Columbia County Transfer Station

Columbia County Transfer Station
& Recycling Center

Recycling  |   HHW

If you don't need a roll-off container but still have a need for extra garbage and recycling disposal, we invite you to drop your additional waste at the Columbia County Transfer Station and Recycling Center for a small fee.

Transfer Station Rates - July 1, 2021

The Columbia County Transfer Station & Recycling Center accepts all asbestos free construction debris, scrap metal, heavy corrugated cardboard, household waste, appliances, and yard waste.

Also watch for Special Household Hazardous Events to get safely dispose of these items.

Transfer Station Recycling Program
Acceptable Items Monday-Saturday

Recyclable Items - With Fees

  • Air Conditioners
  • Automotive batteries
  • Automotive anti-freeze
  • Construction debris
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Tires
  • Wood/yard debris (no dirt or rock)

Recyclable Items - No Fees

  • Automotive oil filters
  • Commingled recyclables
  • Cooking oil
  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Microwaves
  • Monitors
  • TVs
  • Misc electronics
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Heavy corrugated cardboard
  • Scrap metal

Columbia County Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

Columbia County

1601 Railroad Avenue
St Helens, OR 97051

Phone: 503-397-9811

Hours: Monday-Saturday
8:00am to 5:00pm

     Transfer Station Rates - Aug 12, 2020

Closed on these Holidays:

New Year's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day


Early Closures on these Holidays:
8:00am to 1:00pm

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year's Eve

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Payments accepted:

COD, Cash, Check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Free Paint Care Program

  • Deck coatings, floor paints
  • Interior and exterior architectural paint: latex, acrylic, waster-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coating)
  • Field and lawn paints
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Primers, sealers, under-coaters
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Stains
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellants (not tar or bitumen-based)

Sharps Exchange Program

As of April 21, 2021 - We have expanded the program to the out county fire districts thanks to a grant Public health obtained to purchase 600 containers. As of 4/21/21, Columbia County Residents will have 5 additional Sharps Exchange Program Locations. The progam is free!

Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District 280 SE Third Street, Clatskanie Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am-4pm
Columbia River Fire & Rescue - Rainier Station 211 West 2nd Street, Rainier Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm
Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District 12525 Highway 202, Mist Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8am-5pm
Scappoose Rural Fire District 52751 Columbia River Highway, Scappoose Hours: Monday - Tursday, 8:30am-4:30pm
Vernonia Rual Fire Protection District 555 East bridge Street, Vernonia Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am-3:30pm
(Original Site) Columbia County Transfer Station 1601 Railroad Ave; St. Helens Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8am-5pm

Special Events for Hazardous Waste Collection

Click here for the HHW Schedule

Acceptable Items

  • Aerosol cans
  • Art and hobby chemicals
  • Auto and marine paint
  • Batteries, Rechargable
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues or
  •    adhesives
  • Colorants and tints
  • Craft paints
  • Deck cleaners
  • Explosives
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fluorescent ballasts & lamps
  • Flurescent bulbs separated from ballast
  • Household cleaners & disinfectants
  • Industrial maintenance coatings
  • Marine paints
  • Mercury or anything containing mercury
  • Motor oil, antifreeze and auto liquids
  • OEM and industrial surface coatings, paints & finishes
  • Paint additives
  • Paint spray cans, auto & marine paint, tar
  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits or solvents
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, poisons
  • Propane tanks or bottles
  • Resins
  • Roof patch or repair
  • Small arms ammunition
  • Tar or bitumen-basen products
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Two-component coatings
 Columbia County Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

Non-Acceptable Items

  • Any material containing asbestos
  • Bio-Medical waste
  • Dead animals
  • Radioactive Materials

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal

Items such as household hazardous liquids may be taken to the Columbia County Transfer Station during the HHW collection events. Please visit this link to schedule your drop off accordingly.


Sharps (also known as hypodermic needles) must be put in a state certified red “bio hazard” container. (NOTE:   NO OTHER CONTAINER WILL BE ACCEPTED). Sharps drop off is free at the scale house Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Columbia County Transfer Station.