Still got last decade's weed killer on your garage shelves? Is that bucket of used motor oil nagging your environmentally sensitive conscience?
Residents can rid themselves of the nuisances and other hazardous wastes at the city's annual cleanup Saturday, Oct. 15.The City Council approved a contract with Chemical Waste Management of Salt Lake City for the one-day collection of hazardous leftovers. The plan gives citizens a chance to clean out their garages and storage sheds in an environmentally responsible way.
Officials spent $21,000 on the program last year, pulling 40 barrels of hazardous waste, a thousand gallons of paint, 680 gallons of oil and 120 car batteries.
"I saw that stream of cars coming in here and I thought there was no way we'd get it all," said Dick Duncan, superintendent of streets and sanitation.
He doesn't expect as much this year given the response 12 months ago. Still, the company will prepare for an onslaught, bringing seven employees in protective suits.
They'll set up 55-gallon drums at the city shops, sort and package material, then ship it to a hazardous-waste landfill in Azusa, Calif. The city will pay the company $11,000 for its services. That price could go up to $19,000 depending on the amount of waste.
Some restrictions apply.
The city will accept only 40 pounds of materials from each household (one gallon of liquid equals about eight pounds). Users must prove residency with a utility bill or I.D. with a city address.
The city will not accept wastes from businesses. The 40-pound limit does not include used motor oil and batteries, which may be brought in any quantity.
Excluded are biological/medi-cal wastes, expired medicines, anything radioactive, compressed gas cylinders, PCBs, dioxins, wood preservatives containing pentachlorpohenol, explosives, bullets and mercury.