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What To Do With Household Hazardous Materials

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I have not always been a diligent recycler, but I am trying to change my ways. I have, however, long tried to follow the rules regarding disposal of household hazardous materials. But it was not only inconvenient but nearly impossible to rid myself of unusable or unwanted antifreeze, paint, paint thinner, old oil, pesticides, solvents, batteries and the like. Nearly two decades ago, Ada County, the City of Boise, Ada County Highway District and Central District Health sponsored a one- or two-day drop off per year in which citizens could rid themselves of hazardous trash. People would have to wait hours in line to dispose of a couple of half-empty cans of wood stain and insect repellent. Drop off transfer sites were also available, but they, too, only took waste on certain days.

Though it's still confusing, following is a list of household hazardous collection sites and their days of operation:

Sunday: Nothing is open.

Monday: Every Monday, you can visit the Sanitary Services Company, 2130 W. Franklin Rd., Meridian. Drop-off is from noon to 7 p.m.

Tuesday: The first Tuesday of the month, you can take household waste to Fire Station #10, 12065 W. McMillan Rd. The third Tuesday of each month, you can drop it off at the Bench Sewer District, 4828 W. Emerald St. Drop-off is from noon to 7 p.m.

Wednesday: The first Wednesday of the month, Fire Station #13 at 2515 S. Five Mile Rd. is open from noon to 7 p.m.. The second Wednesday of the month in October, January, April and July, you can take your waste to the city of Eagle's drop-off location in the Eagle Public Library parking lot, 100 Stierman Way, from noon to 7 p.m. The fourth Wednesday of the month, Fire Station #12 at 3240 State Highway 21 is open from noon to 7 p.m. for waste.

Thursday: On the first Thursday of the month, Fire Station #1 at 707 Reserve St. is open for collection; on the second Thursday, it's Fire Station #3 at 2202 Gekeler Ln.; on the third Thursday, visit the Idaho Department of Transportation at 3311 W. State St.; and on the fourth Thursday of the month, head to Allied Waste at 11101 W. Executive Dr. All locations are open for waste collection from noon to 7 p.m.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: The Ada County Household Hazardous Material Collection Facility at the Hidden Hollow Landfill, located at 10300 Seaman's Gulch Rd., is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More confusion comes in when a month has a fifth week. If that's the case, and the first Tuesday or Wednesday falls in the second week, the collections still follow the schedule of the first month ... or avoid trying to do calendar math and call Hidden Hollow at 208-577-4736 to find out which location is open.

One thing that will make a Saturday drive to Hidden Hollow all the better is the hazardous material facility's Material Reuse Program. Many products received at the facility are made available to the public rather than disposed of. And they're available free of charge. Examples of those products include paint thinner, wood stain, pesticides, fertilizers, cleaning supplies, solvents and more. For more information, call 208-577-4736 or visit adaweb.net.

—Amy Atkins

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