, and your neighbors will thank you, too! Just remember to have your items at the curb in the morning, when pickup begins at 6:30 a.m.
- Downed limbs and trees on private property are the responsibility of the private property owner. Resources for yard debris may be found here.
- City of Vancouver Operations Center crews respond to trees and limbs that fall into the street and block traffic. You can use our online Service Request to report non-emergency Public Works requests, including street maintenance, traffic signals, parks and other City facilities, water, sewer, and drainage issues. For Vancouver Public Works 24-hour emergency service requests, please call 360-693-9302.
- Get more information here about inclement weather and its potential impact on garbage and recycling collections.
- To learn more about how Public Works prioritizes street maintenance in severe weather and to learn more about how you can protect pipes from freezing, help prevent street flooding, get tips for travel, sign up for Public Works Severe Weather updates.
- To learn about protecting trees, hiring a tree care professional or meeting the city's requirements, please visit our Urban Forestry site.
Central Transfer and Recycling Center
11034 NE 117th AvenueVancouver, WA
West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 NW Old Lower River RoadVancouver, WA
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 South Grant StreetWashougal, WA