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Burns, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality , Harney County , the City of Burns and the City of Hines are hosting a free household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Harney County Fairgrounds . This event will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including contactless drop off and mask requirements.

Residents from Burns and the surrounding area are encouraged to bring common household hazardous waste items, including aerosol cans, antifreeze, engine cleaners, fluorescent tubes, household batteries, motor oil, paint, pesticides (e.g., herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.), solvents, mercury-containing devices (e.g., thermostats or silver-colored thermometers) and wood preservatives. Waste must fit in containers that do not exceed 5 gallons in volume. If possible, items should be kept in their original containers and transported with care.

Items that cannot not be accepted at the event include explosives, asbestos, ammunition or products that contain radioactive waste, such as many smoke detectors.

A state hazardous waste contractor will handle all collected material. Items will be sent to recycling or incineration facilities.

**Please note that no ash or fire debris from wildfires, or hazardous materials contaminated by such, will be accepted at this event. People looking to dispose of ash or fire debris are encouraged to visit the Oregon Wildfire Recovery – Wildfire Cleanup and De… for more information.

Full Event Details:
- What: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
- When: Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PDT)
- Where: Harney County Fairgrounds
69660 S. Egan St.
Burns, OR 97720
- Sponsored by:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Harney County
City of Burns
City of Hines

Special COVID-19 instructions:
- Upon arrival, please follow instructions on posted signs.
- Masks must be worn when approached by staff.
- Materials will not be collected from passenger compartments. Place all materials in trunk, SUV cargo area or truck bed. If materials are not in these locations, you will be asked to leave the line and move them.
- Keep products in original containers when possible.
- Group items in boxes or sturdy containers – NO PLASTIC BAGS.
- No additional passengers please.


About The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment by controlling air and water pollution, reducing the impacts of manufactured products and cleaning up contaminated properties. DEQ engages the public in decision-making and helps communities solve problems in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Contacts:
- Susan C. Mills, Media/Public Affairs Specialist, DEQ, 503-956-9648, Mills.Susan@deq.state.or.us
- Laurie Gordon, DEQ Regional Specialist, 541-633-2029 or Laurie.Gordon@deq.state.or.us


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