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Help protect the environment; Oct. 1 chemical roundup collects unwanted chemicals

Help protect the environment; Oct. 1 chemical roundup collects unwanted chemicals

As the brisk temperatures of fall begin, now is the perfect time to straighten up around the house. But, keep in mind the weekend to-do list should also include collecting any unused household chemicals sitting around the house. For proper disposal in Castle Rock, stop by the Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup Saturday, Oct. 1.

The chemical roundup is the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted household chemicals. If those chemicals are not disposed of properly, they can contaminate the water supply, air and landfills. For example, one drop of oil can contaminate more than one million drops of water.

Drop off unwanted chemicals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Castle Rock Utilities building, 175 Kellogg Court. This is a joint event between Castle Rock Water and the Tri-County Health Department to prevent pollution and help protect trash handlers.

Items being accepted include:

·         House, garden and pool chemicals

·         Oil-based paint and paint products

·         Automotive fluids

·         Fuels

·         Propane tanks (1-20 pounds)

·         Vehicle and household batteries

·         Items containing mercury

·         Fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs

·         Car and pickup truck tires, with rims removed

Items that cannot be accepted include:

·         Business and commercial waste

·         Radioactive waste

·         Electronic waste (computers, televisions, etc.)

·         Explosive waste

·         Smoke detectors

·         Waste containing asbestos

·         Tractor tires

·         Scrap metal

·         Medical waste

·         Compressed gasses other than propane

A contribution of $25 is requested to help offset the high costs of hazardous waste disposal. Participants must be Douglas County residents and will be asked for a driver’s license, water bill, utility bill or phone bill to verify residency.

Or, save the $25 contribution and try recycling leftover paint. Visit PaintCare.org to find a drop-off site near you. PaintCare sites accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers and clear coatings for free.

More than 984 households participated in last year’s Castle Rock chemical roundup event which disposed of approximately 126,515 pounds of hazardous materials.

Looking to help out? Volunteers are still needed. Head to CRgov.com/roundup for more information.