Gilbert won’t offer its semiannual hazardous waste drop-off anymore — thanks to a successful program that allows residents to drop off harmful waste three days a week rather than twice a year.
In October, more than 174 cars dropped off more than 13,816 pounds of waste at the town hazardous waste collection facility. And in September, 190 cars dropped off 16,301 pounds of hazardous materials, which cannot be tossed in residents’ regular garbage canisters.
The program, which began in July, is more convenient for residents than having to wait for seasonal drop-offs, town spokesman Greg Svelund said.
“We have a lot of people who keep paint and motor oil in their garage waiting twice a year for these events,” he said. “This is better for them. The lines will be a lot less. When you get 1,000 people all going to the same spot at the same time, there are relatively long lines.”
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is at the South Area Service Center, 2224 E. Queen Creek Road. The entrance is a half block west of Greenfield Road at 158 Street, just off of Queen Creek Road.
Waste is collected 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Waste that may be dropped off include: batteries; up to five rimless automobile tires; paints and stains; adhesives and solvents; motor oil and antifreeze; transmission and hydraulic fluids; gasoline and diesel fuel; pool chemicals; household cleaners; fluorescent light bulbs; electronic wastes such as computers, printers, monitors and televisions; weed killer and pesticides. There is a five-gallon limit per person on paint, oil and antifreeze.
The facility also gives away some used material, including paint and pesticides, for free.
For information on the program, visit www.ci.gilbert.az.us/pw/hhw.cfm.