- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln officials say the city has amassed enough funds to build a permanent hazardous waste facility that could open by fall 2017.

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Director Judy Halstead says the city can move forward with design and construction plans after collecting $320,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, $300,000 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and $600,000 in city tax dollars.

What will likely be a 5,000-square-foot metal building will store household and small business hazardous waste until the city’s national contractor collects it.

Hazardous waste that will be collected include ignitable and corrosive chemicals such as pesticides, car fluids, cleaning agents, and items that contain mercury and oil-based paint, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/25Hd6mG ) reports.

According to the newspaper, the city currently collects hazardous household items at temporary mobile sites across the city about six times per year. Small business waste is collected about twice per year.

Halstead says there will be no permanent staff at the facility, which will be built near the city’s landfill transfer station and will have limited hours until officials can determine what works best for the public and small businesspeople.

Halstead says the permanent facility is expected to increase collection from small businesses.

According to Halstead, Lincoln was among the first cities in the state to offer mobile hazardous waste collections, starting in 1985, but cities such as Omaha, Norfolk, Grand Island and Holdrege all have permanent facilities.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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