Household Hazardous Waste

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Terrace Heights Landfill
7151 Roza Hill Drive (map)
Yakima, WA
Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm
Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm

Lower Valley Transfer Station
1150 Luther Road (map)
Granger, WA
Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm
Sun, 12pm-5pm

Cheyne Landfill
4970 Cheyne Road (map)
Zilllah, WA
Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm
Sun, 12pm-5pm

Contact Us

Yakima County Public Services
Solid Waste Division
7151 Roza Hill Drive
Yakima, WA 98901
(509) 574-2450

Wendy Mifflin, Manager

What is a Household Hazardous Waste?

You can identify whether a product is considered hazardous by reading the label. Any product labeled with the following is considered hazardous:

DANGER

FLAMMABLE

WARNING

CORROSIVE

POISONOUS

CAUTION

EXPLOSIVE

REACTIVE

TOXIC

COMBUSTIBLE

Ready to Reuse Program

Materials Exchange Shelves

 The Hazardous Waste Facility saves unused or partially used items(must be in original containers) for their Ready to Reuse Program including:

These products are available for FREE for any individual, business or service group that could use them.  This type of recycling saves chemicals from entering the landfill and helps others who need a product for another use.  The type of products the program receives varies widely, depending on what customers have brought to the facility.  The Ready to Reuse Program operates Wednesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m., and is located in our Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Terrace Heights Landfill.

Medicine Disposal

Washington state is working on a state-wide method of medication disposal.  Until that time, please follow these instructions:

FIRST. Do not flush medicines down the toilet or drain. Flushing drugs adds to pollution in our waters because wastewater and septic systems are not designed to treat these chemicals.
SECOND. Use community drug take-back programs for proper disposal, if available.  (none are currently available in Yakima County)
LAST CHOICE. If a collection program for unwanted medicines is not available near you, mix your medicines with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds, put this into a container with a lid, conceal personal information and place the sealed container in the trash. Make sure your trash cannot be accessed by children, pets, or others who might be looking in garbage for drugs.
           
Learn more at www.medicinereturn.com   or A safer way to dispose of unwanted household medicines. Please call 1-800-732-9253 for medicine return locations or other questions.

How to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes

When a less-toxic substitute is not available, buy only what you need, use the product as intended, and closely follow label directions. If you have left-over products like paint, check with friends and neighbors to see if they can use the remaining portions.

If you have unused, unwanted hazardous household products take them to either Yakima County's permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the Terrace Heights landfill, the Cheyne Landfill or the Lower Valley Transfer Station.  Once collected the products will be recycled or properly disposed of in a hazardous landfill.

Free CFL (Compact Fluorescent Bulb) Recycling

CFL BulbThe Household Hazardous Waste Facility will also take Fluorescent bulbs in tubes or as Compact Fluorescent bulbs. Free CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) Bulb Recycling is also available at all Home Depot stores nationwide.  For more information click on link below:

What to do if a CFL or fluorescent tube breaks

Small Business Waste/Small Quantity Generators

You may have a business that is not normally associated with the production of hazardous waste. But if you take the time to inventory your business you may discover that you have quite a collection of paints, solvents, printing supplies or other familiar looking products. None of them can legally be put into the garbage dumpster or taken to the county landfill.

Household and Small Business Waste Collection Facility

Homeowners and small businesses can bring their household hazardous and business waste to the Yakima County Household and Small Business Waste Collection Facility (HSBWCF) free of charge. The location of this facility is: 7151 Roza Hill Drive, Yakima, WA 98901.  Contact (509) 574-2450 for more information.  Businesses are required to schedule an appointment.

Agricultural Wastes will not be accepted at the HSBWCF.

The hours of operation for the HSBWCF are 9:00 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday - Saturday.

Types of materials accepted are:

Auto Batteries

Pool Chemicals

Herbicides

Antifreeze

Rust Remover

Fluorescent bulbs (tubes or CFL’s)

Brake Fluid

Furniture Stripper

Rose Dust

Transmission Fluid

Spot Remover

Pesticides

Degreasers

Used Motor Oil

Paint

Engine Cleaners

Paint Thinners

Solvent

Disinfectants

Household Batteries

Turpentine

Lower Valley Disposal Options

Yakima County provides household hazardous waste bins at the Lower Valley Transfer Station and Cheyne landfill for homeowners to drop off automotive batteries, household batteries, used motor oil, paint and antifreeze. Please let the landfill attendant know you have these items to drop off. You will be given a form to complete. Be sure to fill out the form and return it to the landfill attendant prior to leaving the landfill.

Only small quantities, no containers over 5 gallons will be accepted. Quantities over this size should schedule an appointment with the Household and Small business Waste Collection Facility at 574-2472.  We cannot accept any agricultural wastes.

Oil, What is the problem?

Many of us are concerned when a super tanker has an oil spill, but few of us realize the importance of our own waste management practices. It is estimated that 60% of automotive oil changes today are performed by do-it-yourselfers. In Yakima County, that amounts to over 20,000 gallons of used oil per month! Just one quart of oil will foul the taste of 250,000 gallons of water, that's more water than 30 people drink in their lifetime! During engine use, oil picks up toxic contaminants, carcinogens and heavy metals (lead, zinc, arsenic, chromium and cadmium). If used oil is not properly recycled, these toxics are carried into the environment and can disrupt decomposition in septic systems; as well as contaminate the soil and water. Proper disposal of oil includes taking it to one of Yakima County's collection sites. It is against the law to dump oil on the ground or into Water Resources Divisions of Washington. Our goal is to recycle and re-refine all oil collected through this program.

Yakima County has various oil collection sites located throughout the county. These sites are for clean, uncontaminated, used oil generated from households. Take your oil in sealed containers to the site nearest you. Once you are there please fill out the blue form and deposit into the holder. You may then pour your used oil into the tank and be sure to take your container home with you to use again.

Oil Recycling Locations

Bleyhl Farm and Home Supply
940 E. Wine Country Rd. - Grandview
1720 Eastway Rd.  - Sunnyside
205 Asotin Ave. - Toppenish
1404 First Ave. - Zillah

Cenex
2202 S. 1st St. - Yakima

City of Mabton
Main Street

City of Moxee
255 W. Seattle Ave. - Moxee

Harold’s General Merchandise
4080 Harrah Rd. - Harrah

Highland Quick Stop
16841 Summitview Rd. - Cowiche

Mt. Clemen Chevron
9331 Hwy 12 - Naches

Schuck’s Auto Supply
1216 S. 1st St. - Yakima

Town of Granger
102 Main St. - Granger

Suntides Market
11 Pence Rd. - Gleed

Topp Auto Parts
717 W. 1st. St. - Wapato

Yakima Speedway
1600 Pacific Avenue - Yakima

. . . OR TAKE YOUR USED OIL TO THE LANDFILL OR TRANSFER STATION NEAREST YOU

Household Battery Disposal

Household batteries contain a variety of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, silver and cadmium. If disposed of improperly they can cause injury to animals and the environment.

Battery Disposal Sites

Small household batteries can be recycled at any one of the small battery collection bins located in participating businesses countywide.

Alkaline Batteries:

Business Address City Phone
Cowiche Family Foods 16850 Summitview Rd. Cowiche 678-4415
Rider's True Value 117 E Wine Country Rd Grandview 882-2039
Save-On-Foods 800 North Park Centre Selah 697-6184
Zillah Pro Hardware 605 First Avenue Zillah 829-6888
Zillah Fire Department 111 7th St. Zillah 829-5111
Photo Haus 208 S. 5th Avenue Yakima 575-1770
Safeway 5702 Summitview Ave. Yakima 965-3622
Wray's - Chalet Mall 5605 Summitview Ave. Yakima 966-2660
Wray's - Meadowbrook Mall 7200 W. Nob Hill Blvd. Yakima 965-4040
Yakima Fire Department Station #1 401 N. Front St. Yakima 575-6060
Yakima Fire Department Station #2 2300 Fruitvale Blvd. Yakima 575-6060
Yakima Fire Department Station #3 3418 Summitview Ave. Yakima 575-6060
Yakima Fire Department Station #4 2404 W. Washington Ave. Yakima 575-6060
Yakima Fire Department Station #5 807 E. Nob Hill Yakima 575-6060
Terrace Heights Landfill 7151 Roza Hill Dr. Yakima 574-2450
Lower Valley Transfer Station 1150 Luther Rd.  Granger
Cheyne Landfill 4970 Cheyne Rd.  Zillah

Reusable/Rechargable Batteries:

Business Address City Phone
Home Depot 2115 S 1st St
Yakima 452-3016
Best Buy 2321 S 1st St Yakima 494-0495
Radio Shack 2529 Main St #179 Union Gap 248-4751
Lowe's 2500 Rudkin Rd Union Gap 248-3032
Radio Shack 910 Summitview Ave Suite 3A Yakima 453-3909

 

Agricultural Plastic Recycling

Agri-Plas Inc

5016 Waconda Rd NE Brooks, OR 97305 | 503.390.2381p | 503.390.5454f

Agri-Plas has a collection facility at 10070 Glade North Road, Eltopia, WA & accepts all customer-delivered empty, triple-rinsed pesticide containers from 9 am - 3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and effective May 1, 2014 from the greater: Pasco, Kennewick, Burbank, Richland, Basin City, Mesa, Connell, Eltopia and surrounding areas. If you wish to drop-off containers at other times or require a personal service pick-up, please call us at 503-390-2381.

Agri-Plas on-line schedule for picking up triple-rinsed pesticide containers in Yakima:

http://www.agriplasinc.com/schedule.html

Freon Containing Appliances

Many appliances we use every day contain chemicals that are harmful to the ozone layer -- Earth's natural protection against the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Refrigerators, freezers, wi

 

Freon Containing Appliances

Many appliances we use every day contain chemicals that are harmful to the ozone layer -- Earth's natural protection against the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Refrigerators, freezers, window and car air conditioners are some examples of appliances that contain refrigerants commonly known as "Freon".

The danger of Freon being released into the atmosphere prompted Congress to amend federal laws that prohibit the release of ozone-depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere. Since July 1, 1992, it has been a requirement that Freon be removed from appliances before they are disposed of.

Appliances are collected at our landfill where a certified technician recovers (removes) the Freon, which is then purified for use again. The scrap metal from these appliances is also recycled and reused for other products. If you have any questions about whether an appliance contains Freon, please call the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 574-2472.

Pacific Power Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program:
Say "See ya later, refrigerator" and earn a cash incentive from Pacific Power. Do you have an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage or basement? Are you planning to buy a new refrigerator or freezer? If so, please contact us to pick up your old one. We’ll properly recycle your old unit, and you’ll receive a cash incentive for taking part. http://www.pacificpower.net/Article/Article50124.html?gclid=COaSvP-6yJgCFR0Sagodkiza2A

Proper Disposal of Smoke Alarms

The most common type of smoke alarm is an ionization alarm, which contains a very small amount of Americium 241, a synthetic isotope which emits both alpha and gamma rays.  The Americium is shielded by a metal chamber within the plastic casing of the alarm.  On your wall, this material poses little threat; however, when an alarm is broken open in a landfill, it can present a health hazard.  For this reason, the law requires that all smoke alarms be labeled as containing radioactive content.
There are two ways to dispose of your smoke alarm:

Brand Name

Company

Mailing Address

Phone

American Sensors

Dicon Global

20 Steelcase Rd., W., Unit 3,
Markham, Ontario L3R 1B2
Canada

(800) 387-4219

BRK

First Alert

Cusomer Service Disposal,
3901 Liberty St. Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504

(800) 323-9005

Dicon Global

Dicon Global

20 Steelcase Rd., W., Unit 3,
Markham, Ontario L3R 1B2
Canada

(800) 387-4219

Family Safety Products

Family Safety Products

Returns, 2879 Remico St. SW,
Grandville, MI 49418

(616) 530-6540

Firex

Invensys Controls

"For Disposal Only", 28C Leigh
Fisher Blvd.,
El Paso, TX 79906

(800) 445-8299

First Alert

First Alert

Cusomer Service Disposal,
3901 Liberty St. Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504

(800) 323-9005

Garrison

Dicon Global

20 Steelcase Rd., W., Unit 3,
Markham, Ontario L3R 1B2
Canada

(800) 387-4219

Gentex

Gentex

Returns, 600 N. Centennial St.,
Zeeland, MI 49464

(800) 436-8391

Honeywell

Honeywell

Returns, 1985 Douglas Dr. N., Dock 4
(MN10), Golden Valley, MN 55422

(800) 328-5111

Kidde

Kidde

1394 S. Third St.,
Mebane, NC 27302

(800) 880-6788

LifeSaver

Kidde

1394 S. Third St.
Mebane, NC 27302

(800) 880-6788

Masterguard

Masterguard

801 Hammond St., #200
Coppell, TX 75019

(877) 453-3473

Nighthawk

Kidde

1394 S. Third St.
Mebane, NC 27302

(800) 880-6788

North-American

Dicon Global

20 Steelcase Rd., W., Unit 3,
Markham, Ontario L3R 1B2
Canada

(800) 387-4219

System Sensor

System Sensor

3825 Ohio Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174

(800) 736-7672

Triad Safety Systems

Triad Safety Systems

4595 Airport Rd.
Kearney, NE 68847

(800) 240-7681