Public Works News

County to build year-round facility for collecting household hazardous wastes

Posted By: Public Works on October 23, 2018

Chelan County commissioners have awarded a $1.1 million contract to a Moses Lake company for the construction of a facility that will allow residents to safely dispose of common household chemicals on a year-round basis.

Black Rock Construction and Development began construction on the moderate risk waste facility this winter. The 5,200-square-foot facility is being built at 3612 Highway 97A, near Stemilt. It is expected to be finished and open by summer 2019.

“This facility is very much needed in Chelan County,” said Brenda Blanchfield, coordinator of the Chelan County Solid Waste program. “With its construction, our residents will be able to safely and properly dispose of household hazardous wastes, keeping these materials out of our landfills and water treatment systems.”

The facility’s construction is being paid for in part with a $520,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce and a $78,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Chelan County and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere and Entiat are also contributing money for the construction project.

“The facility is a result of years of hard work and additional commitment by the cities and the county,” said Commissioner Keith Goehner, chairman of the Chelan County Board of County Commissioners.  “We appreciate everyone working together to make this happen.”

In the past, Chelan County has held annual or semi-annual household hazardous waste collection events, which can cost more than $70,000 an event. Collected are such toxic and corrosive materials as old kitchen and bathroom cleaners; paint thinner and degreasers; automobile fluids; rodent killers, insect sprays and garden pesticides; pool chemicals; and other household products. About five years ago, the county decided that instead of holding these costly events it would focus on a long-term solution.

General site work, including demolition work and the laying of the new facility’s foundation, has been completed. The new facility will charge a nominal fee for use to cover operations and disposal.

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