Household hazardous waste contract for SJC residents

St. Joseph County officials agreed to renew a contract with Kalamazoo County for year-round disposal of household hazardous waste.

During their monthly board meeting Dec. 19, commissioners OK’d a proposal to continue the arrangement that started in May.

County administrator Teresa Doehring said the service is provided to St. Joseph County residents and allows for drop-off of hard-to-dispose-of items such as electronics, automotive products, pesticides and herbicides, fuels, fire extinguishers, light bulbs, items containing mercury, household cleaners and paint. A complete list is available through a link at:

The agreement with Kalamazoo County costs St. Joseph County $5,000 a year and allows St. Joseph County residents to drop off at no charge applicable items at the year-round collection site, located adjacent to Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.

Doehring said 10 St. Joseph County households took advantage of the opportunity over the course of the past eight months.

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  1. How is $5,000 for 10 families cost-effective use of tax dollars? That’s $500 per family! And they had to drive the “hazardous” waste to Kalamazoo? Why not have monthly pickups at the St Joe County fairgrounds?

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