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Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup on September 21, 2019

Dispose of household chemical waste properly in Castle Rock

Posted on August 27, 2019 2019

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You’ve cleaned your house from top to bottom, now it’s time to dispose of common hazardous household products that you don’t use or need any more as you button up your home for fall.

The Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup makes it easy to drop off your household hazardous waste. Go to the Castle Rock Water utilities yard on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (The utilities yard is located at 175 Kellogg Court, Castle Rock, west of I-25 and south of Santa Fe Drive.)

Many common products found in the home may be hazardous and should be used and disposed of carefully. These include motor oil, antifreeze, vehicle batteries, solvents, house and garden chemicals, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fire extinguishers, items containing mercury, propane tanks (1-20 pounds), paint, and passenger vehicle and pickup truck tires off the rim. Proper disposal at the Roundup helps prevent the potential of accidental poisonings and fire hazards in the home.

Residents drive up and volunteers will unload the materials. Douglas County participants should bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, and $25 per vehicle to offset the high cost of hazardous waste disposal. Residents are encouraged to register in advance online at www.tchd.org/hcroundup.

A FREE Drop-and-Swap area is available where citizens can pick-up unused household cleaners, car wax, antifreeze, fertilizer, and garden products that are still in their original containers. Reuse of these items promotes environmental stewardship by reducing the amount of waste disposed and additionally decreases the total disposal cost of the Roundup.

Residents with architectural paint and paint products can now conveniently drop-off unwanted paint for free recycling year-round at many locations in the Denver Metro Area. A map of participating Paint Stewardship Program retailers can be found at www.paintcare.org. Simply click find a drop-off site and type in your address to find the nearest participating paint retailer for year-round drop-off service for accepted paint products.

The Douglas County Household Chemical Roundups cannot accept waste from businesses and are not able to accept radioactive waste, compressed gases other than propane (1-20 pounds), smoke detectors, tractor tires, electronic waste of any kind, scrap metal, 55-gallon drums, waste containing asbestos, or explosives.

Individuals or community group volunteers are greatly needed at this event to help with registration, vehicle off-load, and waste processing. Volunteers are allowed to dispose of their waste for free. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.tchd.org/hcroundup and click on Volunteer Registration under the Douglas County tab or call the 24-hour Household Chemical Roundup Hotline at 303-846-6249.

The Household Chemical Roundups are sponsored by: Douglas County; Centennial Water and Sanitation District; Highlands Ranch Metro District; Parker Water and Sanitation District; Plum Creek Wastewater Authority; South Metro Fire Rescue; Castle Rock Water; Town of Parker; City of Lone Tree; Inverness Water and Sanitation District; High Prairie Farms Metro District; Perry Park Water and Sanitation District; Castle Pines North Metro District; Cottonwood Water and Sanitation District; Louviers Mutual Service Company; Roxborough Water and Sanitation District; Interstate Batteries; and Tri-County Health Department.

In 2018, the Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup Program properly disposed of 398,518 pounds of hazardous materials and an estimated 3,225 households were served. View the 2018 Douglas County Annual Report (PDF) for more information.

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