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Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

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Safe Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Do you have unwanted hazardous products stored in your home? You can bring such products to Metro’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Just follow these simple instructions.

Step One: Identify hazardous products in your home.

Look for the following warning words on product labels.

  • Caution         
  • Toxic
  • Corrosive
  • Pesticide
  • Combustible
  • Poison
  • Flammable
  • Warning
  • Danger

Product examples:

  • Paints, thinners, solvents
  • Pesticides,herbicides,fertilizers, poisons
  • Waste motor oil, antifreeze, automotive fluids
  • Household cleaners, pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals(art supplies, photo chemicals, ect.)
  • Batteries (automotive and household)
  • Aerosol spray cans.

Never poor these products down the drain or put them in the trash. They contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

Step Two: Prepare products properly.

  • Keep products in original containers when possible. If a product does not have its original label, label it yourself if you’re sure of its contents.
  • Do not mix products together. Dangerous reactions can occur when some products are mixed.
  • Make sure products are properly sealed to prevent spills and leaks. If a container is leaking, secure it in a second leak proof container.
  • Pack the containers in sturdy boxes in the trunk of your vehicle, away from the driver, passengers and pets. Cardboard boxes work well.  Please do not use plastic bags. Containers including gas cans can not be returned to you, so make sure you don’t need them for future use.
  • Remember to always store products in a secure place, children, pets and heat, sparks or flame.

Aerosol cans Aerosol cans that are not empty should be disposed of as hazardous household waste.


Antifreeze Antifreeze recovery systems with recycling containers are available from many retail automotive supply retailers. Used antifreeze is recyclable at Metro’s Solid waste and recycling facilities and through some private recyclers.


Cans of dried paint and empty containers Remove the lid and discard in garbage. Your waste hauler will accept these only if the lid is removed.


Motor oil Used motor oil can also be recycled at the curb with other materials in the Portland Metropolitan  area.  Poor oil into an unbreakable, see- through container with a screw on lid ( milk jugas work well ). Used oil filters should be disposed of at the hazardous waste facility.

Step Three: Bring your materials to one of Metro Recycling's Facilities

  • Location A: 6161 Nw 61st, Portland -- From Northwest St. Helens Road(Hwy.30), turn north onto kittridge to Front Avenue. Turn left onto Front and left onto Northwest 61st. Follow signs.
  • Location B: 2001 Washington Street, Oregon City -- Just off I-205 at the Park Place/ Mololla exit( exit 10). Follow the exit to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Washington Street. The facility is the first building on the right side of the street. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days a week. Closed for major Holidays, Call 234-3000 for specifics. Fees: 5$ minimum- small to moderate loads(standard trunk load, approximately equivalent to one shopping car