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Proper hazardous waste disposal is a must

Root encourages residents to "buy what you need, use what you buy and recycle the leftovers with Goodhue County."

It's time to pack up those paint products and lithium batteries that have been collecting dust in the garage. Goodhue County household hazardous waste collection is gearing up just in time to help get spring cleaning started.

The best way to prepare, Goodhue County solid waste official Willie Root says, is by boxing up items that won't leak; do not use a plastic bag.

"Only bring acceptable items to the collections, it costs the county to dispose of the garbage separately," Root said. It's also important to take note of the collection times. Goodhue County will not accept any items before or after the scheduled time at each location.

If any of the items are not disposed of or recycled properly, the effects can be toxic.

"When these chemicals are thrown in the trash, ditch, stream or buried on someone's land, the chemicals will leak into the environment and contaminate the soil, surface water and groundwater," Root said. The potential for environmental pollution and contaminated drinking water is tremendous, he said.

Household hazardous waste collection schedule

• Red Wing, Goodhue County Recycling Center, Friday, May 5, 1-5 p.m.

• Red Wing, Goodhue County Recycling Center, Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon.

• Kenyon, Municipal Pool, Tuesday May 16, 3-6 p.m.

• Cannon Falls, Lake Byllesby Park, Thursday, June 1, 3-6 p.m.

• Goodhue, Community Center, Thursday, June 15, 3-6 p.m.

• Zumbrota, Goodhue County Fairgrounds, Thursday, June 22, 3-6 p.m.

• Wanamingo, Cenex on Highway 60, Tuesday June 27, 3-6 p.m.

• Pine Island, Pine Island High School, Thursday, July 13, 3-6 p.m.

• Cannon Falls, Lake Byllesby Park, Thursday, July 20, 3-6 p.m.

• Zumbrota, Goodhue County Fairgrounds, Thursday, July 27, 3-6 p.m.

• Red Wing, Goodhue County Recycling Center, Friday, August 11, 2-5 p.m.

• Red Wing, Goodhue County Recycling Center, Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. to noon.

If these hours do not fit your schedule, you can call 651-385-3658 to make special arrangements.

Root also wants to stress the do's and dont's of hazardous waste. Goodhue County is no longer accepting fluorescent bulbs at the hazardous waste collections. However, the Goodhue County Recycling Center accepts them Monday through Friday.

See: Household hazardous waste collection do's and dont's

To keep it simple, "Buy what you need, use what you buy and recycle the leftovers with Goodhue County," Root said. Rather than tossing out a half-empty bottle of bug spray or weed killer, ask if a neighbor could use it before dropping it off at the hazardous waste collection.

Participation in the hazardous waste collection program has been wonderful over the last 22 years. "We would like to acknowledge our volunteers who make this program a success year after year." Without their help, Root said, Goodhue County would not be able to deliver this service to residents.

The schedule is primarily for households only. Businesses that need to dispose of hazardous waste should contact the Olmsted County Hazardous Waste Facility in Rochester at 507-287-2470 and set up a time to bring their waste in.

For those who would like to lend a helping hand or have more questions regarding household hazardous waste, contact Willie Root at 651-385-3107 or call the Household Hazardous Waste hotline at 651-385-3107.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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