Proper waste management is a responsibility we all share. For most of us, recycling and composting opportunities are as close as our curb. But what about managing more toxic or dangerous substances? Fortunately, residents of Boulder and Broomfield counties have excellent options very close to home.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s office urges residents to practice safe disposal of unused drugs to keep them from being misused and to reduce the amount of chemicals that reach our waterways. The department operates numerous Prescription Drop-off and Exchange locations throughout the County. Click here for information and an interactive map of drop-off sites.
While in-home disposal of sharps (medical devices with sharp points or edges that puncture or cut skin) is not regulated by the State of Colorado, throwing them directly in the trash poses a health threat to family, pets, community and waste workers. For safe disposal of household sharps, use a clean empty plastic container, such as a laundry detergent bottle, and mark it SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE. Place the intact sharps into the container immediately after use and drop off at the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility at 1901 63rd St., Boulder. Click for more information.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous wastes can include cleaning and home maintenance products, yard and garden chemicals, motor oil, anti-freeze, paints, stains, rechargeable batteries and florescent bulbs. If a product label includes terms such as toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable, caution, etc., be mindful about proper disposal. The Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility accepts a wide spectrum of these wastes and is free for Boulder and Broomfield County residents. While you’re there, check out their Free Reusable Products Shop which includes a wide assortment of paints, stains and gardening fertilizers.
For hours and a complete list of acceptable material visit the County’s hazardous waste web page.