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Deadline Approaches To Sign Up For Hazardous Waste Removal In Fire Zones

Andy Nelson

Oregonians who lost their homes due to wildfires last month have until this Friday, Oct. 16, to sign up for free removal of household hazardous materials.

The clean-up is being paid for by the state of Oregon and FEMA. To be eligible, property owners must first submit a Right of Entry form. That gives crews permission to enter the property.

Each of the eight counties affected by the September fires has a separate form to fill out. Links to each county's form can be found under the section of this website titled "Free Wildfire Hazardous Waste Removal." Information is also available in English and Spanish by calling 682-800-5737.

Household hazardous waste includes things like paint, fuel, fertilizer, pool chemicals, ammunition and more. It can also include building materials that contain asbestos. The state is urging fire victims to sign up for the free service, since hazardous materials often require a specialized disposal process.

The state says this material needs to be removed first, before general ash and debris cleanup begins.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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