Household Hazardous Waste Final Totals

Local citizens turned in thousands of pounds of paint, pesticides, household chemicals, and more at recent hazardous household waste collection events held in Seward and York on Earth Day, April 22. Four Corners Health Department received grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to host both of the events.

Each year, Four Corners applies for this funding to host collection events in two of the four counties they serve. If funding becomes available, collection events will be held in Butler and Polk counties in 2018.

This year’s events in Seward and York Counties brought in the following combined totals from 1,045 households throughout Seward and York counties:

  • 18,520 pounds of appliances
  • 16,640 pounds of paint
  • 3,560 pounds of pesticides
  • 350 gallons of motor oil
  • 240 gallons of antifreeze
  • 2,040 pounds of batteries
  • 1,860 pounds of recyclable materials
  • 969 bulbs
  • Electronics:
    • 2800 pounds in York
    • 118 TV’s & 32 computers in Seward

Four Corners Health Department would like to thank the many volunteers for their hard work to protect the environment, soil and groundwater. This year’s volunteers included (but not limited to) Concordia University students, York College students, Seward Optimist Club, York High School ACES program, Four Corners Board of Health members, York Physical Therapy and Fitness Worx, UNL Extension Offices, York Lion’s Club, UTC Aerospace Systems, Boy Scouts Troup 173, Cornerstone Bank, Agri-Products, church groups, and many other people. These volunteers were key in unloading, sorting and collecting the hazardous waste, and in helping to make these events run smoothly.

Four Corners would also like to acknowledge the communities who hosted their own clean up days to partner in this event. The City of Seward and the City of York graciously allowed us to use city property for the events and setting up these properties to meet our needs. The York/Seward Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was instrumental in finding volunteers. We appreciate the partnership with the Seward County Chamber & Development for their partnership in the Seward event.

For more information on how to dispose of household chemical waste, please call Four Corners Health Department at (877) 337-3573, by e-mail at info@fourcorners.ne.gov, or visit our website www.fourcorners.ne.gov. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.