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Are you doing spring clean up? While some people clean throughout the year, this is the time most people set aside to clean their home. When throwing items out, there are many items that could possibly be toxic. What can you do with your chemicals and the other toxic materials around the home?
Toxic items that get thrown into the landfill with the garbage have a high instance of seeping into our water supply. We have some great water in Colorado and we want to help keep it that way! Today, Deborah is joined by Kathy Andrews who is the Environmental Division Manager of the El Paso County Hazardous Waste Facility.
Nail polish. Cleansers. Make-up. Paint. All kinds of things are considered toxic, to find a list of things they accept the El Paso County Hazardous Waste Facility click here to find the list on their website. Their list includes items that are hazardous to health and environment.
Paint is their #1 collection. Last year, they collected over 100,000 gallons of paint. Another largely collected item are lawn and garden chemicals like fertilizers. Some fertilizers have very hazardous chemicals in them-like nitrogen. The fewer chemical you can apply to your lawn, the better for the environment. However, to get a green yard, sometimes the lawn needs to be fed. It is extremely important to follow directions on fertilizers very carefully. If you have anything leftover or old, bring it on down.
Another item that is good to donate to the facility is automotive chemicals such as: wheel cleaners, anti-freeze, tires, and oil. Many of these things can be recycled, reused or repurposed. Automotive oil can be repurposed for cement and some companies have a way to burn it safely. It is against the law to dump used automotive oil yourself because it’s so toxic with distillates, it’s extremely viscous, and contains heavy metals-1 gallon can contaminate up to 100,000 gallons of water! It’s free and easy to bring it to the facility.
Another things the Facility helps with is noxious weeds. What are they and why? Noxious weeds are non-native invasive species that threaten and endanger native species to Colorado which can cause problems with the animal habitat. EL Paso County tries to be good stewards and the state adopted the Colorado Noxious Weeds Act to help combat this environmental problem.
Every year, the state comes out with a list of which noxious weeds they want to eradicate (A list), contain and suppress (B list), or wish something didn’t exist (C list). But the weeds on the C list are so widespread, there’s not much they can do about these plants. They are plants which are non-native to Colorado and have some sort of potential to harm or invasive. Some spurges, which use to be sold as an ornamental but contain a toxic component that can make animals sick. Some other noxious plants in El Paso County when eaten can kill horses and other animals.
When we notify people they have noxious weeds, most people didn’t know and are happy to find out and get rid of them. Sometimes, people will go to other states to get plants. To find out which plants are noxious and how to help control them, check out the El Paso County website by clicking here.
Earth Day is coming up and you can help out with the Great America Clean-Up. There are twenty sites in El Paso County where you can register to help. On April 21, you can pitch in! Usually, the teams fill over 1,000 trash bags. You can sign up at www.gacppp.com for any of the 20 sites in the Colorado Springs area.
What about things you just don’t want around the house anymore. On April 14, the El Paso County Hazardous Waste Facility is sponsoring the Clean Sweep. What is this? This is the day they accept all kinds of things from your house that you want to donate. And this year, they are accepting larger televisions, allowing citizens of El Paso and Teller counties to bring in up to 3 televisions because it is illegal to dump them in a landfill—making it easy for people to be compliant.
Also, at the event, they’re accepting mattresses. Landfill managers don’t like them because they float. So, accepting 4 pieces (mattresses or box springs). Also, the facility is accepting up to nine tires because if you carry more than nine tires you’re considered a tire dealer according to the state of Colorado.
If you have any questions about the Hazardous Waste Facility you can check out their website at https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/environmental-division/household-hazardous-waste/ or call 520-7878.
Again, if you want to get involved for Earth Day 2018, join in the fun by signing up at http://www.gacppp.com for the Great American Cleanup in the Pikes Peak region.
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