County launches ‘reuse’ program for paints, cleaners and other chemical waste – The Kansan
Chad Frey Newton Kansan USA TODAY NETWORK
Need an extra can of wood stain or latex paint for a small project? How about supplies to clean up after? The Harvey County Transfer Station might have what you need. And now you can have it.
“Residents can now take advantage of a new program we offer at the landfill for used household hazardous waste,” said Justin Bland, Harvey County Solid Waste Superintendent. “This allows residents to take previously used items like wood stains, paints, automotive supplies, household cleaning products that meet our criteria for our reuse program.”
The county kicked off the program this week, with a room full of shelves containing paints and chemicals ready to take away. The products are available at no cost to the consumer. There is no limit to the amount taken.
“Household hazardous waste is one of the solid waste industry’s biggest expenses. It’s an expensive program to get rid of hardware,” Bland said. “It’s a big savings for the county, and on top of that, we get to put that great reusable product back into the hands of other people.”
Harvey County spent $15,721 to eliminate household hazardous waste in 2020.
The reuse program is self-service. Visitors must check in at the Scale, Harvey County Transfer Station, 3205 SW. 24th St., Newton, where they will be directed to the reuse facility. Visitors will register their name, city of residence and record any material taken on an attendance sheet.
The reuse program is available during normal transfer station hours.
Harvey County operates a Household and Small Quantity Generator Hazardous Waste Program, which allows residents to dispose of a wide range of materials free of charge that should not be placed in the regular waste stream.
Typically, examples include cleaning products in the garage, kitchen cabinets, or bathroom cabinets, such as paints, pesticides, cleaners, chemicals, motor oil, antifreeze, and other related items.
Previously, these items were not available for reuse. Now, items that are properly tagged and eligible for the reuse program will be shared with the community.
Implementing the reuse program reduces expenses by reducing the amount of RDD that must be processed and shipped.