To help local residents get rid of unused or unneeded hazardous waste products in their homes, Clatsop County will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at 2320 SE 12th Place in Warrenton, near the Astoria Airport.

County residents can bring in a variety of toxic, flammable and other materials for disposal at no charge. The following items are examples of what will be accepted: bug, weed, pest killers; poisons, cleaners, rechargeable batteries; paints, stains, thinners, solvents, wood preservatives; auto/boat fluids, gas, antifreeze; mercury-containing thermometers, fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs; and home arts, photography, hobby supplies and more.

Residents with material for the Collection Day event should keep the products in their original containers, secured with lids, and placed in boxes.

The following materials will not be accepted at the event: medications or medical waste, including syringes; tires; explosives; radioactive or asbestos materials; and business or construction waste.

A collection time for businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste a month, designated as Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGs), will be held May 3 at the same location by appointment only. No drop-ins will be accepted. For CEG registration, call Clean Harbors Environmental Services at (503) 305-2159.

The collection event is the product of the Clatsop County Household Hazardous Waste Program, a collaborative project between the county, cities, Western Oregon Waste and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategy for reducing and properly disposing of residential hazardous waste. Each year the program hosts a waste collection event, alternating between the north and south county.

The program is funded by a small surcharge on all solid waste going through WOW’s Transfer Station in Astoria. Clean Harbors Environmental Services, a national hazardous waste management company, is contracted to collect and properly dispose of the materials brought to the Collection Day events. The last two county events collected more than 122,000 pounds of hazardous material.

For information, go to “Household Hazardous Waste” at www.co.clatsop.or.us or call Clatsop County Public Health at 503-325-8500.

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