(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The City of St. Joseph collected more than 50,000 pounds of hazardous waste Saturday at Remington Nature Center.
People flocked to the center to dispose of old electronics, oils, fuels, and household cleaners. City officials hold the event twice a year. They say the goal is to keep hazardous waste out of landfills and to limit pollution.
"Well it's just an opportunity for residents to get rid of that stuff that we want to keep out of the waste water and out of the landfill," Landfill Superintendent Bill Blacketer said. "It's a safe disposal option for them to get rid of those chemicals."
The event follows the City's Clean Sweep Program. During that event, the city collected 500 tons of yard waste, trash and appliances. City officials said they will hold another Household Hazardous Waste Day and another Clean Sweep event in the Fall.