Get ready for Independence’s annual free household hazardous waste (HHW) collection 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. This will be the 16th year for this environmental event, with a total of 504 tons collected at the previous 15 events. Last year, more than 77,000 pounds of hazardous waste were delivered by citizens to ensure proper disposal.
The event will be held in the large parking lot bordered by Walnut, Liberty, Kansas and Osage, one block south of the Independence Square. Enter from Osage Street. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or City utility bill, is required. This is a popular event and residents should plan for long lines.
Products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying and disinfecting the house, yard and garage are considered hazardous wastes and should be properly disposed of to protect the environment. The health and safety of people, animals, the community and the environment, are endangered when these products are discarded in the trash, poured down sinks or into street storm drains.
Products which will be accepted at the HHW collection are: batteries; paint and paint products (including aerosol cans), varnish, stripper, thinner/turpentine; fluorescent light bulbs; garden and yard products (herbicides, pesticides, sprays, rat poison, and weed killers); automotive fluids, such as antifreeze and used motor oil; household cleaners (drain, toilet, oven); kerosene; mercury thermometers; unused, unwanted medicines, etc. If you are uncertain whether a particular waste will be accepted, call Water Pollution Control at (816) 325-7711.
Containers with gasoline or a mixture of any products cannot be returned.
The HHW collection will not accept electronics, appliances, trash, yard waste, medical waste, tires, asbestos, radioactive waste, pressurized gas cylinders or commercial waste.
The Independence Police Department will be onsite with certified explosive ordnance officers to collect and dispose of old or unwanted ammunition, explosives, firearms, fireworks, etc. Contact the IPD at (816) 325-7997 for more information about this type of disposal.
Volunteers will help unload vehicles. No walk ups will be allowed. To transport and deliver to the site, tightly secure all container lids. Bring in original containers, if possible. Don’t mix different or unknown substances. If containers are leaking, wrap in plastic and pack in a larger container/box with absorbent material, such as cat litter. To pack items, use sturdy tubs or boxes and surround them with newspaper.
Alternative disposal is available as other regional cities will host collection events later this year. In addition, residents can take HHW products to the Kansas City facility, 4707 Deramus (816) 513-8401 all year long for free disposal. No appointment is necessary at this location. Days of operation are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The facility is closed Sunday and Monday.
The Lee’s Summit, MO facility at 2101 S.E. Hamblin Rd. is open 7 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month April through November and is also free. There is a limit of 100 pounds per visit. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (816) 969-1800.
For more information about the City’s HHW Disposal Program or the scheduled April disposal event, call WPC at (816) 325-7711 or visit www.independencemo.org/wpc.