Some household products can harm you and/or the environment. Read the label. If you see the words DANGER, POISON, CAUTION, or WARNING on the label, consider the product hazardous. That’s true even if the label also includes words such as NATURAL or GREEN, which currently have no legal definition.
Most Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) commonly fall into one of the following categories:
- Automotive products – oil, antifreeze, gasoline, brake and transmission fluid
- Household cleaners – oven cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, and some laundry products
- Paints/Solvents – latex and oil-based paints, paint thinners, varnishes, and wood preservatives
- Poisons – insecticides/pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
Solvents, paints, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals should never be poured down a sink or stormwater drain. They do not belong inside your garbage or recycling cart. Also batteries, motor oil, and antifreeze – can be collected curbside, separately and placed appropriately, along with your recycle cart. Visit RecycleU to learn more.
To help you with proper and safe disposal, up to 25 gallons or 200 pounds of household hazardous wastes are accepted from residents free of charge on designated days at the transfer stations listed here.
For a quick check, use the free RecycleRight App or use the Item Lookup. Enter the name of the item you no longer need and hit the “Search” to get answers to your disposal and recycling questions.
Central Transfer and
11034 NE 117th Avenue
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 NW Old Lower River Rd
Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 South Grant Street
1st and 3rd Saturday, monthly, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit www.columbiaresourcecompany.com to check the camera for a real-time idea of possible lines at the transfer stations.
Conveniently recycle paint at several Clark County locations. Visit www.PaintCare.org for locations, acceptable materials and quantities. Paint is also accepted as HHW at the transfer stations (see above).
Improper disposal of unwanted medication and medical waste also can cause harm to humans, pets and the environment. Clark County Public Health has teamed up with the nonprofit MED-Project LLC to provide free disposal of expired, unwanted or unused medicine safely and conveniently. In Clark County, there are many drop-off sites residents can visit during business hours to dispose of unwanted or expired medicine. If driving is not an option, medications can be mailed in after filling out the online form.
Contact PREVENT! Coalition for additional resources, 360-952-3397 or www.preventcoalition.org.
Disposal of Used Sharps
Sharps are medical needles, scalpels, and other small sharp instruments. Sharps come from diabetics, livestock and pet owners, and others who must give injections at home. Used sharps should never be placed in your garbage or recycle carts or flushed down the toilet. Instead, utilize one of the options below:
Heavy-duty plastic containers designed for collecting used sharps are available for purchase at many pharmacies. If an approved sharps container is not available, use a container with a well-secured lid, preferably made of rigid plastic. Be sure to label it: “Warning Sharps – Do Not Recycle”.