Scottsdale will now get a break from the federal government when it comes to how often the city must dispose of the hazardous waste it generates.
The city was notified in late April by the Environmental Protection Agency that it was accepted into the EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program, said Larry Person, senior environmental coordinator for Scottsdale.
The program recognizes facilities and communities that “set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance and have internal systems in place to manage environmental impacts,” a news release from the city stated.
Because the city has been accepted into the program, the EPA will allow the city to dispose of its hazardous waste three times per year as opposed to four, Person said.
The city generates about 200 pounds of hazardous waste every six months, Person said. The waste includes paint and paint-related products, dirt-contaminated gasoline and small amounts of heavy metals, Person said.
The hazardous waste is stored for 90 days in a fireproof, explosion-proof facility maintained by the city before being transported to Louisiana, Pennsylvania or, in some instances, to recycling facilities in Arizona, he said.
The city will now be allowed to store the hazardous waste for up to 120 days, Person said.
Person said Scottsdale was accepted into the EPA program because it has “a clean bill of health” when it comes to environmental performance.
Scottsdale was first accepted into the program in December 2000, he said. The city failed to reapply in 2003 because it lacked the manpower and time, he said.
Since June 2000, when the program was created, the program’s membership has grown to more than 400 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the release stated. Scottsdale is one of four new Arizona participants in the program.