Pamplin Media Group – The collection of household hazardous waste is scheduled for October 2



Several organizations are offering the free event to the Jefferson County Fire District

A free household hazardous waste collection event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, 765 SE Fifth St. in Madras.

Jefferson County Public Works, City of Madras, Jefferson County Fire District, Madras Sanitary Service and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality have collaborated to organize this event, which is open to the public to dispose of household hazardous waste.

Safely removing hazardous products from homes is good for the health of humans, pets, and the environment. This event will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including contactless and mask removal requirements.

Waste must be kept in containers not exceeding 5 gallons in volume.

Items accepted include pesticides and poisons, thermometers, thermostats, mercury and items containing mercury, fluorescent lights, lamps / ballasts, polishes, household cleaners, pool chemicals, rust inhibitors, solvents, degreasers, motor oil, antifreeze, engine and brake cleaner, transmission and brake fluid, paint and paint thinners, automotive / marine paint, wood preservatives, kerosene / gas, aerosols, batteries, arts and crafts supplies, adhesives and photographic chemicals.

Do not bring radioactive waste, ammunition, asbestos, explosives, sharp objects, pharmaceuticals or electronic waste.

Organizers are taking steps to ensure the safety of the public and event staff with certain COVID-19 instructions.

Materials will not be collected in the passenger compartments. Place all materials in the trunk, SUV cargo area, or truck bed. If your materials are not there, you will be asked to exit the line and move the materials. Store products in original containers when possible. Group items in sturdy boxes or containers, not plastic bags. No additional passengers. Wear a mask when approached by staff. Follow the directions on the signs to the event upon arrival.

For more information, call Laurie Gordon of DEQ at 541-633-2029.

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