Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Material Reuse Program receives recognition for recycling strategies and innovation

Hazardous Material Manager Hope Petrie holds the Program Innovation Award at the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference in Clearwater, Fla.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management was honored with the Program Innovation Award by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) at the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference in Clearwater, Fla. Aug. 17 for the utilization of waste latex paint as alternative daily cover for the Mesa County Landfill.

The prestigious award recognizes unique and effective innovations in hazardous household waste, including best recycling, reuse strategies, best documented educational strategies resulting in positive behavior change, and/or best-documented hazard reduction. NAHMMA is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization committed to pollution prevention, product stewardship, and the safe and effective handling of hazardous materials.

“This is big for us—we are one of three entities awarded in Colorado, it puts our state on the map and shows the Western Slope is not lacking in innovation within our respected industries,” Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen said. “It is a great achievement, and it took every person in the Solid Waste Management team to make it happen.”

In 2013, Mesa County Solid Waste discovered that latex paint, collected at the Hazardous Household Waste Facility, mixed with commercial spray slurry, could be used as an alternative daily cover at the landfill instead of shipping the paint off-site for recycling or disposal. The daily cover is applied atop a day's accumulation of waste to prevent the interaction between the waste and the air, reducing odors.

“Last year the Hazardous Household Waste Facility provided the landfill approximately 3,800 gallons of waste latex paint and saved about $11,300 in disposal fees,” Jensen added. “The use of waste latex paint in the alternative daily cover process has proved to be a success and cost savings for the landfill and Hazardous Household Waste Facility.”

The Mesa County Landfill was the first landfill in Colorado to utilize waste latex paint as daily cover.

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