Hazardous waste days coming

Jackson County residents can drop off hazardous waste materials for a minimal fee Friday and Saturday at Rogue Disposal & Recycling's 18th annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days.

The event changes venues this year, moving to the Rogue Transfer & Recycling Station, 8001 Table Rock Road, Medford, instead of the Jackson County Fairgrounds, where it's been in the past. It runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A minimum $5 charge includes the first cubic yard of hazardous waste, which equals six 32-gallon trash cans filled level.

Items to be accepted include cleaning supplies like window cleaner, drain cleaner, bathroom cleaner and any products containing bleach or ammonia, old pesticides and insecticides, swimming pool chemicals, weed killers not currently approved for use, lead and oil-based paint, paint removers, toxic wood preservatives, light ballasts, batteries and thermostats containing mercury.

Unacceptable items include fluorescent light tubes, medical or biological waste, explosives, radioactive materials, ammunition, commercial or industrial waste, asbestos, 55-gallon drums, propane tanks, metal canisters or fire extinguishers.

Rogue Disposal cannot accept waste in containers larger than five gallons.

In conjunction with the event, the Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring a thermometer exchange in which the public can trade in their old mercury thermometers for a free, safer digital thermometer. One per customer while supplies last.

For more information, visit Rogue Disposal's Web site at www.roguedisposal.com, or contact Denise Wolgamott at 541-608-1023.

— Staff reports

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