Hazardous Waste FAQs
- Why don’t you want 55-gallon drums? What can I do with the ones I have?
- Why is there a minimum charge of $5?
- Why can’t I drop off propane tanks or cylinders?
- Why can’t I bring my old fluorescent tubes?
- Where does all this hazardous waste go for disposal?
- Why is there only one household hazardous waste event per year?
- How much does it cost?
- What do I do if my business has hazardous waste?
- What is the “re-use table”?
- Any other waste prevention tips?
Why don’t you want 55-gallon drums?
What can I do with the ones I have?
The cost to test, handle and dispose of these containers can exceed $2000 per drum. Since this is typically industrial waste, we don’t want to pass the cost on to residential users in our area. If you do have a drum to dispose of, please give us a call and we will give you some options.
Think of that as a co-pay. The actual cost for this event typically exceeds $125 per car. Luckily, subsidies from the solid waste haulers, Jackson and Josephine Counties and cities within our area pay for 96% of the cost. The modest $5 fee helps pay for the rest.
The hazardous waste contractor is not prepared to accept explosive materials of any sort-including propane tanks and other cylinders. However, these tanks can be recycled for a fee at many recycle centers. If they are empty and the valve is removed many metal recyclers will also accept them.
Fluorescent tubes do not need to be handled as hazardous waste. Click here for a list of recyclers who handle fluorescent tubes. Rogue Transfer and Recycling accepts them for recycling. Call for current pricing. Recology’s Water Street depot accepts 3 tubes at no charge from households.
Some of the oils, paints and other flammable liquids go to a facility in the Midwest to be used as cement kiln fuel. The rest goes to a specially designed hazardous waste landfill in Arlington, Oregon. Any waste that is reactive or may contain PCB’s ends up in Texas for destructive incineration.
Simply put, this event takes months of planning and is very costly to run. In an area of this size, we feel one event per year provides ample opportunity to properly dispose of household hazardous waste, thus keeping it out of the landfill. If you miss the event, store your materials safely at home until the next event, usually held each spring in May. Josephine County also holds a once a year event in the fall, usually September, that Jackson County residents are welcome to attend. Contact Southern Oregon Sanitation for more information. www.sosanitation.com
How much does it cost?
The minimum $5 charge includes the first cubic yard of hazardous waste—a volume equal to six 32-gallon trash cans filled level. If you have more than one cubic yard of waste, your charge will increase accordingly.
Businesses generating small quantities of hazardous waste can take advantage of our special Conditionally Exempt Generator Day during the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event. This service is by application only and appointments are made in advance. Fees are charged according to the type and volume of the waste being disposed. If you are interested, please call Rogue Disposal & Recycling at 779-4161.
Short on lawn chemicals? Looking for half a can of rust remover? Experienced site chemists will be on hand all day to sort through everything that comes in—setting the “still useable” items on a special table. These carefully chosen, safely packaged items are yours to take—free! Stop by during the event and see what is available.
- Buy only what you need then use it up.
- If you end up with products left over, share them with family, friends and neighbors.
- Read the labels before you buy. Watch for words like “danger”, “warning,” and “caution.” Follow the directions carefully. Whenever possible, consider using a safer alternative.
- Dispose of these items safely—at our Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event!