Article and photos by Terri Wiebold
On Saturday, August 10, the Tri-County Health Department will host its annual drive-through Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup in Highlands Ranch at Shea Stadium, 3270 Redstone Park Circle, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Douglas County residents will be asked for a $25 contribution to help offset the high costs of hazardous waste disposal, which can cost more than $100 per household through a private company. Participants will be required to show a driver’s license, water bill, utility bill or phone bill to verify residency.
Acceptable items include: Paint and paint products, motor oil, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, vehicle batteries, house and garden chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, fire extinguishers, fireworks, ammunition, items containing mercury, propane tanks, helium tanks, and passenger vehicle and pickup truck tires.
The Roundup cannot accept waste from businesses and are not able to accept radioactive waste, smoke detectors, scrap metal, oil drums, asbestos, explosives stronger than fireworks, electronic waste or any compressed gases other than propane.
Additionally, residents with water-based, latex paint products are encouraged to dry the paint at home using something absorbent (kitty litter, sand or dirt) and dispose of the dried paint with regular garbage. This will significantly help lower the Roundup’s disposal costs.
For more information, call 303-846-6249 or visit www.tchd.org/householdchemical.htm.