Fulton Plans New Waste Services

7 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, October 19 2010 Oct 19, 2010 Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:33:11 PM CDT October 19, 2010 in News

FULTON - The city of Fulton plans to announce a new, free hazardous waste center for its residents. It is expected to open a week from Saturday. The $52,000 facility will collect household items such as paint and pharmaceuticals and dispose them through the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District. Fulton city leaders paid for the project through a 2009 state grant.

By April of this year, the city received the $38,000 grant. Fulton is paying an additional $14,000 from its public works operational budget. The additional cost counts as is 27 percent of all the total expense of the facility.

Fulton's Assistant to the Director of Administration Matt Harline says the center is unique because it will not cost Callaway County residents anything to drop off home waste. The grant and match by the city will ensure the program will stay in existence indefinitely.

If Fulton residents want to drop off waste at the center, all they have to do is call in advance to set up a drop-off appointment. Fulton firefighters will run the operation. Even members of the Fulton Police Department will help ensure all waste is disposed correctly.

The facility will not accept commercial waste because it is against Missouri law. The center will also not accept biological waste or yard waste. Fulton officials say the disposal program will keep home waste out of the landfill and save the city money long-term. Items that can be dropped off include: acid, cell phones, pharmaceuticals and even flea collars and toilet bowl cleaners.

Fulton residents should expect to see more details about the program on the Fulton city website by the time the center opens on October 9.

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