Collection of hazardous waste a success

Saturday’s collection of household hazardous waste and a number of recyclable materials was declared a success by event organizers.

Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, the twice-a-year collection at the county fairgrounds resulted in an accumulation of 454 tires, 12,000 pounds of household hazardous waste items and 27,000 pounds of electronics – enough to fill 46 pallets and 1 1/2 semi trailers.

Oil-based paints, pesticides and batteries were the most common items turned in at the household hazardous waste station. Meanwhile, old computers, monitors and keyboards were the most common goods dropped off at the electronics recycling site.

The second and final collection of the year is tentatively set for Oct. 6 at the fairgrounds.

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