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Benton County residents dispose of hazardous waste

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Benton County residents dropped off unwanted household hazardous waste Saturday at the Richland City Shops at the intersection of Duportail Street and Queensgate Drive.  They will be holding it again next Saturday at the same location and time.

Waste handlers accepted materials from 9:00am to 3:00pm in the parking lot and then sorted the material, before packaging and shipping it to a processor for safe disposal, free of charge.

The City of Richland Waste Manager, Kip Eagles says this is the first collection since their facility burned down last summer.  "It's hard on our landfill, it's hard on garbage trucks.  There can be things that spontaneously combust in the garbage trucks.  It's just a better way to handle it environmentally, to run it through this type of system," says Eagles.

Acceptable materials include:  paints, solvents, cleaners, car fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, florescent light bulbs and pool or hot tub chemicals.

Items not accepted include: electronics, tires, appliances, explosives, radioactive materials, asbestos, and trash.  Proof of Benton County residency is required.

Business and small quantity generators must make an appointment to drop off waste.   Appointments are available December 7 through 10 by calling 509-521-0023, or log click here.