Hazardous waste roundup scheduled

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The annual household hazardous materials roundup offers Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan residents the opportunity to recycle items like oil-based paint, lawn chemicals, computers and printers for a small fee.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and a second session will be held during the same hours Sept. 21. Both events will be at the Englewood ServiCenter, 2800 S. Platte River Drive.

Event sponsors include the Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission, the city of Littleton, the city of Sheridan and Electronic Recyclers International.

The event will only accept materials from Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan residents so individuals who drop off materials must present proof that they live in one of the three cities. Staff won’t accept materials from residents of other communities or from commercial firms.

“I appreciate our community doing this,” Littleton resident Tim Bradford said. “I helped my mom move out of her house last year and took stuff from her garage to the roundup. This year, I’ll go and drop off the stuff I gathered when I cleaned out my tool shed.”

He said he liked the fact the roundup is environmentally friendly by recycling items like paint thinner and lawn chemicals, which keeps them out of the landfill.

Items that can be dropped off at the roundup include antifreeze, automobile batteries, flammable liquids like gasoline and paint thinner, lawn and garden chemicals, motor oil, oil-based paint and propane tanks. Items that use mercury like thermometers and barometers will also be accepted.

There is a limit of 10 gallons of material per vehicle, and there is a cost of $20 to drop off items.

There is no charge to drop off cell phones, toner cartridges, desktop copiers and fax machines, but there is a charge of $15 per monitor and a $25 payment per television set.

While the roundup will accept antifreeze and motor oil, organizers remind residents it isn’t necessary to save those until the roundup, because a number of Englewood and Littleton businesses accept the items free of charge all year so the materials can be recycled. A list of those businesses is given to those who visit the roundup.

Latex paint will no longer be accepted. Over the history of the roundup, hundreds of gallons of latex paint have been collected, but it is no longer considered a hazardous material and can be disposed of by removing the lid to dry it out, then putting it in the trash. Adding cat litter to the mix speeds up the drying process. Another option is to pour the latex paint in a plastic-lined cardboard box, which works best if the paint is an inch deep or less.

The first roundup was held in 1992 and was for Englewood residents only. In 1998, the program was expanded to include Littleton residents. About 200 people normally visit the event. The goal is to recycle all the materials collected.

Volunteers of the Keep Englewood Beautiful and the cities of Englewood and Littleton will staff the event that is put on with the technical help of the Littleton Fire Department and the Englewood Fire Department. Additionally, Electronic Recyclers International will do the recycling of office equipment.

 

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