JOHNSTOWN -After skipping this year, the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste will conduct its previously annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day again on Aug. 10 at the landfill.
"We have it in our budget for 2013," department Director Jeff Bouchard told the Board of Supervisors' Economic Development and Environment Committee last week.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day was an annual event for 12 years in August at the landfill on Mud Road. County officials decided in September 2011 not to conduct it for 2012 to save the county money. Officials opted to possibly conduct it every other year, instead of on an annual basis.
"We are trying to be more conservative," department Deputy Director Cindy Livingston said Monday.
The special public day at the landfill allows pre-registered county residents to discard materials that otherwise wouldn't be accepted at the landfill. They include oil-based paints and stains, pool chemicals, household cleaning products; lawn- care products such as pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides; home maintenance items such as thinners, strippers and varnish; automotive fluids, driveway sealer, photographic chemicals, solvents, degreasers and household batteries; and mercury-containing devices such as thermometers and thermostats.
Livingston said there were 267 participants in the 2011 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and the 2013 turnout - if numbers "bump up" - will determine if the county goes back to holding the event again on an annual basis.
Bouchard told the committee the county anticipates reimbursement for the 2013 event. In order to request 50 percent reimbursement from the state, the county needs to submit a grant application. He said the estimated budget amount for next year's collection day is $40,000, so his department will submit a grant application to the Department of Environmental Conservation requesting a maximum of $20,000 reimbursement.
The committee authorized submittal of the application, and full board will consider its approval Nov. 13.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.