Palo Alto County has been awarded a Regional Collection Center Establishment Grant for Household Hazardous Materials (HHM), according to Joe Neary of the Palo Alto County Solid Waste department. The grant of $39,991 was approved by the Environmental Protection Commission and awarded to Palo Alto County.
The Satellite Collection building is now in place at the Palo Alto County Transfer Station, 3428 450th Avenue. This Satellite Collection Center will provide a place for residents of the county to bring household hazardous materials. The Regional Collection Center from Spencer will pick the household hazardous materials from Palo Alto County every 180 days.
The Satellite Collection Center will be open Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon. Palo Alto County must call for an appointment and indicate what household hazardous materials they will be bringing. Residents will then know what will or will not be accepted.
The opening date for the Palo Alto Satellite Collection Center will be Friday, March 22, with a spring Open House to follow.
What is a household hazardous material (HHM)? A household product is considered hazardous if it contains one of the following signal words: Warning, Caution, Danger, and Poison. They also have one or more of the following characteristics: toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive.
Typical household hazardous materials that can be brought to the collection center include motor oil products, gasoline and diesel additives, degreasers, waxes and polishes solvents, paints (no latex) lacquers and thinners, caustic household cleaners, petroleum based fertilizers, pesticides and a list of miscellaneous items.
Educating the public is an important part of disposal of household hazardous materials. Joe Neary, County Sanitarian, and Miriam Patton, Palo Alto County Naturalist, will be meeting with service and civic groups in Palo Alto County as a way of informing the public about household hazardous materials.
Groups that would like Joe Neary to speak about HHM are asked to call to reserve a date and time. His office number is: 852-3058. Any size group, large or small is welcome to call.