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Posted on: August 7, 2023

City/County Partner To Host Hazardous Waste Collection Event August 26

2023 City County Hazardous Waste Event flyer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of Montrose
Office of the City Manager
400 E Main Street
Montrose, CO 81401

Contact: William Woody, Public Information Officer, City of Montrose
970.240.1439 | william@visitmontrose.com | www.cityofmontrose.org

Contact: Katie Yergensen, Communications Director, Montrose County
970.964.8701 | kyergensen@montrosecounty.net | www.montrosecounty.org

City/County Partner To Host Hazardous Waste Collection Event August 26

Montrose, CO — The City of Montrose, in partnership with Montrose County, has planned a waste collection event to give Montrose area residents an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous chemicals used in many household products. 

Batteries, aerosols, fertilizer, paint supplies, fluorescent light bulbs, and liquid fuels and chemicals will be collected during the 2023 Household Hazardous Waste Event scheduled for Saturday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Public Works Shop located at 1221 64.50 Road. 

Earlier this spring the city and county agreed to contribute funds to safely dispose of all hazardous materials collected during the event. 

“In an effort to promote safety, beautify the community, and expand public services, the City of Montrose and Montrose County desire to host a one-time combined Residential Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection event that will include city and county residents,” the city and county said in a joint statement. “The goal of this event is to encourage citizens to properly collect, handle, and dispose of common household hazardous waste materials.”

Volumes and quantities are limited to a maximum of 20 gallons of liquid waste material, 50 pounds of dry, granular palletized, or powder waste material, and 20 aerosol cans per customer. 

Fee Schedule:


• Batteries (Wet/Dry Cell) Lithium, nickel-cadmium (NiCd), and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH)  —  $4.00 each. 

Large rechargeables (gel cells)  —  $3.00 each. Alkaline  —  $2.00 each. Lead-acid batteries — No Charge 

• Light bulbs (fluorescent and ballasts) Fluorescent bulbs (8', 4', and shorter) up to 10 — FREE. Over 10, $1.00 each. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) — FREE

• Liquid Fuels (automotive fluids, degreasers, mineral spirits, gasoline, kerosene)  — $1.00 per gallon or $0.50 for smaller containers.

• Liquid Chemicals (acids, adhesives, bleach, caustic cleaners, oxidizers, solvents)  — $2.00 per gallon or $.50 for smaller containers.

• Fertilizer (granular) Containers weighing five pounds or less  — $1.00 Containers weighing five pounds or more  —  $2.00. 

• Fertilizers (liquid) Containers per gallon  — $2.00 Containers less than one gallon  —  $1.00.

• Herbicides, Pesticides, Poisons, Insecticides (liquids, must be in sealable containers)  — $2.00 per gallon or $1.00 for smaller containers.

• Paint (oil & latex based, primers, artist)  — No charge.  Paint Supplies (cleaner, thinner, varnish, turpentine)  — $1.00 per gallon or $0.50 for smaller containers 

• Aerosols and spray paint  — $1.00 each. 

• Fire Extinguishers  — $5.00 each 

• Solid grease, waxes, oils, chemicals, cleaners — FREE

• Stains, polyurethanes — FREE

• Stucco, plaster, drywall mud, mortar, grout — FREE

•Thermometers (mercury) $1.00 each 

Flammable gas tanks propane, oxygen, mapp  — small (1 lb)  $2.00 each, large (20 lb) $5.00 each (The contents of these products are not classified as household hazardous waste, however due to the methods required to safely dispose of the containers, they are included in this event.)

Volumes and quantities shall be limited to a maximum of twenty (20) gallons of liquid waste material (cumulative), fifty (50) pounds of dry granular, pelletized, or powder waste material (cumulative), and twenty (20) aerosol cans (cumulative) per customer. 

The following shall NOT be collected:

• Unidentifiable chemicals and hazardous wastes; 

• Non-residential household hazardous wastes; 

• Excessive volumes or quantities of residential household hazardous wastes reasonably indicating the material was generated from a commercial or industrial facility; 

• Explosive or radioactive material; 

• Electronic waste 

• Biological/infectious waste 

For more information about the City of Montrose, visit CityofMontrose.org.  

For more information about Montrose County, visit www.montrosecounty.net

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