by Pam Zubeck
Apparently, the county's waste collection facility won't be open the exact hours previously stated. Here's the schedule, as provided by the county's environmental manager, Kathy Andrew:
April 14 — Household Hazardous Waste Collection — Many products used in the home, garden, garage, and hobby shop contain hazardous chemicals that can potentially harm families. Anything marked "caution," "keep out of reach of children," "danger," "poison," "hazardous," "flammable," and “skin irritant" should be considered hazardous. The event is 9am until 1pm at 3255 Akers Drive, 80922. Call 520-7878
April 21 — Earth Day Celebration — Pikes Peak Recycles. In celebration of Earth Day and to encourage healthy homes and communities, El Paso County and the Pikes Peak Earth Day Committee will host a community recycling and proper disposal event. This event promotes proper waste disposal which is crucial to healthy counties and healthy families. 9am until 2pm, 3255 Akers Drive, 80922. Call 520-7878.
April 28 — National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day — Prescription drug abuse is alarmingly high more than cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. The majority of abused prescription medications are obtained from family and friends. To combat this problem, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is providing the opportunity to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications. The event is 10am until 2pm, 3255 Akers Drive, 80922. Call 520-7878.
If you're changing out your bathroom fixtures, don't toss the toilet and sink into a landfill.
Starting Monday, El Paso County will start accepting porcelain as a recyclable at its Household Hazardous Waste Disposal facility, 3255 Akers Dr., to be crushed and used in road maintenance.
El Paso County commissioners this week adopted a resolution declaring April as Earth Month and April 11 as Earth Day.
“We all can help raise awareness and encourage our community…to voice their appreciation for the planet, to promote its protection, and to conserve our resources to make El Paso County a better place to live,” Commissioner Dennis Hisey said, as he read the resolution into the record, as reported in a news release.
The porcelain will be accepted free of charge, environmental manager Kathy Andrews said in the release, as are other items.
The disposal facility accepts a range of waste, including motor oil, electronics, fertilizer and paint at no cost. In addition to its regular schedule, the facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. three Saturdays in April — the 14th, 21st, and 28th.
“Not everybody is or has been wasteful," Hisey says in the release. "Previous generations were aware of their limited resources. They had less and made due with less. I think we can learn a lot by looking backwards.”
Allison Plute and Megan Andreozzi of Pikes Peak Earth Day told commissioners of many activities the organization has planned in April, including a presentation by Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970. A list of Pikes Peak Earth Day activities is available at: www.pikespeakearthday.org.