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Volunteers wanted for Household Chemical Roundup

Do you like to get involved in your local community, or need volunteer hours for school? The Highlands Ranch Metro District is looking for volunteers to help at the annual Household Chemical Roundup Saturday, Aug. 16. The annual event in Highlands Ranch is presented by Tri-County Health Department in partnership with the Metro District and Centennial Water and Sanitation District.

The event provides an opportunity for Highlands Ranch residents to dispose of hazardous chemicals from their homes, sheds and garages in a safe, legal, and environmentally-sound manner. The chemical roundup provides an outlet for wastes that might otherwise end up in our creeks, stormwater systems, sanitary sewers, or be disposed of illegally on public or private property.

The Household Chemical Roundup is a very popular event. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, unloading items from vehicles, traffic control, sorting, and more. Help is needed beginning at 7 a.m. until the event ends at 3 p.m. You can volunteer for the entire event, or for the first or second shift from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., or 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Sports teams, church groups, school groups, and community organizations are encouraged to sign up. The minimum age to volunteer is 14 with a parent’s permission.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kari Larese at 720-240-4909 or

Tri-County Health Department hosts three chemical roundups in Douglas County each year. In 2013, the three events collected 185 tons of hazardous materials. This included:

  • 8,285 gallons of liquids
  • 9,600 pounds of pesticides
  • 40 pounds of mercury-containing devices and mercury-contaminated waste
  • More than 100 tons of paint and paint products
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