Landfill will accept paint, oil, batteries
People can soon safely dispose of old paint, chemicals and other dangerous household waste inside a protected shed at the Three Mile Canyon landfill on State Road 32 near Wanship.
"It’s a lot better than it going in the landfill," landfill operator Boyd Willoughby said.
Summit County Public Works officials built the ventilated, self-contained facility to also store stains, insecticides, herbicides and cleaners, Public Works Solid Waste Superintendent Mark Offret explained.
"We’ve got to take care of our water," Offret said.
Summit County, Park City Municipal and the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District each paid a third of the cost to install the roughly $30,000 hazardous materials drop-off facility, Offret said, adding that county residents won’t be charged to dump at the new facility.
"Without it, people are going to throw their hazardous materials in the regular garbage and we can’t see it. So it could end up in the landfill and in turn possibly in the different water tables," Offret said. "We don’t want to do that."
The new facility could open at the municipal landfill Dec. 21.
"Eventually, it all goes somewhere, if it’s free-flowing liquid," Offret said.
Recycle Utah Executive Director Insa Riepen suggests using the facility at the landfill near Rockport reservoir to dispose of batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, propane cylinders, automotive products, swimming pool chemicals and items that contain mercury including thermometers and smoke detectors.
Before the facility, residents could dispose of hazardous materials two days per year in western Summit County, Offret said.
"We’ve gotten a lot of materials from them, but it’s just so labor intensive to have it just two Saturdays a year," he said, adding that the landfill at Three Mile Canyon is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Next year a facility will open at Three Mile Canyon landfill for citizens to sort recyclables.
"We’re working on trying to keep anything that we can out of Three Mile landfill to extend the life of the landfill. If we’re getting materials that can be reused or recycled, we probably ought to be doing that," Offret said. "And we’re trying to make it more convenient for residents on both sides of the county."
Among the materials the drop-off center accepts are lumber, metals, plastics, yard waste, cardboard and carpet, according to Riepen.
Recycle Utah at 1951 Woodbine Way in Park City continues to accept electronic and computer waste seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riepen said.
Contact Summit County Public Works at 615-3970 for more information.
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