What is hazardous?
- paints and stains
- pool and spa chemicals
- pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and poisons
- motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids
- thinners and solvents
- household cleaners and disinfectants
- art and hobby chemicals
- aerosol spray products
- sharps (medical syringes)
- propane tanks or bottles from barbecue grills
- compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs, fluorescent tubes and ballasts
- mercury-containing items such as thermometers and thermostats
More common hazardous products
Household hazardous waste fees
$5 for up to 35 gallons of hazardous waste, and $5 for each additional 35 gallons. Additional charges for containers larger than 10 gallons.
Disposing of hazardous waste
Never put hazardous waste down the sink, on the ground, down a storm drain or in your garbage can. Bring items to one of Metro's drop-off sites or a neighborhood collection event. Metro recycles most of the hazardous waste it collects and disposes of the rest in a specially designed landfill. Keep these items separate from garbage and recycling.
Drop off old paint free of charge at a Metro facility or a PaintCare collection center. Metro recycles latex paint and sells it in 5-gallon pails and 1-gallon cans.
Search Metro's online database for other hazardous waste disposal options near you.
If you live in Oregon outside Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington counties, call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253) for household hazardous waste information in your community.
How to prep your hazardous waste