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Locals Disposed Their Household Hazardous Wastes the Safer Way

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People disposed of their household hazardous wastes in an environmental-friendly way. People disposed of their household hazardous wastes in an environmental-friendly way.
RICHLAND, WA- Benton County residents did their part to help stop hazardous waste from harming the environment.

These common items we use in our house may be useful but if not disposed properly, they can cause quite a bit of damage to the environment.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans have 1.6 tons of household hazardous waste.  Nearly 100 pounds is found in basements and garages.

Benton County residents dropped off these items at the free event Saturday in Richland. The Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator Graham Gudzia wanted people to bring their wastes to them instead of throwing them away to hurt the environment.

“This is extremely important.  It's the only way for a lot of the community to get rid of this kind of material instead of going to landfill.  We care about sustainability.  We really appreciate when they can do those kinds of things,” said Gudzia.

Residents were allowed to bring several items including paint, batteries, fluorescent lights, and many other things.  The group recycled everything they could and things that could not be recycled will be destroyed and taken to specialized landfills. 

The drop off projected to see nearly 600 cars Saturday in the Uptown Center parking lot in Richland. 

The event happens several times a year and the next one is in October.  
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