The song goes….Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone…..
Hazardous Waste…….we all have some. Chemicals that are not allowed in the regular trash because of the hazards they present to the landfill and yes, the garbage truck itself,
How do you know if a product is hazardous?
Always read the product labels. Signal words to look for on the label are DANGER, POISON, WARNING, or CAUTION. Products are considered hazardous if they have one or more of the following properties:
- Flammable / combustible – can be easily set on fire
- Explosive / reactive – can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, sudden shock, pressure, or incompatible substances
- Corrosive – chemical action can burn or destroy living tissues or other materials when brought in contact
- Toxic – capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption
Collections of hazardous waste are usually twice a year. The collections alternate between Newberg and McMinnville so people can use the opportunity to clean out their household of these items. The next household hazardous waste collection event will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am to 1pm at the Newberg Transfer Station (2904 S. Wynooski Street). [Well, if you did not read this when it was first posted, you’re okay! Good News! The next household hazardous waste collection event will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 9am to 1pm at Recology Western Oregon (1850 Lafayette Ave) in McMinnville. For more info call 503-434-7445.]
The Yamhill County Commission, recognizing that the collections have not been widely used, are thinking of discontinuing the service.
This is the time to make sure you get your garage or basement or storage building cleared out. And if the activity is good, then the service may remain. It’s really up to you.
So, what is eligible?
- Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
- Aerosol paints (spray cans)
- Auto and marine paints
- Art and craft paints
- Caulk, epoxies, glues, adhesives
- Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
- Wood preservatives, (containing pesticides)
- Roof patch & repair
- Tar and bitumen-based products
- 2-component coatings
- Deck cleaners
- Traffic and road marking paints
- Industrial maintenance coatings
- Original equipment manufacturer paints and finishes
- Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
- Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
- Primers, sealers, under coaters
- Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes, (single component)
- Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
- Metal coatings, rust preventatives
- Field and lawn paints
The regularly scheduled household hazardous waste collection for McMinnville is usually held in the Fall. If the County decides to eliminate the collection or if you have something you want to get rid of at another time of the year there are two Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection locations:
the First Saturday each month from 9am to 3pm
FREE to Yamhill County RESIDENTS
9am to 4pm – $5.00 charge for up to 32 gal