The city of Basehor and Leavenworth County partnered last weekend to host a household hazardous waste clean-up effort to ensure that hazardous material would be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

The three-hour event allowed local residents to bring unneeded items such as old paint cans, corrosives, drywall spackle, aerosol cans and poisons to be safely disposed of by a company outside of Leavenworth County. The event was held at the Basehor Public Works Department facility.

“We are happy to offer this program with the city of Basehor to safely dispose of hazardous waste that is otherwise not easily disposed of,” said Jim Anderson, household hazardous waste supervisor for Leavenworth County. “We hope to make this an annual Basehor event.”

For proper disposal or recycling, unused paint will be sent to the Johnson County landfill. Poisons, oil-based paints and corrosives will be sent to a company in St. Louis that specializes in appropriate disposal and recycling.

The city of Basehor also offered a used motor oil recycle barrel collection point.

A limit of 20 containers per resident was announced to allow sufficient capacity for all residents interested in participating in the program. Advance information also stated that items being dropped off required a label of the contents as well as some sort of lid or cap on the container. Leaking containers were not accepted due to safety concerns.

While business hazardous material was not accepted during this event, households or businesses with more than 20 items are asked to call the Leavenworth County Transfer Station to set up an appointment.

Anderson reported that 28 residents dropped off a total of 3,588 pounds of household hazardous waste material at the disposal site last Saturday.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com