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The county wants your waste

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – All residents of Umatilla County can take advantage of the free household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pendleton Convention Center. The county was awarded a state grant to pay for the service. Coordinator Gina Miller says that in addition to the county, it’s sponsored by the city of Pendleton, and the county’s privately run sanitary services.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for Umatilla County residents to be able to get rid of some of those toxic materials that they have underneath the sink and on the shelf in the shop,” Miller said.

Since experts have to come in to deal with the waste that’s being turned in, such events can cost around $65,000 to operate. The money from the Department of Environmental Quality will cover the cost.

“It is free,” Miller said. “It’s very important to note that because some of these events do charge people to bring these materials in, but this one is free to all residents of Umatilla County.”

Typical hazardous waste materials include paints, paint thinners, car batteries, automobile fluids, hobby products, and yard care products. There will also be a drop-off area for old prescription medicines and sharps (needles). Ni Cad batteries, home heating oil, aerosol cans, and photography supplies are also on the list of acceptable items.

There are some items that people should not bring. Those include radioactive waste, tires, ammunition, and fireworks.

The day before, the county is sponsoring an appointment-only agriculture, pesticide, and small business waste collection event. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling Clean Harbors at 971-401-0367.

For more information about either event, call Gina Miller at 541-278-6300 or visit https://www.facebook.com/2018HHW/.

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