Springfield working on permanent hazardous waste collection site
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Springfield is creating a permanent hazardous waste site for residents.
They say about a thousand people came out to the collection event this year; which is more than triple any other year.
The hazardous collection site is a way of keeping harmful wastes from our sewers, streets, and soil, but it's going to be a hefty bill.
The manpower and machinery can add up to anywhere from $60 to $80,000 per day.
Now that the city wants to create a more permanent solution; they’re hoping to use the current waste and recycling fund to cover the costs.
They're planning on a voucher system, to schedule a date and time for Springfield residents to come to a drop off location.
"It’s a good thing they are initiating this,” said one resident, Zachary Adams. “It will be better for the environment so now everyone has one place to drop off everything, just in case they didn't know previously where to take things like that."
Public Works said collection events are important to avoid hazardous spills, leaks, fires, and environment contaminations.
The city hopes to start the voucher system later this month.
They're also planning to have a year-round drop off site starting next spring where residents can come once every few months, rather than once a year.