DON'T PUT THAT IN THE TRASH! El Paso County is collecting hazardous waste

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - There are a ton of items that should never be thrown away in your trash at home, and the El Paso County Community Services Department is helping to make sure you don't dispose of certain trash the wrong way!

The county hosted the first Clean Sweep Household Hazardous Waste Event for 2018 on April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional events will be held on June 9, August 11, and Oct. 13.

This event is free to all El Paso and Teller County residents for the proper disposal of residential household hazardous waste items, large TVs, mattresses, tires, etc.

The events will be held at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Dr. in Colorado Springs. All traffic will be directed to drive north on Akers Drive from Constitution to the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

The following items will be accepted from El Paso and Teller County residents ONLY – no business waste:

Electronics: ANY SIZE TV or COMPUTER MONITOR, limited to three total per vehicle. Computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra-books, netbooks, electronic tablets, DVD players, VCRs, radios, stereos, video game consoles, video display devices with viewing screens greater than 4” diagonally.

Paint and paint-related products (stains, strippers, thinners, varnishes, etc.)

Household chemicals (aerosols, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, lamp oil, etc.)

Lawn & garden chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, poisons, plant food, etc.)

Automotive chemicals (motor oil, antifreeze, brake & transmission fluids, waxes, bug/tar/vinyl/chrome/engine cleaners, etc.)

All types of batteries – lead-acid vehicle batteries and all types of household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, watch & hearing aid batteries)

Tires passenger and light truck (limit is nine {9} per vehicle).

Mattresses and box springs (limit four {4} total pieces per household).

Not Accepted:
Business waste, containers larger than 5-gallon, fluorescent bulbs & tubes, lab-grade chemicals, medicines, trash or recyclables, and unlabeled or leaking containers.

For additional information, call El Paso County at 719-520-7878.