Article was written by Amy Greil, Community Development Extension Educator.
Originally published in The Kenosha News.
Can you believe that, since 2016, more than 450,000 pounds of household hazardous chemicals, electronics, refrigerant waste and discarded appliances have been safely recycled and/or disposed of in Kenosha County through the annual Household Hazardous Waste events?
These events, hosting county residents, working in partnership with county government, ensure that these wastes never end up in water systems nor threaten human safety.
As this year’s collection event is quickly approaching this weekend, here are some frequently asked questions to assist you in planning to participate in the event.
What is collected at the 2021 Household Hazardous Waste, Electronic and Refrigerant Waste Event?
As the name suggests, hazardous household chemical wastes (not large-scale, commercial-grade quantities), household electronic waste and household cooling appliance waste will be collected free of charge from all Kenosha County residents.
Where is the Kenosha County Center’s Public Works Garage?
What time is best to avoid the lines?
Why can’t I bring latex paint? What should I do with it?
Latex paint is not considered to be a hazardous material. As such, it can be disposed of through paint swaps, donation or by putting it in the trash. The recommended method for trash disposal is to put kitty litter in a box, spread the paint over the litter and allow to dry, then dispose of it with your garbage. There are also paint hardeners that can be purchased at a hardware store.