Baldwin eyes hazardous waste clean-up

Baldwin Township is likely to host a household hazardous waste mobile collection event in the spring.

John Exner, environmental specialist with Sherburne County, attended the Baldwin Township board meeting on Tuesday, September 18.

“Mobile hazardous waste collection events give residents a convenient local disposal option for their unwanted hazardous waste,” Exner said, noting that hazardous waste is not allowed in the landfills.

The township board gave a tentative nod to the event, with members saying they would like to hold the event the week following the township clean-up day in the spring.

The mobile household hazardous waste event would be free to all residents of Sherburne County. Funding is provided through the county’s SCORE budget, which consists, in part, of the solid waste management tax collected on all resident and commercial trash bills. ID cards or property tax statements will be required to ensure only Sherburne County residents participate.

Veolia Environmental services (Blaine), the state’s contractor for hazardous waste transport and disposal, will be handling the event along with county staff. The county’s responsibility will be managing traffic flow, checking residency, and general event management.

Exner noted that they reserve the right to refuse waste from anyone.

Examples of accepted items include paints (oil and latex), adhesives, aerosols, automotive fluids, household cleaners, fire extinguishers, mercury, pesticides, pool/spa chemicals and fluorescent bulbs.

Unaccepted items include electronics, appliances, asbestos, carpet, explosives, furniture, medical waste and tires.

“Sometimes accidents happen,” Exner said, “and we get people with broken boxes and chemicals will spill. We clean up after ourselves. We also come back the next day to pick up anything that was dumped after we closed up the night before.”