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Kenosha County to hold household hazardous waste collection day

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Kenosha County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, has announced plans to hold a spring collection event.

“The Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste Program is a free program and a great opportunity for Kenosha County residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly way,” County Executive Jim Kreuser said.

As in 2020, e-waste (electronic waste) and refrigerant waste (items containing freon) will also be accepted again this year.

Everyone who lives in Kenosha County — the city, towns and villages — can dispose of their household hazardous waste, e-waste and refrigerant waste by bringing their waste items to the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th Street, Bristol, on Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the only countywide household hazardous waste collection date scheduled for this year.

Due to long lines and wait times in the past, City of Kenosha residents are encouraged to use the City’s hazardous waste and e-waste disposal programs. For more information, visit the City of Kenosha’s website at www.kenosha.org/departments/water-utility/household-hazardous-waste-program.

Measures have been taken to reduce wait times at this year’s county event.

Household hazardous waste items include: household cleaners, aerosol cans, bug sprays, vehicle maintenance related fluids, oil-based paints, paint removal products, fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals and garden/outdoor related products.

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Accepted e-waste items include: computers, laptops, fax machines, keyboards, mice, stereos, scanners, iPods, TVs, VCRs, DVD, CD and MP3 players, printers, phones, copiers, power tools, toner cartridges and electronic toys.

All e-waste items will be accepted free of charge.

Refrigerant waste items include: refrigerators, water coolers, freezers, air conditioners, water heaters, dehumidifiers, microwaves and other household appliances.

Thousands of people from Nairobi's poorest districts who typically scramble through waste to earn money can no longer do so due to COVID-19. It's East Africa's biggest dumpsite and on  any normal day, about 850 tonnes of rubbish is left here.  The waste workers have no physical protection from potentially toxic or hazardous waste, which ends up there. But a partial lockdown of Nairobi, Kenya and the closure of businesses, hotels and restaurants means there's much less rubbish to recycle. Mary Mbinya is among those who rely on recycling to make a living. "The virus has affected our activity. Most of us can hardly afford to pay rent. There is no work. We can spend a whole day without making any money. Sometimes only one truck brings trash and yet there are too many trash pickers here," Mbinya said. The process normally entails separating recyclables from mounds of waste before taking them to recycling facilities. Mary Wambui has four children and has earned an income here, dealing in plastic and paper recycling for the past five years. "Coronavirus has negatively affected us. The women that bring the recyclable plastic and paper can only bring a meagre two or three kilogrammes," Wambui said. "A lot of trash from outside the country would end up here from the airport, but now we can hardly get any. We would also get some waste food to feed our livestock such as pigs but nowadays we can hardly get enough," she added.

The following items will not be accepted: latex paint, tires, infectious or biological waste, propane cylinders, explosives, radioactive waste, medical and pharmaceutical waste and commercial or business waste.

Latex paint is not considered to be a hazardous material. It may be disposed of with regular garbage by putting kitty litter in a box, spreading the paint over the litter and allowing it to dry. If latex paint cans are empty or the paint is completely dry in the can, it may also be disposed of with regular garbage.

Lead acid batteries, which include vehicle and power tool batteries, have not been accepted in the past but will be accepted this year.

For more information regarding the event, please visit Kenosha County’s website at www.kenoshacounty.org or contact the Extension Kenosha County Office at 262-857-1945.

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