On Thursday, May 27, the Board of County Commissioners voted to extend the hazardous waste contract with Heritage Environmental Services, for the next three years.
Heritage collects and transports all of the hazardous materials that are collected at the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility. This includes poisons, acids and bases, flammable liquids and other hazardous chemicals - even those that have been banned for decades, including DDT, that are dropped off by Johnson County residents.
Since 1993, Johnson County Government has operated a household hazardous waste facility where Johnson County residents can safely dispose of their unwanted paint, yard chemicals, household cleaners, aerosol cans and other household chemicals.
Since it opened, the Johnson County HHW facility has collected more than 12 million pounds of waste from more than 200,000 Johnson County residents. In 2019 alone, Johnson County residents dropped off nearly 200,000 pounds of hazardous waste, which was transported for safe disposal by Heritage Environmental Services.
The HHW facility also collected 10,000 gallons of latex paint, which was recycled on site. The facility reused 113,000 pounds of materials through the FreeStore. The FreeStore allows Johnson County residents to take usable items that have been dropped off by other residents.
Learn more about the household hazardous waste program.