The 2011 Household Chemical Round-Up will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joint Service Facility, located at 17801 E. Plaza Dive in Parker. This event is open to all Douglas County residents. Proof of County residency is required at the entrance.
Items that will be accepted include house, garden and pool chemicals; automotive fluids; fuels; propane tanks (one to 20 pounds); vehicle and household batteries; mercury; fluorescent light bulbs, including CFLs and car and pickup truck tires (remove from rim).
Paint and paint products can also be disposed of at the event, but remember that latex paint can be legally and safely disposed of in regular household garbage if it is completely dried out. To dry out latex paint, mix kitty litter, sand, sawdust, dirt or any other absorbent material with the wet paint and allow it to dry in an area inaccessible to children and pets. Depending on the type and quantity of absorbent materials used, it will take anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours to dry out.
Items that will NOT be accepted include business and commercial waste; radioactive or explosive waste; smoke detectors; asbestos containing waste; compressed gases other than propane; tractor tires and scrap metal.
A payment of $25 per vehicle is greatly appreciated to help offset the significant cost of hazardous waste disposal. To pre-register for the event go to www.tchd.org/householdchemical.htm. The deadline to pre-register is Thursday, May 12.
For more information on the Household Chemical Roundup, or if you are interested in volunteering, please call 720.200.1592.