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Rounding Up Decades of Household Waste
Remember last month’s Spring Clean-Up Day which included an opportunity for local residents to bring toxic household waste to the dump? Any idea how much they collected? 30,000 pounds? 40,000? How about 50,000 pounds of household waste!
The May 17 Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up was much more popular than anticipated. The event opened at 9 a.m. and by 9:30, the wait was over an hour.
At the end of the day, over 150 cars visited the Round-Up, disposing of over 50,000 pounds hazardous material. The majority of the material collected was latex paint, but in the mix were also plenty of oil-based paints, pesticides, drain cleaners, roofing tar, compact fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, batteries, photo chemicals, and plenty more. The county also collected tires, oil, anti-freeze, car batteries and non-freon appliances for free on this day. Lake County citizens disposed of over 3,000 tires.
“This day gives people an easy way to dispose of these items. None of us want to see tires and paint in our woods and backcountry areas, or risk contamination of our rivers and streams.” said Michael Irwin, Lake County Landfill Manager.
“We were nearly overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material. Some people cleared out sheds and basements held these substances for decades.”
The event was such a success, with so much good public feedback, that county officials are considering offering it on an annual basis. It was also a lot more expensive than the county anticipated. When hauled away from Lake County, material is either recycled or incinerated by a third party hazardous waste company and it is not cheap. Part of the cost was covered through a grant received by the Cloud City Conservation Center. Stay tuned for future Household Waste Round-ups.