Wondering what to do with all those leaves this year? Well, to help residents take care of the fallen leaves, the City of Vancouver is again offering Fall Leaf Coupons. Vancouver and Clark County residents can redeem the free leaf disposal coupons through Dec. 20, 2014, at City Bark, H&H Wood Recyclers or West Van Materials Recovery Center. Please note that this is coupon is for LEAVES ONLY. Other yard debris materials will be charged at regular prices.
It is important to remove leaves from our yards and street gutters to avoid causing pools of standing water and localized street flooding. Residents and businesses should NOT rake or blow leaves into the street where they can block storm drain catch basin. Additional coupons will be available at the drop off sites and in the fall recycling newsletter.
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. You may also want to check out Clark County's Green Neighbors website for more information about any coming recycling events: www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html. Not sure if it's a household hazardous waste? Look it up on our Recycling A-Z waste wizard widget.
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.
Empower Up provides convenient block foam recycling collections, along with electronics recycling, at 3206 NE 52nd Street. 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. Empower Up also accepts number 6 clean white block foam.
See their website at www.Empowerup.org or call 360-314-6388 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, just like normal, 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. However, West Van Materials and Central Transfer and Recycling have now stopped accepting mixed rigid plastic and film plastic – These don’t go in your blue cart, either! Film plastic can be recycled at many grocery stores. Look for a collection bin near the store entrance.
At this time, Far West Fibers in Portland is accepting most of the rigid plastics no longer accepted at local transfer stations. Click here to see Far West Fibers' 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: