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July 31, 2017

Residents drop off 79 tons of household hazardous waste

Last fiscal year, Chandler’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility collected 158,000 pounds (79 tons) of household hazardous waste from residents. This was a five percent increase from the prior year and included latex paint, oil, antifreeze, and batteries.

Appointments for HHW drop-off must be scheduled in advanced by calling 480-782-3510. The facility is located at the City’s Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center, 955 E. Queen Creek Road.

The service is provided free for Chandler residents who pay for City-provided solid waste services. Once residents arrive at the facility, trained staff remove the items from the vehicle. Motor oil, brake fluid and antifreeze are sold to a local vendor; cooking oil is donated to make bio-fuel; paint is offered to City community cleanup projects and charities; and rechargeable batteries are recycled.

Fluorescent and CFL tubes are placed in an apparatus that removes mercury vapor and crushes the glass, which reduces containers and disposal costs. Contents of propane tanks and aerosol cans are emptied, and the metal containers recycled.

It is important that residents properly dispose of products with potentially hazardous substances because improper disposal can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Improper disposal can include pouring materials down the drain, onto the ground, into storm sewers, or, in some cases, putting them out with the regular trash.

The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but in the case of tossing materials in alleys, streets or storm drains, the risk to human health and the environment can be significant.

Monsoon rains this time of year means a lot of stormwater is entering the City’s storm drain system from alleys, driveways, streets and parking lots. Unlike the water from sinks, showers and toilets, stormwater flows untreated into storm drains that lead to nearby retention basins, greenbelts, parks, golf courses, washes and community lakes.

This runoff can contain the household hazardous waste people improperly discard, including pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum products, automotive fluids, paints, solvents and chemicals. Having a place where residents can bring such materials is important.

For more information about Chandler’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program, visit www.chandleraz.gov/recycle. For tips on how to reduce or prevent stormwater pollution, visit the City’s Stormwater Program website at www.chandleraz.gov/stormwater.