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Hazardous materials

December 21, 2001

facility opening

By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Imperial Valley residents who would like to rid themselves of certain types of household hazardous waste can do so beginning Jan. 5.

El Centro Public Works Director Steve Hogan said the material must be delivered to the 702 E. Heil Ave. facility in El Centro. Residents will be required to show proof they live in the county to drop off any materials. Businesses must call the facility and make an appointment before delivering the goods.

The money for the facility was obtained through a $117,000 state grant from the Integrated Waste Management Board, and the city of El Centro was designated as the county's lead administrator for the waste-collection program.

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Hogan said until the public's response to the program can be determined, the facility will only be open four hours a week. The grand opening is tentatively scheduled for sometime in April. There will be no fee to drop off waste, though he said a fee could be instituted later.

"We'll have to see," Hogan said.

The long-term plan is to eventually open a drop-off facility somewhere in the North County.

Materials that will be accepted include ammonia cleaners, drain cleaners, aerosol cans, mothballs, photographic chemicals, paint, solvents, grease, brake fluid, batteries, acids, insect sprays, swimming pool chemicals and disinfectants.

Unacceptable items include medical waste, radioactive material, large compressed-gas cylinders, asbestos, needles and ammunition.

Besides El Centro, the Imperial Valley Waste Management Task Force agencies include the cities of Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, Holtville, Imperial, Westmorland and the county.

The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning Jan. 5. Businesses can call 337-4537 for appointments.

For more information log on to www.ivwmtf.org

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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