The City of Mesa will officially open its new Household Hazardous Materials Facility to City of Mesa residents on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Once open, City of Mesa residents will have year-round access to dispose of their household hazardous materials such as paint, automotive fluids, propane tanks and other hazardous chemicals. The 7,000-sq. ft. facility represents and reflects several of the City's sustainability goals.Protect the communityEncourage proper disposal of harmful household materials by providing convenient weekly drop-off hoursThe facility will be open to Mesa residents Wednesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-noonResidents will need to show upon arrival proof of Mesa residency by either presenting a driver's license with a Mesa address OR a current utility bill or rent receipt with a Mesa address and a photo I.D. with matching nameBusiness and industrial waste are strictly prohibited and will not be acceptedProvide a Swap Shop where residents can pick up, free of charge, household materials that were dropped off but are still usable such as cleaners, propane and paintOffer education about alternative household materials that are better for the environmentUse building features to help preserve natural resourcesEPA's ENERGY STAR(R) best practices were incorporated into the building design, including use of natural light, daylight sensors and high-performance HVAC equipmentRenewable energy from solar panels will be used to offset energy useConstruction waste was diverted from the landfill, when possibleUtilize practices to provide environmental benefitsFeature native and desert-adapted plants that will attract wildlife, reduce the urban heat island effect and beautify a former landfillUsed low impact development strategies that will collect rainwater to supplement landscape irrigation and improve water qualityWork with local companies to bulk materials, like oil, that can be recycled and reused
"We are very excited to open this new permanent facility which will further strengthen Mesa's commitment to be a good steward of the environment. The facility will offer a convenient option for Mesa residential customers to dispose of items which should not be placed in their trash or recycle containers, poured down the drain or poured into the street. This project could not be possible without the support of our residents and the continued support of our City Council," stated Environmental Management& Sustainability Director Scott Bouchie.
For more information about the City of Mesa's Household Hazardous Materials Program and how Mesa residents should prepare for their visit to the new facility, visit www.mesarecycles.org.
Environmental Management & Sustainability
Contact: Mariano Reyes