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. That can cause major harm to the environment. There are proper ways to dispose of them so that no one is harmed. Unwanted medication can be disposed of at several sites across Clark County throughout the year. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to participating pharmacies. See “Medications” at www.RecyclingA-Z.com.
City of Vancouver and Clark County have numerous opportunities throughout the year to dispose of household hazardous waste. Look for additional information regarding on-going disposal options at www.RecyclingA-Z.com.
Household Hazardous Waste - Collection Sites
Solvents, paints, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, batteries, and other chemicals should not be included in your garbage. Up to 25 gallons of household hazardous wastes are accepted from residents free of charge on designated days at the following locations. There are a number of opportunities to safely remove household hazardous waste by dropping them off at permanent collection sites located throughout the city and county. See bottom of webpage for maps to each facility.
Central Transfer and Recycling Center
11034 NE 117th Avenue
(Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 NW Old Lower River Road
(Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 South Grant Street
(3rd Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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
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: