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Collection of Paints Helps Extend Life of Oregon Landfill

Collection of Paints Helps Extend Life of Oregon Landfill

In the past 12 months, the county has collected 18 tons of hazardous waste in rural roundups.

Lane County, Oregon’s Waste Management Division each year collects thousands of tons of dangerous paints and other chemicals, which is helping to extend the life of the Short Mountain Landfill.

The division collects about 3,000 tons of hazardous waste annually. To encourage people to use the collection system, the county doesn’t charge residents for the drop-offs.

The Register-Guard has more:

In the past 12 months, the county has collected 18 tons of hazardous waste in rural roundups.

This spring’s roundups brought in 35,836 pounds of hazardous waste from 506 homes in Oakridge, Florence and Cottage Grove.

The division collects about 3,000 tons of hazardous waste annually. To encourage people to use the collection system, the county doesn’t charge residents for the drop-offs.

The purpose is to keep hazardous materials out of landfills, especially Lane County’s Short Mountain Landfill. Also, the county wants to prevent people from pouring hazardous wastes onto the ground or into sanitary or stormwater sewers.

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