For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Washington County is offering a $250 incentive to residents who turn in their old, uncertified wood stoves or wood stove inserts or those certified between 1986-1992. Only 40 stoves/inserts will be accepted at this one-day event.
When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Far West Recycling, 6440 SE Alexander St., Hillsboro
Why: Old wood stoves pollute the air and can harm the health of the owner and their neighbors. In addition, anyone selling a home with a wood stove or fireplace insert in Oregon must ensure it was certified to meet emissions performance standards at the time of manufacture. If it was not certified, state law requires it to be removed, destroyed and disposed of when a home is sold.
How: Interested participants must register online ahead of time. Only 40 stoves will be accepted. Additional instructions are provided on the County’s webpage.
“This is a great opportunity for Washington County residents who want to get rid of their old wood stove and don’t want to replace it with a new one,” said Washington County Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Tim Davis. “For those who want to replace their old wood stove with a new one, our Wood Stove Exchange Program is a better option.”
Under the Wood Stove Exchange Program, qualifying residents can receive a rebate of $1,500-$3,500 when they replace their old or uncertified wood stove with a cleaner heating device. Some households may qualify for a full-cost replacement, depending on their income. The program was suspended for the past year due to the pandemic, but it has now reopened. More information is available at www.WoodStoveExchange.com.
For more information about the turn-in event or the exchange program, call 503-846-4425.
Media Contact:Tim Davis, Housing Rehabilitation Specialist