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Highlands Ranch Household Chemical Roundup on Aug. 16

The next Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup will be held in Highlands Ranch at Shea Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Shea Stadium is located at 3270 Redstone Park Circle, one block southeast of Santa Fe Drive and Town Center Drive.

Household Chemical Roundups offer a means for the public to properly dispose of household waste that could otherwise contaminate our water supply, the air and landfills. Many common products found in the home may be hazardous and should be used and disposed of carefully. These include paint and paint products, motor oil, antifreeze, vehicle batteries, household rechargeable batteries, solvents, house and garden chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fire extinguishers, items containing mercury, propane tanks, and passenger vehicle and pickup truck tires. Proper disposal at the Household Chemical Roundup helps prevent pollution, keeps chemicals out of the ground water, and also protects the people handling your garbage.

People do not have to get out of their vehicles as they drive through the Chemical Roundup; volunteers will unload all discarded materials. Douglas County participants are asked for a $25 contribution to help offset the high costs of hazardous waste disposal, which can cost more than $100 per household through a private company. Participants will be asked for a driver’s license, water bill, utility bill, or phone bill to verify residency. Residents are encouraged to register in advance online at www.tchd.org/250/Home-Chemical-Waste to decrease wait time at the event.

There will also be a FREE Drop-and-Swap area where people can leave or take household cleaners, paint products, car wax, antifreeze, fertilizer and garden products that are still in their original containers. Sharing these products helps the environment, since the products get used up, rather than becoming part of landfill trash. The Drop-and-Swap also helps reduce the Roundup’s disposal costs.

The Roundup cannot accept waste from businesses, and is not able to accept radioactive waste, smoke detectors, electronics of any kind, scrap metal, oil drums, asbestos, or explosives.

Residents with water-based latex paint products are encouraged to dry the paint at home by mixing in an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or dirt, and then disposing of the dried paint with their regular garbage. Solidified latex paint is not considered a hazardous waste, and properly disposing of it at home will significantly help lower the Roundup’s disposal costs.

Volunteers are greatly needed at this event to help with registration, vehicle off-load, and waste processing. Volunteers are provided with free food throughout the day, a gift for helping out at the event, and are allowed to dispose of their waste for free. Individuals and groups interested in helping with this event should call 720-200-1592 or register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HCR_Volunteer_Registration.

Household Chemical Roundups are sponsored by Douglas County, Centennial Water and Sanitation District, the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts, Parker Water and Sanitation District, Plum Creek Wastewater Authority, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Parker, City of Lone Tree, Cherry Creek South Metro District, Inverness Water and Sanitation District,High Prairie Farms Metro District, Perry Park Water and Sanitation District, Roxborough Water and Sanitation District, Thermo Fluids, Waste Connections of Colorado and the Tri-County Health Department.

In 2013, the Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup Program properly disposed of 185 tons of hazardous materials, of which more than 100 tons were household paint and paint products. An estimated 3077 households were served in 2013.

For more information, visit www.tchd.org/250/Home.