Hazardous waste disposal nearing record high

The Mesa County Landfill is on track to collect more hazardous waste than ever before in 2013.

In the first nine months of the year, the landfill’s hazardous waste collections site at 3071 U.S. Highway 50 collected nearly 300,000 pounds of hazardous waste from more than 6,600 people, according to a county press release. Fourth quarter figures have yet to be released but data for the first three quarters of 2013 put the landfill on track for a record year in both waste collected and customers served.

Hazardous waste includes aerosol cans, ammunition, antifreeze, car batteries, compact florescent and standard florescent lights, electronics, insecticides, motor oil, old gasoline, paint, and used syringes. Mesa County residents can drop off the materials at the hazardous waste collections site, where it is sorted and stored. The county contracts with Clean Harbors to transport the waste to other places, where it is destroyed and recycled.

The service is typically free to Mesa County residents, although there is a fee for certain items, such as electronic waste and large items.

The site is open for residential disposal from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Businesses can make disposals by appointment. Call 256-9543 for more information.


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