Toxic & Hazardous Waste Disposal

The Josephine County Solid Waste Agency, along with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and our local trash haulers Republic Services and Southern Oregon Sanitation) hosts free collection events for the disposal of all unusable or unwanted household hazardous products.

Republic Services is holding a Household Hazardous Event, September 15th for Commercial businesses, by appointment only.  Click here for form to sign up with Clean Harbors. For residential customers the event will be Saturday, September 16, 2017 9AM-3PM at Republic Services site, 1920 NW Washington Blvd. Call 541-479-3371.

What happens to collected household hazardous waste?

The method used for waste management is dependent upon the type of waste which is collected. We anticipate that the waste collected will be managed as follows:

Materials Management Methods

Breakdown of management methods of all hazardous materials, by method and percentage.
Recycle Car batteries, latex paint, antifreeze
Burn as Fuel
Oil-based paint, solvents, gasoline/motor oil, diesel fuel, aerosol (non-pesticides)

Hazardous Landfill
Non-recyclable paint
Neutralize Acids, base
Incinerate Pesticides, poisons

Where does the waste go to be recycled?

Fluorescent lights are going to Total Reclaim in Seattle for recycling and all batteries are going to Interstate Battery for recycling.

Your local government has also played a very important role by educating the community about household hazardous waste and by publicizing the collection event. The costs for education and publicity were paid for by your local government.

Digital Thermometers

Digital Thermometers are given when old mercury thermometers are brought in during the HHW (Household Hazardous Waste Event).

Questions? Call

  • City of Grants Pass - 541-450-6110
  • Southern Oregon Sanitation - 541-479-5335
  • Republic Services 541-479-3371

Special Waste

Special waste is any waste material which, because of its physical characteristics, chemical makeup, or biological nature requires either special handling procedures and permitting, or poses an unusual threat to human health, equipment, property or the environment. Examples of special waste are: asbestos, electroplating waste, empty containers and tanks, and more. Go to the Republic Services website to find information about disposal of this type of waste.