WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Like it or not, weekends often mean it’s clean-up time where you round-up the clutter and dump it in the trash.
However, some clutter can be classified as hazardous household waste which means you’re stuck with it since it’s not meant for your trash can or recycle bin.
That’s why Sedgwick County officials and Textron Aviation made it easy Saturday to help you get rid of paint or old cleaning supplies and other similar materials.
Sedgwick County residents lined up to drop off their hazardous household waste at the Textron Aviation parking lot in east Wichita where they could safely dispose of it at no charge.
“These chemicals that people got in their houses, it’s just not good to drop them in the environment,” said Tony Saggerson as he dropped off his household materials. “I mean, they need to be disposed of correctly.”
A total of 270 people dropped off waste products totaling nearly 30,000 pounds at the 12th annual Textron Aviation household waste collection event. Textron said it was a way for the company to give back to the community.
“Most people don’t want to throw it in the trash and don’t know what to do with it. So it basically collects in their garage and so forth. We allow them an easy access to get rid of the household hazardous waste,” said Mike Price, a senior environmental engineer with Textron.
Another person dropping off some old paint was homeowner John Smith.
“We built a house about 10 years ago and we’ve had it, but I don’t think it’s good anymore,” Smith said as he unloaded old paint from his car. “So this is a great opportunity, some place close to home, to dispose of the paint properly.”
And, the drop-off site also helped Adam Pineda get rid of some clutter in his garage.
“You end up getting a lot of it in your garage, and then you don’t really know what to do with it. We have this here. Well, bring it off and drop it off,” said Pineda.
Textron also teamed up with officials at the City of Wichita to get some car emissions testing done.
“The more that we can control hydrocarbon emission and or nox emissions, that gives it less fuel to create the ozone,” said Randy Owen, and environmental quality specialist with the city.
Whether those who showed up at the Textron site Saturday were there to clean up their house or the air we breathe, they all did their part to help the environment.
If you missed Saturday’s annual hazardous waste collection event, there’s no need to worry. You can drop off you hazardous materials between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday’s at the Sedgwick County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 801 Stillwell. You can find it on the map below.