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City of Fort Collins hosting free hazardous waste dropoff on CSU campus Sept. 17

September 5, 2011
by Patty Bigner, City of Fort Collins

To help community members safely and properly dispose of the many hazardous wastes that have accumulated in their homes, the City of Fort Collins will host a free household hazardous waste collection, Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., northwest corner of Lake Street and College Avenue on the CSU campus. Limit of 30 gallons per household.

Last year's free hazardous waste pickup hosted by the City of Fort Collins on the CSU campusThe events provide residents the opportunity to go through their garages, kitchens, bathrooms and storage sheds and dispose of old or extra chemicals and other hazardous materials in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Pesticides, paint among acceptable items

Among items that will be accepted are pesticides, paint, cleaning products, automotive products, used oil and mercury-containing switches (labeled and non-leaking). Items that will not be accepted include light bulbs, explosives, asbestos, bio-waste (e.g. needles, bandages), pharmaceuticals and electronics. Commercial and industrial wastes also will not be accepted.

Hazardous wastes pollute the environment through groundwater, surface water and air. Improper disposal of household wastes can cause problems for the entire community by negatively impacting the environment, storm drainage systems and wastewater treatment equipment.

“Beyond being poisonous to humans and wildlife, hazardous waste can be explosive, highly flammable and corrosive,” said Jon Haukaas, water engineering and field services manager at Fort Collins Utilities. “Never dispose of hazardous wastes by pouring them down a sink or storm drain or by tossing them into the trash. Our wastewater treatment plants and sanitary landfill are not designed to handle this waste.”

“The best solution is to buy only the amount of cleaning products or paint you are able to use, so you don’t accumulate materials that are unsafe or unhealthy to keep around the house,” added Haukaas.

Safety tips offered

When packing and transporting hazardous products, be sure to follow these safety tips:

• Store items upright in boxes or tubs (do not bring them loose in bags).
• Place similar items together (do not stack or pile on top of each other).
• Ensure containers are sealed and not leaking.
• Store acids and oxidizers separately, away from each other as well as other hazardous products.
• Keep items away from children and pets.

Residents also may take their hazardous products to the Larimer County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located with the landfill on South Taft Hill Road. This service is free for residents (hours and details at

To schedule an online drop-off appointment, visit (limited number available). For more information and to find out if a particular item will be accepted, e-mail, call (970) 221-6700 or TDD (970) 224-6003. Learn more about disposal options at

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336