The El Paso County Environmental Division will be hosting a household waste and recycling disposal event at the Citizens Service Center on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens of El Paso and Teller Counties are encouraged to bring acceptable items to the event for appropriate disposal at no cost.
Items that will be accepted at the event include large appliances, automotive products, batteries, electronics (including televisions), household chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, medicines, medical sharps (no controlled substances), metal, paint and paint products, paper to be shredded (limit of two 1’ x 1’ x 1.5’ boxes), tires, and yard waste. Due to space limitations, general trash will not be accepted at this event.
The event, which is cosponsored by El Paso County, and El Paso County Public Health, is intended to make proper disposal of potentially harmful materials as easy and stress-free as possible for county citizens.
Kathy Andrew, manager of the El Paso County Environmental Division, has specifically emphasized the impact that improper disposal can have on the safety of the community.
“The dangers of pouring things down the drain or into storm sewers or putting them out with the trash to go to the landfill might not be immediately obvious,” says Andrew, “but these disposal methods can pollute the environment and pose a serious threat to human health.”
This will be the second large disposal event hosted by El Paso County this year. The first took place on March 23 at the Widefield Community Center. In spite of blizzard-like conditions, the event drew more than 200 citizens eager to take advantage of the free disposal.
El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey, who braved the cold as a volunteer at the Widefield event, is confident that even more citizens will attend the Spring Clean Sweep.
“In spite of the weather we had such a great turnout at the Widefield disposal day,” said Hisey, “I think that shows how much folks appreciate these types of county services. We are thrilled to be able to host disposal events, and I look forward to them happening for many years to come.”
The collection site is in the open parking lot behind the Citizens Service Center (1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road) To access the site, use the driveway entrance just west of the parking garage off Garden of the Gods Road. For more information, please see the attached flyer, or contact the Environmental Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 520-7878.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer