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Tucson household hazardous waste collection set for Saturday

Tucson household hazardous waste collection set for Saturday

  • A hazardous waste collection event in Tucson several years ago.
    Environmental and General Services Department file photoA hazardous waste collection event in Tucson several years ago.

Tucson residents can dispose of hazardous waste and have documents shredded this Saturday free of charge during the city's May collection event.

This month's drop-off  event will accept everything from old electronics to paper documents from 8 a.m. until noon at the Pima Community College East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Rd.

The household hazardous waste collection is meant to encourage people to safely dispose of cleaning chemicals and other products toxic to people, their pets and the environment.

Individuals can drop off up to three boxes of documents for shredding, plus glass bottles and jars in addition to hazardous waste. Medical waste and trash from businesses is not allowed.

The city has an online list of the HHW that is accepted at collections, which includes pesticides, printer cartridges and cleaning products. The collection site will also accept old electronics such as cell phones and printers. Materials that aren't accepted are also listed, including dried paint and ammunition.

City officials rotate the location of the event each month, with a schedule provided on the Household Hazard Waste Program's website.

Due to this Saturday's event, HHW won't be collected at Los Reales on Saturday. Normally, residents can drop it off there Thursday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday's collection event is free of charge for Tucson city residents. Pima County residents who live outside the city limits and those from Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita will be charged a $10 fee.

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