Collections on record pace at hazardous waste facility

In terms of collecting hazardous waste, 2013 could go down as a big year for a facility at the Mesa County landfill.

Through the third quarter, more than 6,600 people had left a total of nearly 300,000 pounds of waste at the hazardous waste collection site at the landfill, located at 3071 U.S. Highway 50. That’s a record pace for collections.

Materials have included everything from aerosol cans, ammunition and antifreeze to car batteries, electronics and paint.

“It’s important for Mesa County residents to know the facility is here and, for the most part, this is a free service,” said Hope Petrie, hazardous materials manager for the county. “Illegal dumping of hazardous waste is harmful not only for the environment, but can be dangerous for you and your loved ones.”

Hazardous wastes collected at the facility are sorted, stored and ultimately transported to off-site locations for recycling and destruction.

In most cases, disposal services are free to Mesa County residents. Fees apply for certain large volume disposals  as well as televisions and computers.