Reusing hazardous materials

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at Mesa County Landfill is a place where local residents can drop off toxic materials that shouldn't be dumped in our landfills.

Items include batteries, aerosol sprays, oil, paint, household cleaners, and more.

“I think it's important to be environmentally conscious so we don't poison our land, said Pat Chapin,” a Grand Junction resident who takes advantage of the program.

“The point of our facility is to keep liquids out of the Mesa County Landfill as well as hazard waste," said Hope Petrie, manager at the hazardous materials collection facility.

Officials said they're trying to keep the ground and drinking water from getting contaminated.

Items that are dropped off are sorted, cleaned, and restocked. Residents can come in and take their pick form used materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.

“This facility collects all that waste, to keep it out of the facility and out of the landfill and keep it out of the environment,” said Petrie.

More than 2,000 people have taken items from the re-use program, and 50,000 pounds of material has been donated just in 2016.

“It just makes me feel better, it makes me feel like we are making a little bit of a difference by bringing the paint and electronic and insecticides here and letting them take care of it,” Chapin said.

The site is open for local residents to drop off hazardous materials on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Small businesses can also drop off items, but they must schedule an appointment and pay a small fee.

For more information call 970-257-9336, visit 3071 U.S. Highway 50 in Grand Junction, or click on the link on the right side of this screen.

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