Record of hazardous waste collected in Mesa County

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. A record amount of hazardous waste was collected in Mesa County this year. Officials said more than 6,000 residents dropped off hazardous materials to the Mesa County Landfill's waste site.

Officials said the more that's collected, the less is left floating around in our community. If hazardous waste is disposed of improperly, it can cause harmful effects to our environment.

Hazardous materials are common around the household, like car batteries, old paints, motor oil, and electronics. This year, the hazardous waste site collected nearly 300,000 pounds of it. Spokesperson for Mesa County, Ryan Cook, said, "There's no negative effects for the amount of waste that's collected. In fact, it's better the more waste that we can collect. It just means there might be an extra truck load that's going to take the stuff incinerated or recycled."

Mesa county residents can drop off used or unused hazardous waste at a site near the Mesa County Landfill. Some items that are partially used can be recycled back into the community for others to use for free. But if it can't be reused, trained professionals take all the waste and dispose of it properly.

If you have any hazardous waste materials at your home that you'd like to get rid of, officials ask that you don't throw them in the trash. You can bring them to the site by the landfill. In most cases, they'll take those items off your hands for free.

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