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Event Sept. 26 will take hard-to-recycle items

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By The Staff

Two sites in El Rancho Town Center will be accepting drop-offs of household hazardous wastes and hard-to-recycle items on Sept. 26.

The two sites, Evergreen Country Day School and Walmart, will accept the drop-offs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the designated day, said Mereth Meade, a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club’s Project Earth Committee, which is sponsoring the recycling event.

This is Evergreen Rotary’s second annual all-inclusive event that collects hard-to-dispose-of items on the same day.

Drop-offs of household hazardous wastes are by appointment only at 303-316-6262 and are limited to 100 appointments. Leave a message. This site is available to Jeffco residents only.

There will be a $20 co-pay at the school site, payable by cash or check, and for that fee, Jeffco residents may drop off up to 10 gallons (physical containers) of latex paint, 25 gallons of motor oil, five car batteries and up to 75 pounds of oil-based paints, aerosols, batteries, fertilizers, pesticides, cleaners, anti-freeze and solvents. See www.rooneyroadrecycling.org for a complete list of accepted items.

There will be a $3.50 fee per gallon for more than 10 gallons of latex paint and a fee of $1 per pound for exceeding the 75-pound limit on the other items. Separate fees of $5 and $20, respectively, will permit the drop-off of propane camping cylinders and gas grill cylinders.

Items that will not be accepted include smoke detectors, explosives (including fireworks and ammunition) pharmaceutical waste (including medications, DEA-controlled substances and needles), and compressed gas cylinders other than propane.

Evergreen Country Day School is located off Colorado 74 in the El Rancho Town Center. From Swede Gulch road turn right at the four-way stop onto El Rancho road. The school parking lot will be on your left.

Free recycling of scrap metal, tires, shredding of documents and, new this year, polystyrene (Styrofoam) blocks will be at the Walmart site. Not included with polystyrene are food containers, bubblewrap or “peanuts.”

The first 800 tires, up to tractor size, will be free but after that there will be a 75-cent charge per tire. No commercial loads will be accepted.

Free metal recycling will include washers, dryers, bicycles, etc. but not refrigerators, containers of gas or mercury. A full list can be seen at www.wmrecycling.com.

Drop-off fees for electronic items at Walmart range from $1 for a computer mouse or cable to $10 for a laptop or monitor. Costs for TVs are $1 per inch diagonally. There is no charge for recycling Panasonic, Mitsubishi or Samsung items.

Other sponsors of the drop-off day, in addition to Walmart and the Evergreen Country Day School, include the Rooney Road Recycling Center, Clean Harbors, GRX, Cintas, Snowy River Enterprises, Western Metals Recycling, Eco-Cycle, Big O Tires of Evergreen, Rising Graphics, Wolins Design and the Canyon Courier.

Donations to help defray costs of the event are welcome.

For information, contact Meade at 303-674-7001.