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The annual household hazardous materials roundup offers
Englewood and Littleton residents the opportunity to recycle items
like paint, lawn chemicals and even office equipment like computers
and printers free of charge.
The 18th edition of the event will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Sept. 12 and again the same hours on Sept. 19 at the Englewood
ServiCenter, 2800 S. Platte River Drive.
The Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission, the City of Englewood
and the City of Littleton join forces to sponsor the project.
The event is limited to Englewood and Littleton resident and
people who drop off materials must present proof that they live in
one of the two cities. Staff won’t accept materials from residents
of other communities or from commercial firms.
There is a limit of 10 gallons of material per vehicle, and
there is a cost of $20 to drop off items at the household hazardous
roundup. There is no charge to drop off cell phones, toner
cartridges, fax machines and computers but there is a charge of $10
per monitor and a $20 co-pay to drop off a television set.
Items that can be dropped off at the roundup include automobile
batteries, oil-based paints, flammable liquids like gasoline and
paint thinner, lawn and garden chemicals and propane tanks.
The roundup also will accept mercury-containing devices,
including thermometers, thermostats, relays and blood pressure
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
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 kitty 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
About 200 people normally visit the event. The goal is to
recycle all the materials collected. However, the cost of the
project increases every year. In 1997, the cost of recycling was
about $50 per customer. By last year, the cost had increased to
about $80 per customer.
The roundup is staffed by volunteers from Keep Englewood
Beautiful Commission, the City of Littleton, Littleton and
Englewood firefighters, and employees of Safety-Kleen, a
hazardous-material recycling company in Englewood. Executive
Recycling will recycle the office equipment cell phones and
computers. Fees from residents who use the service, donations from
area companies, the committee and from the two cities also help
For information, Englewood residents can call 303-762-2342, and
Littleton residents can call 303-795-3748.
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