Routt County drop-off event collects almost 11,000 pounds of household hazardous waste

The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off hosted by Routt County Department of Environmental Health on Oct. 8 resulted in a large collection of 10,947 pounds of hazardous, toxic or recyclable materials from county residents for proper disposal by vendors.

The department reported collection of a total 6,389 pounds of paint including 4,161 pounds of latex paint and 2,228 pounds of oil-based paint.

The drop-off collected a total 4,558 pounds of chemicals such as 1,436 pounds of flammable liquids, 862 pounds of toxic liquids, 525 pounds of used motor oil, 523 pounds of aerosols and 188 pounds of corrosive liquids.

The October event represented the one time of year that the county’s Department of Environmental Health hosts a combined one-stop drop-off for many chemicals that are not allowed in the trash or landfill because the items can be poisonous, toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive or caustic.

This fall’s collection topped last year’s collection of 2,300 pounds of hazardous waste and 3,300 pounds of paint.

For questions about household hazardous waste, email Environmental Health at To find out where to recycle other items year-round, visit the website

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