Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Get patios, yards, garages free of hazards to make summer safer

The following information is shared from Clark County Environmental Services

May 29, 2013

Contact:     Jim Mansfield, Environmental Services
                     (360) 397-2121 ext. 4016;

Get patios, yards, garages free of hazards to make summer safer 
Vancouver, WA – You can get help to make your home safer for your family, friends and pets this summer by removing fire hazards, poisons and other dangerous materials. Just head to a household waste collection event sponsored by Clark County, local cities and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste, block foam and unwanted electronics by dropping them off starting this Saturday in Camas. Here are the guidelines and upcoming schedule:

Household hazardous waste
Includes pesticides, paints, solvents, batteries, thinners, motor oil, antifreeze and cleaners. Look for signal words, such as poison, danger, warning, caution or flammable.
Accepted: Most household hazardous wastes, but no commercial or industrial waste.
Not accepted: Explosives, ammunition, biological materials or business-generated hazardous waste. Call Clark County Environmental Services, (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, for information on where to properly dispose of those materials.

Block foam
Accepted: Clean and bagged foam from households.
Not accepted: Plastic-wrapped yellow urethane foam, hot tub covers, packaging peanuts or foam from businesses.

Accepted: Computers, monitors, televisions, printers, videocassette recorders, typewriters and cell phones.
Not accepted: Microwave ovens, smoke detectors and large appliances.

Mobile collection events
  • June 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Camas Operations Center, 1620 S.E. Eighth Ave.
  • June 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark County Fire and Rescue Station 26 (Dollars Corner), 21609 N.E. 72nd Ave.
  • June 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lowe’s 18801 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.
  • July 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark County Fire and Rescue Station 27, 505 S.W. First St., Battle Ground.
  • July 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fire District 3 Station 3-1, 17718 N.E. 159th St., Hockinson
  • Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fisher’s Landing Transit Center (south parking lot), 3510 S.E. 164th Ave., Vancouver.
  • Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark County Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.
Other disposal options

Block foam and electronics – For other options, look for “electronic material” and “block foam” at:

Hazardous waste – Three collection facilities in Clark County accept residents’ household hazardous waste at no charge on specific days:

Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Central Transfer Center Station
11034 N.E. 117th Ave.
(360) 256-8482

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West Van Recovery Center
6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road
(360) 737-1727

Third Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Washougal Transfer Station
4020 S. Grant St.
(360) 835-2500

Disposal of household hazardous waste at permanent collection facilities or mobile collection events is free. The permanent facilities, unlike the collection events, have a 25-gallon or 220-pound limit. The facilities do not accept unlabeled products, empty paint cans or containers, leaking containers, explosives, ammunition, radioactive material, biological and infectious materials or hazardous waste generated by businesses.

Clark County and its cities also offer free home collection to eligible senior citizens and residents with disabilities who have no way to take materials to collection facilities or mobile events. To see if you qualify or for related information, call (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352. 

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