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Personal waste management is one simple way to reduce our individual carbon footprint and minimize our impact on the natural environment. All Marion County residents can acquire curbside garbage pickup and recycling through a private hauler. New rules for recycling went into effect in March 2018 in response to China stop accepting most recycling from the United States as countries were sending in too many non-recyclables.
Marion County residents can dispose of their waste at a transfer station for a small fee. The types of materials accepted at each station varies, so check with each facility prior to visiting. Call 503-588-5169.
Waste that contains toxic and hazardous chemicals such as weed killer, pesticides, or rust removers are not allowed in the curbside bin and need to be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility. The service is free and available to all residents; however, farms and businesses must make an appointment by calling 800.444.4244, and they will be charged a fee. Note: antifreeze can now be recycled curbside.
It is now illegal to dispose of T.V.’s, monitors, laptops, and CPU’s in the garbage. Many electronic devices contain toxic and valuable materials which require them to be recycled. Marion County residents can recycle electronics FREE at the Salem-Keizer and North Marion Recycling Transfer Center and at the non-profit vocational agency, Garten Services.
Composting yard debris, food scraps, manure and other organic materials can help reduce the amount of waste that you send to the landfill. Compost also provides a valuable soil amendment to property owners.
Disposal of dead animals must be done at a local transfer station or regional landfill.