The Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District will host 11 mobile events to collect household hazardous waste (HHW) in 2017. This year, the district is celebrating 20 years of protecting public health and the environment by safely disposing of HHW. Since its inception, the Regional HHW Collection program has collected more than 7 million pounds of HHW.
The Regional HHW Collection program provides residents of 33 participating communities in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties with opportunities to safely dispose of HHW close to home. The 2017 schedule includes collection events in Independence, April 1; Blue Springs, April 22; Gladstone, May 20; Pleasant Hill/Harrisonville, June 3; Kearney, June 17; Smithville, July 1; Platte County/Weston/Platte City, Aug. 19; Raymore/Belton, Sept. 9; Richmond, Sept. 23; Grain Valley, Oct. 7 and Liberty, Oct. 28. Details are online at http://www.recyclespot.org.
Common household hazardous products include paint, paint strippers, varnishes, adhesives and glues, hobby supplies, batteries, motor oil, compact fluorescent light bulbs, antifreeze, lawn and garden chemicals, and pesticides. The chemicals in these products can poison, corrode, explode, or ignite easily when handled improperly. Because of these hazardous qualities, HHW cannot be thrown out with regular trash.
Residents of participating communities may bring HHW to any of the mobile collection events and either of the permanent collection facilities in Lee’s Summit (816-623-3066) and Kansas City, Missouri (816-513-8400), at no charge. The program accepts residential waste only. Waste is not accepted from businesses — including home-based businesses, nonprofits, churches and rental properties. Proof of residency is required.
2017 participating communities include the cities of Belton, Blue Springs, Cleveland, Excelsior Springs, Garden City, Gladstone, Glenaire, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Harrisonville, Independence, Kansas City, Mo., Kearney, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Waukomis, Lake Winnebago, Lawson, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Lone Jack, North Kansas City, Parkville, Platte City, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Valley, Raymore, Richmond, Riverside, Smithville, Sugar Creek, Weatherby Lake and Weston, as well as unincorporated Clay, Jackson and Platte counties. Other jurisdictions may join the program by paying a per capita fee to give their residents access to the Regional HHW Collection program. Residents of non-participating communities may use the Lee’s Summit facility for a fee.
The MARC Solid Waste Management District administers the Regional HHW Program with funding provided in part by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and participating cities and counties. For more information on this and other environmental programs visit www.recyclespot.org or call 816-701-8226.