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Pasco County residents dispose of 27 tons of hazardous waste

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on December 29, 2016

Pasco County Utilities staff collected 54,066 lbs. (27 tons) of hazardous material during the annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Initiative at the West Pasco Government Center on December 3, 2016.

“This was the most successful mobile hazardous waste collection in my six years with Pasco County – nearly doubling the chemical collection total from last year,” said Pasco County Environmental Hazardous Manager Charles Ryburn.  “Waste reduction, pollution prevention and removing chemicals from the solid waste stream are critical and Pasco County residents are helping make that happen.”

Pasco County residents turned out in a steady stream – 567 cars and trucks in just 6 hours – to drop off staggering amounts of waste.  The following is a list of hazardous waste collected and diverted from the solid waste stream:

  • 13,266 pounds of latex paint
  • 8,211 pounds of household chemicals
  • 115 lead acid batteries
  • 450 pounds of household batteries
  • 33 propane tanks
  • 275 gallons of used oil/antifreeze/gasoline
  • 250 mercury-containing lamps
  • 23,667 pounds of electronics recycling

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