An upgraded site for disposal of household hazardous waste - it's still called HazoHouse - opens next week at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center.
The $1.2 million center, which also includes the center’s regular recycling operations and the Goodwill Industries drop-off services at 2418 Hogum Bay Road in Lacey, will open March 4. The last day of operation for the old recycling center is Feb. 28.
The new HazoHouse includes a sheltered drop-off area, easy drive-in, drive-out access and an improved ventilation system for employees and customers, according to county solid-waste officials.
HazoHouse will expand its hours of operation to include Tuesdays. It will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays. The other recycling services are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.
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The new recycling complex is to the southeast side of the Thurston County dog park and will have its own looped entrance and exit off Hogum Bay Road. Customers also can proceed to the solid waste toll booth and disposal area from the recycling center.
HazoHouse accepts hazardous household items such as solvents, cleaning supplies, fluorescent light tubes, pesticides and other products for safe disposal and recycling at no charge. The cost to operate and renovate the center is paid for with garbage disposal fees at the waste and recovery center.
The county opened HazoHouse in 1989 to protect human health and the environment from the improper disposal of hazardous materials.
In 2002, 7,364 customers brought 117 tons of hazardous waste to the center. The 2009 figures show 16,396 customers disposed of 410 tons of unwanted toxic products.
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