As of October 1st, Household Hazardous Waste will be barred from county landfill

Some Kandiyohi County Commissioners are concerned county residents will just throw their household hazardous waste in the garbage now that the landfill will no longer accept it. Beginning Oct. 1, the only place people can legally dispose of things like old oil, paint, pesticides, fertilizer, etc., is at the household hazardous waste site in Willmar.

County Environmental Services Director Gary Geer says the county board earlier this month approved a motion to discontinue disposal at the landfill, near New London. The concern: storage of the items at the landfill, and the transport of them from the landfill to the Household Hazardous Waste site in Willmar.

At last week’s meeting some Kandiyohi County commissioners said they were concerned people will throw away the items, where they will end up in the landfill anyway. Geer said he had faith that county residents who live outside Willmar will save up their items and bring them to the disposal site in Willmar.

The county board also approved increasing the fees to dispose of TVs and Monitors from $15 each to $25, and tire disposal fees are more than doubling from three dollars each to seven dollars. The new fees go into effect October 1, but residents will have a chance to get rid of those items at the current prices this coming Saturday during the Going Green event at the county recycling center, and at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

(JP Cola, KWLM)

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