Thursday, June 24, 2010

You dish it, they'll take it

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Dont let this happen to you.
  • Don't let this happen to you.

TVs, motor oil, computers, paint, and that car battery sitting in the back of your garage.

Go ahead and bring it. The county can take it.

Yes, people. The county's Household Hazardous Waste Facility has expanded so that it can accept more hazardous trash from homes and small businesses. Which is great news for everyone whose garage is a chemistry experiment just waiting to go awry. Or for anyone who suddenly, unexpectedly, realized that they have all the ingredients to start their very own meth lab overflowing their medicine cabinet.

Chemicals and electronics aren't safe to throw away just anywhere. So be sure to take advantage of the county program. Here are the details:

El Paso County Commissioners Approve Expansion of Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Additional Space Will Extend Disposal and Recycling Services to Small Businesses

Colorado Springs, June 24, 2010 — Responding to citizens’ increased interest in and utilization of the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF), the El Paso Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has approved a request from the Community Services Department, which manages the operations of the HHWF, to design and construct an addition to this popular public facility. “Area residents have shown an escalating interest in services that protect the environment and divert hazardous waste from the landfill,” stated Environmental Division Manager Kathy Andrew. “This expanded building space will accommodate additional waste streams and recyclables, provide extra storage for paint and electronics, and include a classroom for educational programs.”

Additionally, HHWF’s building growth will allow the program to extend its traditional residential services to small businesses (for a small fee) via the County’s planned “Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator” (CESQG) program, which will launch in tandem with the facility’s completed expansion. Residential hazardous waste drop-off will continue as a free service with a requested donation of non-perishable food items for the Care & Share food bank. Groundbreaking for the HHWF building expansion will begin this summer, and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. “The BoCC wants to stress that the expansion of the HHWF facility and services will be paid for solely by landfill tipping fees through the El Paso County Solid Waste Disposal Site and Facility Users’ Fund,” said Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey. “No taxpayer dollars will be used for the construction or operations of this growing program.”

The HHWF opened in May 2002 to provide El Paso and Teller County residents a convenient, safe and environmentally friendly means for disposing of unwanted and dangerous waste in their households. From 2002 to 2009, public participation at the HHWF grew from 256 to more than 12,000 visits — representing a four-and-a-half thousand percent increase. The HHWF receives a wide range of discarded products — including consumer electronics, household paint, used motor oil, paper/cardboard, aluminum, plastic, consumer and car batteries, aerosol cans and more. The facility will continue its normal operating hours and services during the expansion: Monday through Thursday, 7 AM to 5 PM, and the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 1 PM.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at 3255 Akers Drive on the east side of Colorado Springs, one-half mile south of the intersection of Marksheffel Road and North Carefree Circle. For more information on the County’s HHWF program, visit: http://adm.elpasoco.com/Environmental_Services/Solid_Waste_Management/Home.htm

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