The annual household hazardous materials roundup offers Englewood and Littleton residents the opportunity to recycle hard-to-dispose-of items like …
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The annual household hazardous materials roundup offers
Englewood and Littleton residents the opportunity to recycle
hard-to-dispose-of items like paint, lawn chemicals and even office
equipment like computers and printers.
The 19th edition of the event will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Sept. 11 and again the same hours on Sept. 18 at the Englewood
ServiCenter, 2800 S. Platte River Drive.
Members of the Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission, the city of
Englewood and the city of Littleton join forces with the recycling
company PSC and Electronic Recyclers International to staff the
event and collect the items dropped off..
The event is limited to Englewood and Littleton resident and
people who drop off materials must present proof that they live in
one of the two cities. Staff won’t accept materials from residents
of other communities or from commercial firms.
There is a limit of 10 gallons of material per vehicle, and
there is a cost of $20 to drop off items at the household hazardous
roundup. There is no charge to drop off cell phones, toner
cartridges, fax machines and computers but there is a charge of $10
per monitor and $25 per television set.
Items that can be dropped off at the roundup include automobile
batteries, flammable liquids like gasoline and paint thinner, lawn
and garden chemicals, oil based paint and propane tanks.
The roundup also will accept liquid mercury -containing devices
like thermometers, thermostats and blood-pressure gauges.
While the roundup will accept antifreeze and motor oil,
organizers remind residents it isn’t necessary to save those until
the roundup, because a number of Englewood and Littleton businesses
accept the items free of charge all year so the materials can be
recycled. A list of those businesses is given to those who visit
One item that is no longer accepted is Latex paint since it is
no longer considered a hazardous material and can be disposed of by
removing the lid to dry it out, then putting it in the trash.
Adding kitty litter to the mix speeds up the drying process.
Another option is to pour the latex paint in a plastic-lined
cardboard box, which works best if the paint is an inch deep or
less. Once the paint has dried out, it can be put in the trash.
The first roundup was held in 1992 and was for Englewood
residents only. In ’98, the program was expanded to include
Littleton residents. About 200 people normally visit the event.
Fees from residents who use the service, donations from area
companies, the committee and from the two cities also help offset
For information, Englewood residents can call 303-762-2345 and
Littleton residents can call 303-795-3748.
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