May 11, 2013 12:48 PM by David Ortiviz

Hundreds recycle hazardous waste at Pueblo event

Hundreds of people in Pueblo spent the day recycling thousands of old household items. Today was the hazardous waste collection day at the Colorado State fairgrounds.

The annual event, organized by the Pueblo City-County Health Department, typically attracts about 700 people every year. People were able to recycle old paints, appliances, tires and electronics.

"Colorado just passed a state law--It goes into effect July 1, that you can't dispose of electronics in landfills. So we hold an event like this, so electronics with certain chemicals like mercury can be dropped off and responsibly disposed to avoid over filling landfills," said Alejandro Lerma, with the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

A reminder, the City of Pueblo is hosting a spring clean up day next Saturday, May 18 at the Southside landfill. It runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents will be able to drop off any solid waste, trash and yard trimmings for free; however they will not accept tires, hazardous waste of appliances at that event.



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