Hazardous Waste FAQs

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.

Why can’t I drop off propane tanks or cylinders?

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.

Where does all this hazardous waste go for disposal?

Some of the oils, paints and other flammable liquids go to a facility in the Midwest to be used as cement kiln fuel. Some go there for destructive incineration. Some of the waste may go to a specially designed hazardous waste landfill in Arlington, Oregon.

Why is there only one household hazardous waste event per year?

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.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this event. On average this event costs approximately $100 per car to process. Your local solid waste collection hauler shares the cost of this event.

What do I do if my business has hazardous waste?

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 go to https://roguedisposal.com/transfer-station/hazardous-waste or call Rogue Disposal & Recycling at 779-4161.

What is the “re-use table”?

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.

Any other waste prevention tips?

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!