ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — About half a million pounds of hazardous waste moves through the Mat-Su Borough Waste Facility each year. Things like cleaning supplies, pesticides, and paints are all things that could harm the environment if not properly disposed of, but some of it can be recycled and even re-used.
"I think it's a great idea, because there's a place you can bring it for nothing, and somebody else will probably even use it. Doesn't get any better than that," said Steve Koniecski, who is a regular customer at the re-use store.
Mat-Su Borough residents may dispose of up to 40 pounds of household hazardous waste free of charge, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's called Hazmat Days, a program put on by the Solid Waste Division.
Residents may drop off items like acids, adhesives, brake fluid, fuel, and maybe leave with a few things to complete some projects around the house.
"It's just smart. You know, otherwise somebody's going to have to go and clean up a toxic waste site," said Koniecski.
The program helps customers save money, while helping the environment by keeping these things out of the landfill.
"We have people that paint the whole outside of their house, said Brett Olson, Solid Waste Environmental Unit Supervisor. "We had one lady who came in and she loaded up like three pick up trucks, and her and her friends took as much exterior latex paint as they could and they painted four or five houses in one summer. They saved thousands of dollars in paint."
Visit the Mat-Su Borough Solid Waste Division for more information on Hazmat Days.