Hazardous Waste Disposal

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 Hazardous Waste Collection and PaintCare Washington *NEW*

Hazardous waste collection in the Islands are special events that target proper disposal of items deemed too hazardous, and unable to be disposed of in existing solid waste facilities. The events occur annually in the summer on different Islands. The County also has a hazardous waste drop-off storage unit at the solid waste facility on Orcas for collection of small quantity items between the yearly events. The latest planned events are listed above, with collection times to be announced. In general, the containers holding the hazardous waste are not returned to participants on account of safety and other considerations, so please plan accordingly. In general, the containers holding the hazardous waste are not returned to participants on account of safety and other considerations, so please plan accordingly.

Household hazardous wastes come in the form of liquids, solids, or contained gases. They are often ordinary commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides that should not be thrown in the trash or poured down the drain or on the ground. Island drinking water is particularly susceptible to contamination by discarded waste.

San Juan County and the Washington Department of Ecology conduct annual events to remove these toxic materials from our islands and maintain a healthy environment. At the roundup events, individual households and businesses deliver their hazardous materials, where they are securely packaged by trained professionals, barged to the mainland and disposed at specialized facilities. Hazardous waste disposal is costly and routinely exceeds $70,000 each year for our Solid Waste Program to dispose. Hazardous products not only pose a higher level of risk to one's household, neighbors, and wildlife, but they often cost more than a green certified product over the time of its use. Please see our Shop Safer handout for more information regarding how to locate safer, greener certified products: Here. 

PaintCare Washington is a completely new product stewardship program also known as the WA Paint Bill. This law requires that all new paint include a point-of-sale fee that allows for all previously purchased and new paint to be reused, recycled, or properly disposed of at no additional cost. San Juan County now has registered PaintCare service provides at Orcas Island (Orcas Recycling Services), San Juan Island (Ace Hardware), and Lopez Island (Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District). The program came into effect April 1, 2021 and services are now available year-round at these locations in our county (see business hours & details). For a complete list of PaintCare accepted items, please visit https://www.paintcare.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/xx-program-products-list.pdf. More questions? Please contact your local waste station or the County Environmental Resources Solid Waste Program at solidwaste@sanjuanco.com

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Hazardous Waste Round-up, San Juan Island, September 2020