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Household Hazardous Waste Collected at Kennewick fairgrounds

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Workers unload household hazardous waste at fairgrounds. Collection continues Saturday. Workers unload household hazardous waste at fairgrounds. Collection continues Saturday.

KENNEWICK, WA- Got hazardous waste? Friday and Saturday you can take it to the Benton Franklin fairgrounds.

Pickup trucks and cars lined up early Friday morning to drop off old paint, stale gasoline and other automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, pesticides, propane tanks, swimming pool and hot tub chemicals, batteries, and old fluorescent light bulbs. These are the most common household wastes that Benton County Solid Waste workers want to keep out the landfill.

"Like a gallon of paint. It's a liquid. It can't go in the landfill in this area because our landfills are not lined landfills," says Donna Holmes.

Fluorescent light bulbs and batteries pose risks because the chemicals inside could spread.

The solid waste department started the bi-annual collection weekend in 2011 after a fire destroyed the collection building. Holmes says the department is currently looking for property for a new collection site. Once a site is purchased, Holmes says the work will begin to apply for grant money to build a new permanent hazardous waste collection center.

Workers will accept household hazard waste from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You will need to show proof you live in Benton County. The collection workers will not accept electronics, tires, appliances, explosives, radioactive materials, asbestos and biohazards.

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