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Anniversary of Special Waste Collection Center

Press Release

Press Release - Earth Day Marks One Year Anniversary of City Special Waste Collection Center

Posted: 04/14/2015

SWCC entranceThe City of Elk Grove is celebrating a cleaner and greener community this Earth Day thanks to a full year of operation at the City’s Special Waste Collection Center.

Since it’s opening in April 2014, the facility has accepted nearly 300,000 lbs. (130 tons) of recyclable materials diverted from local landfills. The facility has been used by more than 8,000 customers to dispose of paint, cleaning supplies, electronics and other household recyclables.  Its re-use room has connected nearly 1,000 residents with products that can be re-used and re-purposed.

The $4.6 million Special Waste Collection Center, located at 9255 Disposal Lane Road, is the first, and only, facility of its kind in the nation powered by solar energy.  The facility accepts typical household hazardous wastes and recyclables like antifreeze, batteries, cooking oil, used motor oil, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline and electronic waste.  The facility also allows for disposal of hard-to-recycle items like rigid plastic, cardboard boxes, metal and appliances at no fee.

The Special Waste Collection Center is open to residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday.  Small businesses can dispose of hazardous waste on Wednesdays by appointment only.  Visitors must present valid photo identification such as a driver’s license or a current utility bill.  Visitors who drop off items on April 22 will receive a complimentary funnel in honor of Earth Day and the facility’s one-year anniversary.

The Special Waste Collection Center itself represents a significant accomplishment in green building.  Formerly a dilapidated industrial site, the City of Elk Grove redeveloped the site and 100 percent of the previous concrete, asphalt and steel buildings were recycled.   The City has applied for LEED Gold Certification for construction of the facility.  LEED Certification provides independent, third party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. 

The City’s Special Waste Collection Center received 14 awards in 2014 including:

Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
Special Waste Collection Center

Sustainable Business of the Year Award Resolution

Sacramento Area Sustainable Business
Special Waste Collection Center

Certificate of Achievement

North American Hazardous Material Management Association
How to Properly Transport Household Hazardous Waste Instructional Video

Outstanding Public Education Award

Annual Sacramento Area Sustainable Business of the Year Awards
The Special Waste Collection Center

Green Building Award

American Public Works Association – Sacramento Chapter
The Special Waste Collection Center

Project of the Year Award
Large Agency Division – Environment – Hazardous Waste Category

California Resource Recovery Association
The Special Waste Collection Center

Outstanding HHW/U-/E-Waste Program Award

How to Transport Household Hazardous Waste to the City of Elk Grove’s Special Waste Collection Center
Cross-Generational Project Award

Sacramento Environmental Commission
Special Waste Collection Center

Successful Environmental Education Award

Student Educational Video Awards
The City of Elk Grove Reminds You…Keep us Green and Clean

Honorable Mention
Public Service Announcement: 4-6

For more information about the Special Waste Collection Center, visit the Garbage and Recycling pages on www.elkgrovecity.org.

 

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