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Several organizations are offering the free event at the Jefferson County Fire District

A free household hazardous waste collection event is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, 765 SE Fifth St. in Madras.

Jefferson County Public Works, City of Madras, Jefferson County Fire District, Madras Sanitary Service and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality have been working together to provide this event, which is open to the public to dispose of household hazardous waste.

Safely removing hazardous products from homes is good for human, pet and environmental health. This event will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including contactless drop off and mask requirements.

Waste must fit in containers that do not exceed 5 gallons in volume.

Accepted items include pesticides and poisons, thermometers, thermostats, mercury and mercury-containing items, fluorescent, lights/ballasts, polishes, household cleaners, pool chemicals, rust remover, solvents, degreasers, motor oil, antifreeze, engine and brake cleaner, transmission and brake fluid, paint and paint thinners, automotive/marine paint, wood preservatives, kerosene/gas, aerosols, batteries, arts and craft supplies, adhesives, and photographic chemicals.

Do not bring radioactive waste, ammunition, asbestos, explosives, sharps, pharmaceuticals or electronic waste.

Organizers are taking steps to keep the public and event staff safe with some COVID-19 instructions.

Materials will not be collected from passenger compartments. Place all materials in trunk, SUV cargo area or truck bed. If your materials are not in these locations, you will be asked to leave the line and move the materials. Keep products in original containers when possible. Group items in boxes or sturdy containers, not plastic bags. No additional passengers. Wear a mask when approached by staff. Follow the instructions on the signs at the event upon arrival.

For more information, call Laurie Gordon, of DEQ, at 541-633-2029.


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