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Hazardous Waste

Paint & Stain Recycling

PaintCare, Inc. is a non-profit product stewardship organization created by the paint industry in states to handle waste paint that have passed paint stewardship laws PaintCare establishes drop-off locations where the public can dispose of leftover paint for recycling, re-use, or other appropriate management.

PaintCare Drop-Off Sites

PaintCare makes recycling easier all year long. Use their drop-off site locator to find a location near you.

PaintCare drop-off site locator

Accepted Products

PaintCare accepts a variety of interior and exterior architectural coatings sold in containers of 5 gallons or smaller.

View all acceptable products

Medication Disposal

Do you have old, unused, unwanted or expired medications? Dispose of them safely and don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the garbage.

Benton Health Center

Drug disposal drop box located next to the pharmacy. Sharps and syringes in sealed containers are also accepted at this location.

Location and hours

Albany Police Department

Prescription drug drop-off is available when the lobby is open.

Learn more

Philomath Police Department

Prescription drug drop-off location, no liquids or sharps.

Location and hours

Benton County Sheriff’s Office

Contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office for details.

Contact the BCSO

Corvallis Police Department

Contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office for details.

Contact the CPD

Drug Deactivation Bags

Free drug deactivation bags, which can be used for proper disposal.

Request a drug deactivation bag

U.S. Drug Disposal Locations

Find a disposal location for unwanted medications near you, nationwide.

Contact the BCSO

Reducing Hazardous Waste at Home

  • Use safer product alternatives, common options listed below
  • Before purchasing, read product labels and follow instructions
  • Limit purchasing to only what you need and will use entirely
  • Give usable and unwanted products to others who will use them
  • Take unwanted products to a local household hazardous waste event.
PurposeSafer Alternative
Drain CleanerUse a plunger or plumber’s snake
Glass CleanerMix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in one quart of water. Spray on and use newspaper to dry.
Furniture PolishMix one teaspoon of lemon juice in one pint of mineral or vegetable oil and wipe furniture.
Rug DeodorizerLiberally sprinkle carpets with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
Silver PolishBoil two to three inches of water in a shallow pan with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for two to three more minutes. Wipe away tarnish and repeat if necessary.
MothballsUse cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mints or white peppercorns.
Source: EPA Household Hazardous Waste

Additional Household Hazardous Waste Resources

DEQ and Metro Hazardless Home Handbook

Learn more about household hazardous waste and how to reduce it.

View handbook

Common Hazardous Materials

Understand what household products are hazardous, how to handle them, and what alternatives are available.

Learn more

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