FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NR-Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event at Columbia County Transfer Station in St. Helens, on October 23, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Extra safety measures will be in place. Please be patient, unloading may take a few extra minutes. Have all your household hazardous waste in the truck bed or trunk or hatchback of your car, not the passenger compartment. And please remain in your vehicle.

Here is your chance to remove toxic items from your home before winter sets in. A household hazardous waste collection event is being held at the Columbia County Transfer Station on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Transfer Station is located at 1601 Railroad Avenue in St. Helens. Various toxic and unsafe materials can be dropped off at no cost.

Items must be in containers of less than five (5) gallons and should be secured safely during transport. Trained household hazardous waste technicians will unload materials from your vehicle.

Examples of acceptable items:

  • fireworks and flares
  • gas / diesel / fuels / motor oil / antifreeze
  • lawn and garden chemicals
  • herbicides and pesticides
  • pool and spa chemicals
  • light ballasts—please remove from light fixture
  • fluorescent tubes
  • art and hobby chemicals
  • solvents and thinners
  • items containing mercury
  • propane and compressed gas cylinders
  • batteries - automotive, rechargeable, button, alkaline batteries
  • cleaners and detergents
  • poisons
  • paint and paint products (latex and acrylic paint, oil-based paint, enamel, stains, lacquers, shellacs, varnishes, primers, etc.)
  • cooking oil
  • medical sharps in OSHA-approved, puncture-proof containers
  • ammunition

Unwanted paint, used motor oil, and used cooking oil can be disposed of free of charge at any time during the Transfer Station’s regular business hours. The regular disposal fee for automotive batteries, antifreeze, and fluorescent tubes at the Transfer Station will be waived during this event.

Medical sharps in a sealed, self-closing, puncture-proof, OSHA-approved container are received, at no cost, at the Transfer Station Scale House during business hours. Free sharps containers are available from the Transfer Station Scale House.

The Columbia County Sheriff accepts expired or unwanted medication at 901 Port Ave., St. Helens. They are open 7 days a week, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Place items in the MedReturn collection box.

This is the last Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for 2021. Calendar dates for 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Events, and further updates, will be posted to the Columbia County website in January of 2022

For more information, contact Kathy Boutin-Pasterz phone at 503-397-7259 or by email at

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Columbia County plans, organizes, and directs recycling, reuse, waste reduction, and household hazardous waste management programs throughout its 657 square-mile area. The county operates a transfer station in St. Helens and administers the solid waste collection events within the unincorporated area of the county.

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