Giddy up… and heave-ho to all those hazards | Editorial

The Great Island Cleanup was another sweeping success, on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez, too. Number five and counting. Kudos to all.

Now, it’s time to gear up for something a bit more tricky but equally important.

The 26th annual San Juan County sponsored Hazardous Waste Roundup begins Friday, May 8, starting at the transfer station on San Juan Island’s Sutton Road. Friday is dedicated exclusively for businesses, 1-3 p.m., with the following day, Saturday, open to households, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (businesses must pre-register, call 370-0534).

The roundups on Orcas and Lopez are Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, respectively. Here’s what you can get rid of: Pesticides and other poisons; gasoline and other fuels; wood preservatives, oil-based paints and stains; resins, solvents; pool and photo chemicals; polishes, degreasers, cleaning products and mothballs; fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent lamps.

Over the past 25 years, almost 400 tons—yes, tons—of pollutants have been disposed of safely, efficiently and economically: up to 25 gallons of your hazardous stuff can be jettisoned for free.

This is a classic no-brainer. These are dangerous materials that you can rid your household of at a fraction of the normal cost.

For more info, go to www.sanjuanco.sw, or contact Public Work’s Elizabeth Anderson, 370-0534 or elizabetha@sjcpublicworks.org.