April 13, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Household Chemical Collection Center Expands Hours

As a part of the 2009 citywide Earth Day celebration, the City of Springfield will expand hours at the Household Chemical Collection Center to make it easier for Springfield-Greene County residents to use this recycling service.

The HCCC will open for its first Saturday hours on Saturday, April 18, as part of the Earth Day activities taking place across Springfield that day. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 864-2000 or 864-1904.

Hours also will be adjusted for greater convenience on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, April 21. The Center is at 1226 W. Nichols St. The Center will now be open for appointments during the following hours:

The new Saturday hours are based on previous requests for weekend availability. Participation numbers will be monitored, reviewed, and may be adjusted with the goal of increasing the use of the HCCC.

The appointment time is for anytime during the three-hour block on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays. An exact time is not required so that citizens can have flexibility in bringing their materials to the Center. The appointments are necessary to allow Center staff to: 1) be prepared for the materials being brought to the HCCC; 2) advise customers about the safest way to pack and transport the materials; 3) give customers other, perhaps more convenient, options for proper disposal/recycling of their materials; and 4) maximize staff resources.

Instructional information on using the HCCC is available on this week’s edition of CityBeat on TV23, the City’s government access channel. The program is available anytime on the City’s Web site at: tv23.springfieldmo.gov and airs multiple times each day on Mediacom Channel 23. The schedule also is available on the TV23 Web page.

One of only a handful of similar facilities, Springfield’s HCCC is a drive-through facility, with most appointments taking about 5 minutes. Materials cannot come from businesses – the facility holds permits only for household wastes.

Since opening as the first permanent facility of its kind in Missouri in August 1994, more than one million pounds of household hazardous waste have been collected at the HCCC. These materials would have otherwise been poured down drains, onto the ground or put in the trash. The recycling rate of the materials over that time is more than 90 percent. A listing of materials accepted at the HCCC is available on the City’s Web site: www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling or by calling the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904. A printed brochure also is available.

The types of items that can be taken to the HCCC include: automotive products; home-improvement products; pesticides; household cleaners; craft materials; pool chemicals; and more.

The HCCC is part of the voter-approved Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS), which also includes the City-operated Recycling Centers, the Springfield Sanitary Landfill, the Yardwaste Recycling Center, the Information and Education Program, and the Market Development Program.

The expansion of hours at the HCCC is an outcome of the put-or-pay agreement approved between the City and the two largest, national solid waste haulers, WCA of Missouri and Allied Services. Under the agreement, the two companies will bring a specified amount of Springfield’s solid waste to the Springfield Sanitary Landfill each day. This provides stable funding for the City-provided services of the ISWMS. The ISWMS is funded primarily from Landfill tipping fees and does not receive support from the City’s General Fund.

For more information on the voter-approved Integrated Solid Waste Management System, visit the Web site: www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling or call the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904.

For more information, contact: Barbara Lucks, Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator, 864-2005.

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Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov