The Brookings Regional Landfill is encouraging Hamlin, Deuel, Kingsbury, Lake, Brookings, and Moody County residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste (HHW) in a safe and environmentally responsible way at its first annual collection event on Saturday, August 21st at the Swiftel Center from 8 a.m. to noon. The event is free with a recommended donation of a non-perishable food item(s) which will be donated to the Brookings Food Pantry.
“The City of Brookings believes in being good stewards of the natural environment and providing services that protect our residents. This year I am excited to see this free event that will grant an opportunity for the safe disposal of household hazardous wastes. I encourage all to clean their homes of excess paints, fertilizer, and other similar chemicals that can be toxic to children, pets and pose harm to our first responders. This event meets two of the City Council's strategic goals, which include providing a safe, inclusive and connected community and developing more sustainable endeavors. It’s programs like this which help us achieve our dream of a cleaner and safer Brookings,” said City Manager Paul Briseno.
Staff will be on-site to collect small, household quantities of products such as paint, weed killers, auto repair products, household cleaners, and compact fluorescent bulbs. Unaccepted items include but are not limited to commercial waste, industrial waste, medical or radioactive waste, explosives, ammunition, electronics, antifreeze, and oil.
According to the EPA, improper disposal of HHW can cause harm to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems, pollute bodies of water, or present danger to children or pets if left around the house. The landfill is working with Veolia, a 3rd party that helps manage, transport, and properly dispose of hazardous or regulated wastes.
For more information about this event or a full list of acceptable items, visit https://www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov/330/Household-Hazardous-Waste-Event or call the Brookings Regional Landfill at 605-693-3667.