Disposal of Hazardous Waste, Medications, and Medical Sharps

Hazardous waste, medications, and medical sharps do not belong in your garbage or recycling. These items contain chemicals that are harmful to our health or to the air, water, and soil and should be properly disposed of at a hazardous waste facility.

Common Hazardous Products

  • aerosol spray products
  • art and hobby chemicals
  • automotive fluids
  • batteries
  • fire extinguishers
  • household cleaners and disinfectants
  • mercury-containing products (fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, thermometers, thermostats)
  • paints, stains, solvents and thinners
  • pesticides and poisons
  • pool and spa chemicals
  • propane tanks
  • sharps (medical syringes, lancets, etc.)
  • unwanted or expired medicines and drugs

Full list of hazardous materials and information on safe storage and disposal.

Disposal of Unwanted or Expired Medicines and Drugs

Unwanted and unused drugs may be dropped off at some police and sheriff station offices. Drop off instructions, locations, and hours.

Disposal of Medical Waste or Sharps

It is illegal to dispose of syringes and other medical sharps in the garbage, in Oregon. Medical sharps must be disposed of in an approved sharps container, available at many local pharmacies, medical supply stores, and at Metro hazardous waste facilities. Learn more about sharps disposal and Metro’s container exchange program.

Your garbage and recycling company may have a program to assist you with disposal of sharps.

Try Safer Cleaning Alternatives

Safer alternatives are available for pest control and home improvement projects at various stores. You can also make non-toxic green cleaners yourself for a fraction of the cost.


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