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Where to dump your hazardous waste

Pallavi Mukerjee
Vail CO, Colorado

In this and the next blog, I will talk about the household hazardous waste program, small business program, what kind of waste will be accepted and unaccepted at the Eagle County household and business hazardous waste facility, our “receive, recycle, and reuse area” and safer alternatives to household hazardous waste.

To refresh memories, a household hazardous waste is the leftover contents of a product that has one or more of the following characteristics:

a) it can burn and destroy living tissues on contact

b) It can cause injury or death through ingestion

c) It can be flammable

d) It can explode on sudden exposure to heat, shock, or pressure

A typical house can contain a vast number of hazardous products used for cleaning, painting, disinfecting, lubricating, killing pests and weeds, inside the house, yard, workshop, and garage.

The Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility will be coming up tentatively in summer 2008. At present, we have our design approved and will start the construction process soon. However, we request that no phone calls be made about our upcoming facility. We will have fliers, brochures and other forms of advertisement when the facility is built and ready to be opened to the general public.

The facility will have two separate programs. One is to serve the Eagle County residents and the other is to serve small businesses.

As mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, the primary goal of the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste Program is to provide the residents of the county with a safe, convenient, and free method of disposal of their household hazardous waste.

This will have the benefit of preventing hazardous materials from entering the landfill. It will also help to lessen contamination in surface and ground water, and protect sanitation workers, children, and animals from the dangers of improper disposal of household hazardous waste.

The Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program ” (CESQG): This program will help small businesses, to dispose off their hazardous waste. Small businesses don’t generate enough waste to make it economical for them to dispose it at waste management companies. If they store the waste on site for a long period, they run the risk of being in trouble with the environmental agencies due to non compliance.

CESQG’s are subject to federal and state regulations for proper disposal of hazardous waste.

As per federal regulations, CESQG’s of hazardous waste:

a) Are permitted to generate no more than 100 kilograms (220 lbs or 25 gallons) of hazardous waste and

b) No more than 1 kilogram (about 2.2 pounds or less than a quart) of acutely hazardous waste.

c) They can’t store more than 1000 kg of hazardous waste on site at any given time.

According to Colorado hazardous waste regulations, CESQG’s have two primary responsibilities- a) They must identify all the hazardous waste they generate and b) they must ensure that the waste is treated or disposed at a facility approved to take it.

CESQG’s according to Colorado law are not allowed to dispose of their hazardous waste onsite.

The goal of the Eagle County ‘Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program’ will be to assist local businesses in disposing of their hazardous wastes in a safer, timely, and more economical manner. This will also have the benefit of reducing or eliminating improper disposal of CESQG waste in the Eagle County landfill.

The program will be available at a reasonable cost to the CESQG’s based on the cost of testing, packaging, and disposal of their waste.

The Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility is starting a CEWADE program (Conditionally Exempt Waste Assistance Disposal and Education Program) to help small businesses to identify and dispose off their hazardous waste.

Service Area of the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste Program: The Eagle County HHW Facility will be open only to Eagle County residents. This includes residents of the towns and cities of Gypsum, Eagle, Wolcott, Edwards, Basalt, Avon, Eagle-Vail, El Jebel, Minturn, Red Cliff, Vail, and unincorporated Eagle County.

What documents do residents need to bring for disposal of their household hazardous waste at the facility?

Residents are REQUIRED TO furnish a proof of residence, prior to acceptance of their Household Hazardous Waste in the facility. The proof of residence may include, but is not limited to a driving license, voter ID, tax certificate, utility bill or lease agreement. Any other document which establishes that a person is a resident of Eagle County may also be used as a proof of residence.

Frequency of Visits:

There is no limit to the number of times a resident can use the household hazardous waste facility during the year.

Timings of the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste Program:

The Eagle County HHW facility will have established hours of operation to control the flow of materials and people at the facility. The facility will be open to the public,

three days a week as per the following schedule:

Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The residents don’t need an appointment prior to coming in to dispose of their household hazardous waste.

The facility will be open to ‘Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator’ (CESQG) on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator’s are required to have their waste stream approved by the Hazardous Waste Specialist before it is accepted in the facility. They are also required to have an appointment to come in and dispose of their household hazardous waste in the facility.

The HHW facility will only be open if the landfill is open.The HHW facility will close due to adverse weather conditions, including high winds, as directed by the Hazardous Waste Specialist and the Solid Waste Manager.

Pallavi Mukerjee can be reached at Pallavi.Mukerjee@eaglecounty.us.

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