Recycling Guide

Find out where to put all your recycling materials.

Hazardous materials

A hazardous product is one whose use or disposal poses a threat to human health or the environment. It should never be put in the trash, down the drain, into storm drains or burned. However, hazardous materials (HMs) are accepted free from Linn County residents only at 1954 County Home Road, Marion.  No appointment is necessary. Materials may be dropped off whenever the Solid Waste Agency is open, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday.

What is a hazardous material?

How do you know if you have an HM? Read the label. Look for the words "poison," "danger," "warning" or "caution." Any product which is reactive, corrosive, poisonous or flammable is categorized as an HM. That would include products such as paints, cleaners, oils, insecticides and solvents. For a complete list, consult our Recycling Guide.

What happens to my cleaners and paints after I drop them off?

When you arrive, you'll be greeted by one of our trained environmental specialists who will assist you in the proper handling of your hazardous materials. From there, your products are evaluated for either further disposal or placement in our "Free Paint, Stains, Etc. area.

We believe in resource recovery as much as we believe in diverting waste from the landfill. Our "Free Paint, Stains, Etc. area offers free reusable products such as cleaners and paints. So if you're bringing in an almost-empty bottle of glass cleaner, check and check to see if we have a replacement bottle. Learn more about our "Free Paint, Stains, Etc. area.

If you don't have enough leftover product for our "Free Paint, Stains, Etc. area, your waste material and/or containers are processed according to state and federal environmental regulations and sent to facilities permitted to handle hazardous material.  

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