WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Properly getting rid of hazardous household waste – it’s a year round thing, when you think of it…

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Last Saturday, August 3, from 10:00am – 3:00pm in Toledo nearly 100 Lincoln County residents dropped off highly hazardous products of various types that they no longer need. The Lincoln County Haulers Association and Lincoln County Solid Waste District have been hosting this free yearly event since 2006. Mark Saelens, District Manager, said “it was a lot of fun working with the staff from Dahl Disposal Services and recognizing that more and more Lincoln County residents are realizing what items are appropriate to dispose of at this event.”

Unused and/or improperly stored hazardous compounds can be found throughout the average household and pose a very real health risk – and even death – to families, their children, pets and the environment. Household Waste Collection Events continue to remain a top priority for inclusion in the Solid Waste District budget each year.

Although the total weight collected during Saturday’s event is not yet available, past events have collected from 6,000 – 22,000 pounds each year. In the past greater than 50% (by weight) consisted of latex and oil based paint. These products, as well as other paint related products can now be disposed of for free under Oregon’s Paint Stewardship Law. Residents should be aware that paints can be dropped off at any of the county transfer stations during regular business hours. Please contact your local transfer station for specifics if you have questions regarding which products are accepted.

Most transfer stations also accept antifreeze, oil, car batteries, household batteries and fluorescent lights during regular business hours – a small fee may apply to some items.

If you missed last Saturday’s event, plan ahead for the next opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste. Begin with an inventory of the hazardous products you have at your home or office. Then, make sure they are stored properly and securely (a locked cabinet if necessary to keep these items out of reach of children). Households, organizations or businesses have the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials as often as once each month. Fees will apply but they are much less than what it might cost to transport them to a collection facility in Portland, Salem or Eugene.

For more information, please contact Mark Saelens at the Lincoln County Solid Waste District (541-265-4171). This is a very busy time of year so please leave a voice message with your name and contact phone number.

Even better you can email Mark at msaelens@co.lincoln.or.us

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