County, public health sponsors Clean Sweep

Special to The Tribune
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A fall Clean Sweep event for the proper disposal of residential household hazardous waste items will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will be held in the parking lot south of the El Paso County Citizens' Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. From Garden of the Gods Road, take Arrowswest Drive south, then turn left onto Arrowswest Court and follow it to the parking lot. This event, which is sponsored by the county and El Paso County Public Health, is free and open to El Paso and Teller County residents.

“The objective of Clean Sweep is to provide a conveniently located collection site to prevent recyclables and hazardous waste from entering sanitary landfills, where they may affect groundwater,” said Kathy Andrews, El Paso County Environmental Division Manager.

“We're excited about this partnership with the county to offer these Clean Sweep efforts. Residents participating in these types of events help protect public health by assuring the proper disposal of hazardous waste products. Hazardous waste products can pose harmful health effects on humans, plants, and animals when disposed of improperly,” said Tom Gonzales, director of El Paso County Public Health's Environmental Health Division.

The following items will be accepted for proper disposal:

Paint and paint-related products (stains, strippers, thinners, varnishes, etc.)

Household chemicals (aerosols, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, lamp oil, etc.)

Lawn and garden chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, poisons, plant food, etc.)

Automotive chemicals (motor oil, antifreeze, brake & transmission fluids, waxes, bug/tar/vinyl/chrome/engine cleaners, etc.)

Electronics (computers, printers, scanners, TVs no larger than 32” diagonal screen, no exceptions; cell phones, audio/video equipment, digital cameras, camcorders, fax machines, etc.)

All types of batteries, lead acid vehicle batteries and all types of household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, watch & hearing aid batteries).

Medicines and medical sharps (hypodermic needles, lancets, etc.) from people or animals: Mix loose pills together in a clear, sealable bag. Put other medicines (liquids, patches, ointments, inhalers) in a clear, sealable bag after removing any drug or personal information. Place sharps in either a sharps container from a pharmacy or an empty, clean liquid laundry detergent bottle with a narrow neck and a screw lid.

Paper to be shredded, limited to 2 boxes (1-foot by 1-foot by 1.5-feet) per household.

Tires (passenger & light truck - limit 4).

If you have questions, please call El Paso County at 520-7871.