Household hazardous waste collection event Saturday morning

Routt County Environmental Health is hosting its fall Household Hazardous Waste Event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to help residents properly dispose of hazardous, toxic or poisonous items in storage in their homes and garages.

The health department reports that many items are illegal to send to the landfill, so a number of those items will be collected for nominal fees on Saturday morning in the Steamboat Springs Middle School parking lot. Paint items can be dropped off Saturday for free. Items collected for small fees include pesticides, fertilizers, mercury thermostats and aerosol containers such as spray paint, insect killer, carburetor cleaners and hairspray.

Flammable materials such as gasoline, kerosene, roofing tar, lighter fluid or acetone will be collected. Corrosive materials including acids, drain cleaner, deck wash, lye or caustic cleaners will be accepted, as well as oxidizers or reactive chemicals such as bleach, chlorine or swimming pool chemicals.

Many household cleaners, unless otherwise labeled, can be sent to the landfill as well as products such as drywall mud and caulks. For questions, contact Routt County Environmental Health at 970-870-5400.

Paints also can be recycled for free year-round through the PaintCare service collection sites at Steamboat Ace Hardware or Sherwin-Williams Paint Store in Steamboat. PaintCare accepts house paint as well as primers, stains, sealers and clear coatings such as shellac and varnish. PaintCare sites do not accept aerosol spray cans, solvents and products designed for industrial or non-architectural use.

To learn how to recycle other unneeded or reusable materials, residents can refer to the Yampa Valley Recycles database or app found at or visit the Yampa Valley Recycles Depot at 2851 Riverside Plaza, Unit 250, on the west side of Steamboat, which is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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