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Dispose of hazardous household waste during collection Saturday

SUMMIT COUNTY – Now is the time to gather hazardous waste lying around the house – the Summit Recycling Project (SRP) is hosting its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday.

Household products such as oven cleaners, pesticides and paint can threaten both human and environmental health if thrown out in the garbage, spilled on the ground or poured down the drain. They should never be disposed of by these methods, and recycling centers won’t accept them.

SRP’s annual event is the only time Summit County residents can dispose of potentially dangerous household materials properly, said SRP director Carly Wier.

Check labels to determine whether or not a product is hazardous in some way. Phrases such as “caution,” “toxic,” “poisonous,” “harmful if swallowed,” “flammable,” “corrosive,” “combustible” and “dangerous” indicate a product likely requires special handling and disposal.

If disposed of incorrectly, these products may reach water supply sources, affecting the health of humans and the environment, Wier said.

SRP staff will accept paint, varnishes, thinners, strippers, solvents, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, poisons, dioxins, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, prescription drugs, photographic chemicals, cleaners, aerosol cans, glues and adhesive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the High Country Fire Training Facility near the County Commons. Explosives, shock-sensitive or radioactive materials, propane tanks and infectious or biologically active wastes will not be accepted.

Used motor oil, oil filters and batteries are accepted year-round at SRP dropoff centers in Breckenridge and Frisco and should not be brought to the event. Propane tanks can be taken to Ferrellgas to be recycled for a small fee.

The collection day is limited to Summit County households only. Businesses needing to dispose of hazardous materials (more than 10 gallons) should call SRP at the number below for more information.

Though town of Breckenridge, Breckenridge Sanitation District, Frisco Sanitation District, Silverthorne/Dillon Joint Sewer Authority, Snake River Waste Water Treatment Plant, Summit Fire Authority and Summit Water Quality Committee have provided funding for this event, SRP staff is requesting donations to help offset the costs.

“This event is a great example of a variety of community collaboration,” Wier said. “Fifteen nonprofits, businesses, community and town departments join forces to make this event happen, and it really shows what can happen when we work together.”

For more information, call Summit Recycling Project at (970) 668-5703.

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