At one point during the recent Blue Springs Household Hazardous Waste event, the wait was two hours long.

At one point during the recent Blue Springs Household Hazardous Waste event, the wait was two hours long.

Lisa Atkinson, associate planner with Community Development, considers that more than just modest success.

“It was a huge success,” she said. “We reached 300 cars by 11 a.m., and we got permission from Mid America Regional Council and (the hauler) to accept limited materials like anti- freeze, batteries, oil and paint from an additional 60 cars.”

Overall, 364 were served at Pink Hill Park on the north side of the city.

Atkinson said cars were backed up on Missouri 7 almost as far as Pink Hill Road. Police officers had to get waiting cars in two lines to get them off Missouri 7.

Popular or what?

By 11:45 a.m., the city reached 360 cars and needed to stop.

At that point, the education started.

While the vast majority of people were patient and understanding, there were reports of some wanting the city to offer the event more than just once a year.

Heath Ginter of Blue Springs waited for about an hour during the event, disposing of his old kitchen cleaners. Granted, he was late getting there, he said, but he said the city should offer the same if not a similar event more often during the year.

“The town’s getting bigger, so it might be in everyone’s best interest to have a few more during the year,” he said. “Maybe that way they could space out the number of people who use it.”

Atkinson said many city residents don’t realize there are similar events offered throughout the county during the year.

“A lot of it is that people aren’t educated about other drop-off sites that offer the same disposal opportunities,” Atkinson said.

For instance, Grain Valley will be offering an ABOP program, which stands for Antifreeze, Batteries, Motor Oil and Paint.

That program will be held on June 27 in Grain Valley at the Jackson County Public Works building from 8 - 11 a.m.

Residents of participating communities, including Blue Springs, can attend any mobile event or either of the two permanent drop-off facilities in Kansas City or Lee’s Summit. Those attending should bring an ID with proof of residency.

Other dates in 2009 include:

Harrisonville, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

Lone Jack, May 30 (ABOP), from 8 - 11 a.m.

 

Gladstone, June 6 (ABOP), from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

Belton, August 1, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

Platte County, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

Cass County, Sept. 12 (ABOP), from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

Kearney, Sept. 26 (ABOP), from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

Riverside, Oct. 10, from 8 - 11 a.m.

 

Liberty, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.


Residents can also drop off materials at regional sites. Be sure to call and schedule an appointment if you plan to go. Those sites include The Kansas City HHW Facility, at 4707 Deramus 816-784-2080, and The Lee’s Summit HHW Facility, at 2101 S.E. Hamblin Road 816-969-1805.