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At-home collection of household hazardous waste underway in Prescott

Prescott City Hall on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott City Hall on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

A year ago, Prescott residents safely and conveniently disposed of nearly 12 tons of old paints, pesticides, antifreeze, and other household hazardous wastes.

This year, residents again have the opportunity to get rid of those hard-to-dispose-of products through the City of Prescott’s at-home collection program.

After 2018’s successful program, which that allowed Prescott residents to make an appointment to have their household hazardous products picked up at their homes, the Prescott City Council entered a similar contract for 2019.

While the city’s solid waste division set a signup deadline for the program earlier in the year, Solid Waste Superintendent Mollie Mangerich reported this week that February’s major snowstorm appeared to interfere with people’s plans to participate.

As of last week, Mangerich said, “Registration was really low.”

Since then, as a public information effort got the word out about the program, she said registrations have picked up significantly. As of Tuesday afternoon, March 5, a total of 353 households had signed up.

Still, Mangerich is hoping that more residents will sign up in the coming weeks.

Because of the snow-related impacts, she said, “We made the decision we wouldn’t stop registration.”

The at-home pick-ups began on Monday, March 4, and will continue throughout the month.

Prescott residents can register to have their household hazardous-waste items picked at their homes either by visiting the city’s website at, and typing “Household Hazardous Waste” in the search bar, or by calling the solid waste division at 928-777-1116.

The sign-up form includes information about the allowed quantities of paint, gasoline, and other automotive liquids, and asks residents to list the items they plan to dispose of.

Mangerich stressed that people should not place their hazardous household waste at the curb with their other garbage. Rather, they should leave the items at their front door or in front of their garage door.

Mangerich clarified the different categories of batteries. The program will pick up: car batteries; rechargeable batteries (NiCd and NiMH and Li-on) that are used to power devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras, tools, and cell phones; and button cell batteries that are round and commonly found in watches, hearing aids, and calculators and contain small amounts of mercury.

The top items collected in Prescott last year were oil-based and latex paints, flammable liquids, pesticides, and corrosive liquids.

The city entered a contract with Kary Environmental for up to $75,000 to handle this year’s pick-up and disposal of Prescott’s household hazardous waste.

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